It is my opinion that here at FMA, I am both more restless and more true. This is happening because this year, the student body is made up entirely of boys.
Life without girls is much different than I would have thought. It has changed the way I act and my general attitude overall. At first I thought that there would be less complaining and more efficient work and hiking. It was incredible how wrong I was. In the absence of girls, I think we found no reason to attempt to impress each other with our extreme manliness. So, the next thing I knew, I was in a group complaining about the hiking, the weather, the work, and pretty much every other thing you can imagine.
I have noticed that without girls we all seem more willing to just be ourselves and get to know each other better. There is less fighting over pointless or ridiculous stuff. While that may not seem like much, it does seem to make a huge difference. I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, its just something I’ve noticed.
There are downsides of not having any girls around. For example, when I’m actually trying to study, I seem to get sidetracked more easily than when I study with girls. When I’m studying with a girl, I can stay on topic and get the work done. Also, I find it easier to talk to girls about problems I’m having because, in my experience, they are more understanding.
So far the school year has been going pretty well. Although I think I might enjoy it more if there were girls here, in their absence, I have grown closer to the other guys, which I hope will create greater bonds of friendship in the long run.