When a woman decides to attend an all women’s college, she is making a huge decision in her life.
Notice, I say “woman” not “girl” because as the old saying going for all female colleges, “We are not a girls’ school without men; we are a women’s college without boys.”
When a female makes the decision to attend a women’s college, she also has to battle several myths that often go along with them.
Here are the top 10 myths most women face:
1. We are all major feminists who are concerned with women’s issues
While some women at women’s colleges do fit this description, not everyone on campus is exactly like this. We all vary based on our backgrounds, experiences, etc.
2. Boys cannot come in our rooms or sleep over
False. We are not a seminary or school for women who want to become nuns. We can have guys over to study, watch movies, spend the night, or just to hangout. We are treated like adults and are allowed these privileges unless we abuse or take advantage of them.
3. For fun, we have late night pillow fights in our underwear
Again, false. Sorry men, but that is still just a fantasy dream or something you see in the movies.
4. We eat too much and do not dress up because there is no one to impress
While yes, we do have our bad days when we want to just pig out and eat Ben & Jerry’s, we do dress up for class and watch what we eat. We are just lucky to have the option of not having to dress up because we have no boys to impress in class and dressing a certain way does not have an influence on how we are graded. Teachers want us in class to learn, not for a fashion show.
5. We are all lesbians
No, of course we aren’t all lesbians. We like boys and some like girls, just like every other college campus in the United States.
6. We were not smart enough for coed schools
Super false. If anything all women’s colleges are more competitive because they only accept women.
7. We are all either boy deprived or never meet boys
Nope, many of us have boyfriends or go out on the weekends to meet boys. It is not like the college refuses to let us meet or ever see them. Back in the old days, the all women’s colleges used to set up mixers with the coed schools and host dances and invite boys only so the women could meet men.
8. We have a harder time getting jobs
Most people think we are socially deprived and will not be able to succeed in the “real” world because we have only been surrounded by women for our entire college experience. Actually, women who graduate from all women’s colleges are more successful and do very well in the “real” world.
9. We are all wealthy
The myth that we are all wealthy is completely false. Many students take out loans, have financial aid, scholarships, etc. to help them get through college. The exact same as if they were going to a co-ed college.
10. It is just a modern day finishing school, where we are getting our MRS degree
While some women do attend all women’s colleges to get the so called “MRS” degree, not everyone in attendance is there for that exact reason. Majority of women who graduate from women’s colleges go on to get law degrees, PhD’s, MBA’s, become doctors, etc.
While these are the main 10 myths that follow girls who go on to attend all women’s colleges, here are a few positives: Athletics actually get better funding because the schools are funding sports for women, majority of women leave all women’s colleges with more confidence and outgoing personalities, and many prominent and famous women (such as Hillary Clinton, Julia Child, Meryl Streep and Katherine Hepburn) went to all women’s colleges.
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