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20 Struggles You’ll Encounter at University If You’re One of The Only Girls On Your Course

If you’re studying for a degree in which the majority of the students are guys, you’ll definitely have encountered the following struggles.

1. Being stared at every time you walk into a lecture.

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2. And never being able to just blend in to the background because you stand out just by being there.

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3. Which means you also can’t really get away with skipping.

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4. And often end up being picked on to answer questions because the lecturer actually does know your name.

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5. Even when there are other girls on the course, you’re always greatly outnumbered.

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6. And if you always sit together, you’re accused of being too much of a clique.

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7. Which is unfair for many reasons, the biggest being that the entire class is one huge boy’s club.

Inside references and sexist jokes included.

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8. Actually being asked whether you just chose this degree as a way to meet guys.

Obviously! It couldn’t just be that I’m intelligent and interested in this degree…

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9. Feeling like you need to be twice as well-versed on the subject than anyone else to be taken seriously.

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10. And being all too aware that it doesn’t always go down well when you answer a question better than certain people.

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11. Often being told “you’re not like other girls”.

How exactly?

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12. And detecting an unnecessary tone of surprise whenever you get a first in something.

Why shouldn’t I have got one?

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13. Kind of forgetting how to interact with other girls when you’re mostly around guys all the time.

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14. And wishing your lecture halls weren’t always filled with a fog of sweat and Lynx body spray.

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15. The awkwardness when one of your coursemates tries to flirt with you purely because you’re a girl and you’re there.

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16. And feeling like you’re often being treated as the token female in group projects.

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17. Being accused of being a “feminazi” if you dare to give back as good as you get.

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18. Or having people assume you must be dating one of your guy course friends. Or sleeping with them at least.

“Yeah, I just can’t work in such close proximity to guys without throwing myself at them.”

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19. And if you do end up dating one of them, you’re given that smug, knowing look.

No matter how healthy the relationship is.

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20. Knowing you’re going to be way too easy to spot on your graduation picture.

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But, one thing that isn’t a struggle is knowing how much you’re going to stand out to employers compared to your guy coursemates.

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