- Posted February 22, 2013 by
Notre Dame, Indiana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Girls + Education: Your message
Why I love my all girls college
Now as he’s a sixteen-year-old boy, his answer was simple, no. I don’t blame him, I know he likes flirting with all the girls, but I’ve also seen his grades.
I go to Saint Marys College in Notre Dame, Indiana. For those of you that have never heard of it (which I assume is most), Saint Marys is the all girls equivalent to the University of Notre Dame.
The truth about my all girls’ education is that I love it. I was forced to go to SMC and I hated my parents for making that decision, but my mother wanted me to go to a female only college. At 18, I did not understand why, but now I do.
At my school I am not afraid to say exactly what I want in class for fear of that cute guy in front of me laughing. I can be who I want to be. I don’t spend worthless time looking pretty for class. Half the time my attire is jeans and a sweatshirt. My friend from high school spends 45 minutes each morning doing her hair and makeup. That is time I can spend sleeping.
Now I am not saying get rid of men overall, I actually quite enjoy them. Many of my friends are men and I have a wonderful boyfriend at Notre Dame. The thing is, I do enjoy not having him on my campus. I get to be the motivated, type-a student I want to be without having to worry that I am scaring him. Luckily for me, nothing scares him and he loves my independent nature, but I am not who I am without my school.
Most girls I know only go to Saint Mary’s because Notre Dame is across the street. I will admit that is the one thing that made the school ok at first, but now I realize how much I love going to an all girls’ school. I love whom they have made me.
I’ve never had this much confidence before and I can honestly say I feel prepared to take on the world. This semester I’m studying at American University in co-ed classes and I’m probably the only girl who actually has no problem talking to big named speakers. My girl’s education has taught me how to be sure of myself and is sending me into the world knowing I am just as good as any man out there.
I’m not a crazy feminist. I am equalist. I do not believe that the education I got in my co-ed public high school prepared me for the real world. Men wrote all the books I read in American literature. I never had one government teacher who was female and I can honestly say that being laughed at by all the guys in my class did not make me feel better. Women and men learn differently. Women enjoy discussion while men prefer lectures. We are different creatures and should no longer be treated as one being.
I am not advocating for a complete separation of males and females in education. I do believe that if women have separate academic classes in high school, they would do better. They would become more confident, more independent and less distracted by the cute soccer player.
I love my all girls’ college for so many reasons. Besides the fact that I feel prepared for the real world and that I can be who I want to be, my library has craft tables during finales. We have Sunday ice cream parties with recent released chick flicks and our dining hall spends more time on healthy food than larger quantities (we have an awesome salad bar).
That being said, I also love Notre Dame, in spite of its many scandals, but part of me wishes that they were all boys. It would be so much easier to find a date.