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No girl wants engineering

  1. Jul 21, 2005 #1
    This coming September I will be studying Electrical Engineering. Not a single girl supported me in my decision. Everyone was afraid of engineering. Everyone frowned upon me, since aspirations for medical school and business were the popular choices and seemed the norm in my school( among both girls and boys). I was just wondering, how will the boys react to me in university when i have to built an inverted pendulum and so forth (maybe Tesla's coil, hehehe)? Will I be able to gain boys support, friendship and partnership? I'm speaking more towards males since there will not be many girls in engineering especially EE! :frown:
     
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  3. Jul 21, 2005 #2

    Pengwuino

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    I'm lost... what is trying to be achieved here?
     
  4. Jul 21, 2005 #3

    russ_watters

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    College is for you. Do not make your decisions based on what you think others may think of you. Be your own person and you'll be fine. People will accept you if you can accept yourself.
     
  5. Jul 21, 2005 #4

    brewnog

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    Russ got this one.

    In fairness, only around 5% of the students in my department were girls. But I don't know of one who encountered any prejudice against them based on their sex. My best coursemate was one of the 3 girls on my course, and (I'm generalising here) the girls seemed to fit in a lot better than many of the blokes!

    Don't worry about it, and it won't be a problem. It might even work in your favour, since industry is so keen to recruit female engineers that many large companies offer valuable scholarships and bursaries to females on engineering courses. And remember, when you graduate, you will be the one saying "I told you so" to all the idiots who frowned on you for choosing engineering in the first place.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Jul 21, 2005 #5
    Ok I'm not a man but speaking as a woman I think its fantastic you are interested in such a field it makes no sense to me why more women are not..Good luck to you
     
  7. Jul 21, 2005 #6
    I know what you mean. The number of girls taking up engineering in my college are very few. Anyway, the number seems to be increasing. Medicine seemed to be the norm in my school too, but I decided to go in for Computer Engineering, much to the shock of my friends, who still think girls cannot be engineers.
    Sunayana.
     
  8. Jul 21, 2005 #7

    Danger

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    The 25 year-old daughter of an acquaintance is a mechanical engineer at a company that does subcontract work. She gets to design things in dozens of different fields, loves her work, and is very respected.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2005 #8

    Lisa!

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    Lots of my friends are studying engineering and they don't have any problem as far as I know.You know they really like what they're studying and I don't think you'd need your classmates to help you.But I'm sure if you need their help, for sure they'll help you especially because there aren't lots of gils who study engineering(base on what you said!).I think if you wanted to study Mechanical Engineering, you may need others' help.
    You know I have a friend who's more successful than her bf.She's studying Electrical Engineering and she's working at the same time! :smile:
     
  10. Jul 22, 2005 #9

    berkeman

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    Well, if you're male, you will be able to gain the support of the female EE students only if you are sincere and work hard at your studies. And if you're female, ditto. M/F doesn't matter. What matters is what's in your mind and how you apply it. This isn't the 1950's anymore. Even when I did my undergrad in the late 70's, it wasn't the 1950's anymore, thank goodness. -Mike-
     
  11. Jul 22, 2005 #10
    When you become an EE (or a student of it) you will be in a new world where you
    will be accepted and respected for what you do. And don't let those who can't
    become EE's stop you. You'll love it. I know, I'm an EE.
     
  12. Jul 22, 2005 #11

    Clausius2

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    I am understanding you are a girl which is not sure about what will happen in the man engineering's world. Read this:

    You are lucky!!!!

    Why? Think of it. How many girls are inside an engineering classroom? I would say a 5% of total alumnii. What do you think boys are going to do with you? Be sure they are not going to hate you or to be impolite with you. ON THE CONTRARY they are going to be flirting with you all the time (listen my opinion carefully, I have done what I am telling you for a long time). A woman in an engineering classroom is the princess of the world. I know cases in which a fat ugly girl can feel herself as the queen of the world because of our desperated anxiety and disliking of being rounded by guys all our class time. So you are very lucky. :biggrin: :wink:
     
  13. Jul 22, 2005 #12
    Thank you so much. I feel so happy now. You made my day.
     
  14. Jul 22, 2005 #13
    My sister is going to do EE in NUS (singapore) soon. Nothing unusual bout that too.
     
  15. Jul 22, 2005 #14
    I was going to say "you're in trouble. There are no girls in engineering." But then I realized you're a girl! Hooray! You will love it. (And tons of boys will love you.) :-)
     
  16. Jul 22, 2005 #15

    Pengwuino

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    I wonder if the opposite situation exists in like, liberal arts (or education degree, whichever its called) or art or something like that. Would be friggen unbelievable for the guys to be the 5% of the class rooms!
     
  17. Jul 22, 2005 #16
    Women's studies :-)

    Should have done that...
     
  18. Jul 22, 2005 #17

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    :rofl: I attended a women's college, thus ran into a few Women's Studies majors. It wouldn't have done you any good to be one of the <5% of males in that class, unless you enjoy being abused regularly. :tongue2:

    As for women in engineering, go for it! It seems unfair to the men, but they will practically THROW money at you to stay in that field if you're a woman...at least if you're even halfway decent at it. I know a few women who are engineers (they are all college friends). One was an EE, and two were Civil Es, and they had no problems with their male classmates (other than the rare chauvenist you'll run into anywhere, nothing peculiar to the field).
     
  19. Jul 22, 2005 #18
    Well yeah, you'd have to be gay to be their friends. :-)
     
  20. Jul 22, 2005 #19

    Pengwuino

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    what kind of abuse :D
     
  21. Jul 22, 2005 #20

    Gokul43201

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    What on earth is Women's Studies and why do we need it ?
     
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