Post # 1
After noticing quite a few bees on the sorority post say they went to a women’s college, I wanted to make a spinoff poll.
I absolutely loved my college experience at Mt. Holyoke. I did not at all plan on attending a women’s college, but I am so happy I did. I feel that my college really helped me to become the best version of myself, not to shy away from leaderships roles, and fostered an amazing bond with the insitution and all of my classmates and fellow alumnae. None of my friends who went to co-ed schools seem to have the same feelings about their colleges. Mt. Holyoke students/alumnae call ourselves MoHos, call campus MoHome, regularly post about all the things they miss on Facebook, can’t wait for reunions, etc. Similar to a sorority, I feel that I have sisters for life.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@TGold: I didn’t. I go to one of the largest colleges in the US. There’s no way I could go to an all women’s college. I’m glad other people like it, but I really don’t get along with other women usually. All of my friends from college are male, except for my 3 roommates that I used to live with.
Post # 4
Nah, I’ll be honest, I liked having those hot co-eds around…
Post # 5
Also, I don’t care for most women. If I was surrounded by them all day I would probably kill myself.
Post # 6
I’m Hollins ’08, and I wouldn’t change my experiences at all! I dont usually like too many women but your college sisters are different, they are not like most women. I dont find college aged guys very attractive (theyre all pretty gawky and weird) but everyone knows real ladies don’t go to the guys, the guys come to us! 😉
Post # 7
Me! And I loved it!!
If you would have asked high school me if I was at all interested in a single-sex college experience, I would have said heck no. I’m so grateful that I kept an open enough mind to talk to the counselor at a college fair.
Post # 8
Ugh I can’t even imagine. I loved my state school experience.
Post # 9
@TGold:I went to Smith (yay 5 colleges AND seven sisters!) and I am so, SO glad I did. It was the best decision I ever made, (and I didn’t intend to go to an all women’s college either). I’ve always needed to be more assertive and less shy, and attending an all women’s college really helped me gain confidence. I went from being so shy, to being a considered a fairly extrovereted person. (People who meet me now never even believe I was ever shy.) I’ve also found that men tend to dominate discussions in classes (even when they don’t know the answers), and women tend to not answer (even when they do know the answer.) I became much more dominate in group settings, in business meetings and interviews. Often, I’m the only woman in the room who will speak. I got practice at Smith. No one would ever answer the professor’s question, and eventually I couldn’t take the awkwardness and would reluctantly raise my hand. By my senior year, mine was the first hand up. My mother, who also attended a women’s college, always says that you can tell a woman from the seven sisters (or any women’s college), because they tend to be more assertive than average.
I still feel that I have a lot further to go with putting myself forward and asserting myself, but going to an all women’s college definately helped! Yes, my dating life suffered during college, but I don’t mind at all. It improved me so much more than going to a co-ed school would have, and I made great friends who I still talk to regularly even though we’ve all moved.
Post # 10
@MrsPanda99: +1, exactly! Being around a bunch of girls all day everyday would make me want to jump out of a window head first.
ETA: To answer the OP’s question I didn’t attend an all girls college but I had friends who did and loved it!
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
@TGold: Actually, I went to a college that was all male until the mid 90s. I graduated in 2010, but it was still a male dominated environment (>80% male) with professors that still had male-centric ideals… it was… interesting, to say the least.
Post # 12
@MrsPanda99: + 1 haha being around all women all the time would drive me insane!!
Post # 13
@TGold: My university is historically a womens’ college, that counts right? It’s co-ed now, but it’s still about 80% women.
And honestly, it wasn’t that big a deal being around women all the time. The only time it ever got hairy was when you had multiple girls going after one guy, and then it got kind of crazy.
I can’t say for sure if my school being a womens’ university had anything to do with my experience, but I loved it, all five years, and I felt very prepared for the working world. I still wish I could go back.
Post # 14
@TGold: I went to Agnes Scott in Atlanta & loved every minute of it! I never thought I would have went to a womens college because I’m not great with other women & got along waay better with men, but girls without dudes are waaay more fun! I loved not having to get primped before class and being able to showup in my pj’s with my zit cream on without judgment!
Post # 15
After 13 years of being at a Catholic all-girls school, I’ve had my fill of daily estrogen overload. Then again, women’s colleges don’t exist here but if they did and going to one would be beneficial to me academically, then I would have gone to one.
Post # 16
@lawyerchick13: Funnily enough, I dated more in college than I did in high school! I met my fiance (Amherst ’08) through a 5-college sports team.
I always find it interesting when women say, “Ugh, being around only girls all the time would drive me crazy!” I wonder how much gender stereotypes play into that idea versus reality, and also how “competing” for mates factors in. I find that there’s usually drama when people who are attracted to each other are hanging out. For example, the most drama on campus usually happened in groups that had a high percentage of LGBT people. In terms of women conforming to stereotypes (and the types of behaviors people find annoying), I think that was one of the best things about a women’s college – since there were few to no men around, women were free to take on whatever roles they felt comfortable or interested in, even if they were typically male roles.
One other odd thing, do you ladies who went to women’s colleges find that you never assume someone will go to the bathroom with you, while your friends from co-ed schools do? Every time I’m out with a bunch of friends and one says she’s going to the bathroom and just expects me to follow, it catches me off guard! I joking tell people that at women’s colleges they teach you how to pee by yourself.