Where are the Boys?

By Anna Petkovich '14Features Editor

A few weekends ago, my friend and I found ourselves in a Pitzer dorm room with a bunch of guys. It was loud, smelled a little funny, and there was a giant container of protein powder on the counter – yet it still was quite a refreshing change of scene. This was because for a month prior, in the midst of beginning the school year and adjusting to college life, I had been surrounded by girls. Nonstop.

A similar experience occurred during a recent visit to UC Santa Barbara. I was sitting with a friend in her dorm room (in a co-ed hall) when a boy popped through the open door to say hello. It was like seeing an exotic bird. Something as simple as boys walking down the hallways is a novelty to me, and yet commonplace to the college experience of so many others.

I had not thought much about attending a women’s college before arriving at Scripps. The education would be fantastic, the campus is beautiful, so would lack of the opposite sex really matter in the end? It’s not like boys are that far away, I assured others and myself.

I also had not thought much about boys being an integral part of my daily life prior to college. Not only in class, but also in social settings they were ever-present to provide a perspective, sense of humor, and general way of going about life that was simply different than that of my female friends. This difference, which I had previously taken for granted, is what I’ve missing in my time at Scripps so far.

As my frustrated mind mulled over how to put into words my experience of adjusting to a women’s college, I came to the conclusion that despite how many times in recent weeks I have equated boys to rare birds or found myself suddenly in sight of one and without a conversation skill to my name, going to a women’s college is awesome.

According to a 2008 survey by the Women’s Colleges Coalition, students of women’s colleges are twice as likely to hold leadership positions at their school as students of other liberal arts colleges. And 53 percent of alumnae of women’s colleges had gone on to graduate school, compared with 38 percent of students from other liberal arts colleges. As future graduates of a women’s college we will think more analytically, be more adept at problem solving, be more politically and socially aware, and write more effectively (Writing 50, yeah!).

Perks such as these mean I can forego passing boys in the hallways of my dorm and accept that being forced to be extra outgoing now will assure me some male company, and also be good for me in the long run. Besides, if boys were around, it would be a lot more difficult to secure the TV room for Gossip Girl on Monday nights.