Pluck. Moxie. Spunk. Intestinal fortitude. Resiliency. According to a new study, our nation’s female students have it, and their male counterparts are lacking—at least when we’re talking about midterms.
The study, put out by Leeds Metropolitan University, surveyed 1,500 students about their academic ability and how their scholastic achievements were affected during their first year of college. Not surprisingly, those more scrappy cats did better their freshman year than kids who curled up in the fetal position and waited for mom to call.
What we’re supposed to be surprised about, though, is that pretty overwhelmingly those more scrappy students were female—and that those more scrappy females not only were more resilient, but did better academically as a result. As a result, study authors say their findings inform the “unpredictability of adaptive capacity.” To translate from Science-ese, that means “We are surprised women are more resilient than men, let alone this much better.”
Or, as study author Professor Jim McKenna puts it:
"Although at the end of the inductees' first academic year the outcomes suggested similar academic performance by gender, higher resilience was progressively and incrementally associated with higher grade profiles for females," added Professor McKenna.”
Guys, however, don’t have to worry: Leeds will soon implement counseling services for male students with the hope of improving their grades. Get used to it, guys.