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All-Girls Schools: Uncensored

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Admit it. Whether you're a guy or a girl, you've wondered what really goes on in an all-girls school. It's difficult to fully encapsulate the experience, since no two girls' schools are alike (for example, mine is nonsectarian). Nevertheless, I'm here to show you the raw, uncut footage of a day in the life at an all-girls school.

Let's start with the most obvious attribute of a girls' school: there are no guys. And to tell you the truth, most of us have never seen one. In our classes, the only things we discuss are second-wave feminism and body image, and trying out for the softball team is mandatory. No one has a social life, and for fun we like to PMS and worship Gloria Steinem.

But in all seriousness, the "no boys" issue is hardly one; believe me when I say you get used to it (maybe a bit too used to it). In some ways, having no boys can actually be advantageous! For example, it enables you the ability to come to school looking like you crawled out of a gutter. Not caring that much about your hair and makeup each morning leaves time for more important endeavors, such as sleep and homework. Having no boys also means the ability to do things without the fear of judgment that might otherwise be considered embarrassing. For example, girls have no problem dressing up as Mitt Romney for the mock presidential debate, eating five servings of felafel, or dressing up as a 16th century noble in honor of Shakespeare's birthday party. There's a freedom to experiment and do things you love that I've never found anywhere else.

My experience going to an all-girls' school has been highly rewarding. The learning environment has opened up such a huge realm of possibilities. Girls are never afraid to express their opinions, ask "stupid" questions, and make mistakes in the classroom. I've been challenged and supported, given guidance and freedom. I don't know many other schools where it's possible to have a heated discussion in French about existentialism and then follow it up with a lunch discussion of which Hemsworth brother is more attractive.

I could go on and on about all the great things about my school, but I know that I've missed out on several things by not attending a coed high school. We don't have a football team or cheerleaders. There are no pep rallies or prom kings, and every dance is a Sadie Hawkins. But I know what I do have: a phenomenal group of girls to grow up with, memories I would be incomplete with, and Midol whenever I want it. I've had the immense privilege of being able to grow up and figure out who I am and what I like without the pressure of impressing others. Of course, single-sex education is not for everyone. But I'm so grateful for my all-girls high school experience, and I wouldn't change it if I could.