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10 Signs You Went to a Girls’ School

10 Signs You Went to a Girls’ School

Going to an all girl’s school has its benefits and disadvantages. If you went to an all girls’ school, you really know what it was like. While it wasn’t all perfect, it wasn’t all bad either. So what’s it like going to an all girls’ school? Find out here:

1. You experienced twice the amount of drama

Girls in high school can be downright mean and having an all-female student body, doubles the drama. There is more room for cliques and mean girl behavior in this environment and it can be torture if you happen to be excluded from the in-crowd.

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2. You didn’t have to worry about boys

One benefit of an girls’ school is that you don’t have the distraction of boys in any of your classes. This makes it easier to focus and contribute in class without worrying about embarrassing yourself in front of your crush in history class. It is scientifically proven that girls performed better in this environment than if they were at a co-ed environment.

3. You did miss having guys friends at school

Sometimes it is ice to have a couple of guy friends to hang out and escape the drama that is common within your group of girlfriends. In a school backed with other girls you did not have the chance to hang out with guys until after school. Finding a solid group of guy friends may have taken some time because you had to look for them outside of school.

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4. You didn’t have to put as much effort into your appearance

Getting ready for school wass a breeze because you know that there is no cute guy in history to impress. Your everyday uniform does not vary from t-shirts, jeans and minimal make-up. Dressing more casually, allows you to focus on other things, like studying an extra half an hour for your AP English exam.

5. You felt awkward in encounters with males outside of school

When you are attending an all-girl’s school, interaction with males is often slim and reserved for weekends and dances. When you go to a co-ed school it is a reflection of the real world and allows you to practice interacting with males in varying types of situations that a female-only school does not provide.

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6. You weren’t feel embarrassed to excel

In co-ed schools girls often feel embarrassed to show their skill in math or science due to an unspoken rule that this is a male-dominated area. When boys are not present in the classroom, girls often do not feel as intimidated and learn that they can really shine in these areas as much as their male-counterparts.

7. You had a crush on the young cute male teacher

When there is a lack of testosterone in your school and a young male teacher is present, there is bound to be at least a few crushes on him. Although this situation many seem innocent, this can create a great amount of distraction and competition during class among students vying for his attention.

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8. You easily found feminine products when it is your time of the month

When your period unexpectedly happens and you need a tampon, you know you are bound to find at least one girl that has an extra one. You also know that all your classmates can be empathetic towards your situation, because they know the inconvenience firsthand. There is nothing like having a student body full of girls that understood your issues just as much as you understood theirs.

9. You had to play your fair share of male characters in the school play

Being the avid theater enthusiast that you are, you have learned to be versatile in not only the type of characters, but also learning to play the opposite sex. Time in girls’ schools may lead to numerous awkward moments on stage, but it likely made you a better actor in the end.

10. You weren’t limited to certain sports

In a co-ed school, boys’ sports teams can often outshine girls’ ones and provide more variety for males. In an all-girl’s school this is never an issue and you are free to try out for any team you want or if it does not exist you can petition to create one.

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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