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It’s a well known fact at this point that colleges are made up of more women than men, but a new study indicates that out of high school students interviewed, women are also more likely to want to go to college! According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, 96% of female high school seniors wanted to go to college, and only 90% of men said they did. In addition, 80% of female high school seniors spent time researching the college of their choice, while only 68% of male students indicated the same. In all racial and ethnic groups, women were also more likely to graduate college.
The reasons behind this data are unclear, but it has certainly generated some discussion on the comments board. One individual pointed out that it’s been proven time and time again that women mature at a faster rate than men. Women may just be more interested in jumping back into the books immediately after high school and setting forth on the roads that take them to their careers, where men may not be so hasty.
Another idea was that education as a whole is feminine, noting that K-12 education has predominantly been taught by women, and that until there’s a noticeable increase in male teachers, the education system will be a turn-off to men. Men simply don’t have enough positive male role models in school growing up to keep them around. This is an interesting point. For hundreds of years, colleges remained male-only institutions. Can thirteen years of being taught predominantly by women really be enough to feminize something that had been masculine for so long?
Another individual pointed out that with college no longer guaranteeing a job, and with thousands of dollars being placed in student debt, men can’t really justify going to college anymore. This has become a more popular mindset in the past few years as the economy struggles, but it’s arguable as to whether men in particular are more likely to have this point of view.
The article also mentions that women are more likely to receive financial aid. This brought up questions of male discrimination in higher education.
While it has not been mentioned in the discussion, it’s safe to say that women have more pressure than ever to succeed. Women studies often point out that in addition to the old stereotypes that called for women to take pride in their appearance, their families, and their household, women now have to live up to the men’s stereotypes of being independent and financially successful as well. This leads to a whole generation of high school and college women who see their perfect future as fitting in a size 2, with a loving family, beautiful house, and a wicked-awesome job that scores them the big bucks! It’s a lot to live up to, and could contribute to why so many women are so invested in their academic futures.
My Professor Doesn’t Think I Belong Here: Tips to Dealing with Professors Who Think This is a Man’s Field
It’s the 21st Century. There are women who go to school for engineering and men who study early childhood education. While your parents, friends, and classmates all support your dream, there’s always that one professor who can’t quite wrap his head around what a nice girl like you would want with a degree in manufacturing. Having the person who evaluates you not believe in you can be a stressful, frustrating, and painful situation. Check out these tips on how to deal with an educator who doesn’t think you belong here.
Stand Your Ground
While you may be hurt that your professor believes your major is just for men, the biggest, most important tip is that you stand your ground. You chose this major because you love it. You can do anything you want. Don’t let a professor, classmate, or other individual convince you that you’re not cut out for your dream.
Speak Your Mind
You may want to try talking to the professor about his views. Perhaps he hadn’t realized his comments were hurtful, or that they were bothering you and other women. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to speak out for a professor to realize he isn’t funny.
Find a Support System
Find other women you can talk to about the situation. This might be other women who have had this professor before, or women who have jobs in predominantly male fields.
By sharing your frustrations with one another in a serious or comedic manner, you’ll feel less alone. With a group, you have the power to make an obnoxious comment become another funny story to tell the other women.
Turn Negativity Into Fuel
Some women are able to cope with these situations by turning their professor’s doubts into self-motivation. If he thinks women can’t handle this subject, show him they can with every opportunity you get. Make it your mission to prove him wrong with every test, project and presentation. Maybe you’ll actually change his views, and if not, you still learned a lot and did your best. It’s your personal growth that matters the most in the end.
Sometimes the situation is more serious than a professor’s narrow mindedness. If you feel you’re not being evaluated fairly because of your gender, if you’re not given the same opportunities as the men in your class, or if you’re being sexually harassed, you may want to speak with the department head or dean. If that sounds scary, or if you feel embarrassed, you may feel more comfortable talking to a professor you trust or a counselor on campus. They can help determine how to best go about the situation.
Remember What’s Important
Within the next few years, you will graduate and get a job in your field. Maybe you’ll get married. Maybe you’ll buy a house. You’ll take vacations, hang out with your friends, celebrate birthdays and attend concerts. Maybe you’ll have children. Once college ends, a whole new life begins, and that professor that really bugs you now, will just be a tiny speck.
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