The best teen journalism in the world.

Making a permanent impression since 1994

Home Page
All issues
As published
Movies
Cartoons

The Tattoo is always looking for talented teens with an interest in journalism!

X Trials | Teen suicideTeen pregnancy |  School violence | Travel | Journals | Daily Sketch | Awards | Contact us

September 12, 2005

One girl, surviving on an island of boys

By Catie Moulton

When I was in elementary school, I thought it was unfair that there were always more boys than girls.

When I got to middle school, I realized it was really unfair — because I was the only girl in my classes or in my grade. I was the only girl because I chose to go to an all boys’ school.

To some this might seem odd. My friends’ most common response was, “ Oh my God! You are like so lucky, all those boys! Oh that is so like heaven!”

But they didn’t understand.

I didn’t go to an all boys’ school because I would be the only girl, I went there because I wanted to go somewhere. Not on a date, but to a secondary school, or a college other than the local one.

Not that public schools are awful (well, some are), but I felt I would brighten my horizons by going to a private school.

Also, I could go to this one for free because my parents worked there.

On my first days at school, I was intimidated because I didn’t have any friends and it seemed like it was my first day on a new planet, because everyone seemed to turn away when I walked by or a whispered conversation would end or begin as I passed

In classes, no one would be my partner unless a teacher required it.

In sports, no one would pass the soccer ball to me or they would call me names when I missed a pass.

Sometimes, I would hear nasty remarks muttered as I walked by.

I eventually figured out that the boys were as intimidated by me as I was of them. They were afraid I would show them up in classes by getting better grades, or get on a better team than them in soccer practice.

Their defense against this was to humiliate me.

Once both sides realized that the other wasn’t as threatening as they thought, a truce was called.

Once it was called, I got to meet some great friends that I still have even after they’ve left the school.

For awhile, I thought going to an all boys’ school was the worst decision that I had made, because I had to deal with so many people who made rude comments, but I think all the painful moments when I felt alone helped me.

I know when to ignore someone and when to protect myself and stick up for myself.

I know how and when to ask for help, something that I didn’t do well before.

I also have learned a lot, from textbooks and from people like teachers that I wouldn’t have had, if I hadn’t gone to private school.

Maybe, just maybe I did brighten my horizons. Only time will tell.

To read all of The Tattoo's Insider's Guide to High School, click here  


Help The Tattoo thrive! Your donation can help us continue to provide the world's premier teen journalism.

 

© 2005 by The Tattoo. All rights reserved.

Who we are  |  Join us  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

WebSTAT - Free Web Statistics