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Gender Ratio Frustrates Campus Love

Popularity 10Viewed 4280 times 2015-6-23 16:10 |Personal category:特写|System category:Life| campus, love

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“Look! This boy looks good!” the girl stared at her mobile phone looking through a post about finding a girlfriend. It was nearly half past eleven at night and all lights were off at the dormitory. However, in this room, none of the four girls went to bed. They quickly surrounded the girl after hearing her exclamation and competed to have a look at the photo shining in the dark.

The five girls living together are juniors studying Business at MLN University. All of them do not have love experience up to now. Information concerning seeking boyfriends often sparks a hot discussion within the room. This time, the message on school’s BBS forum posted by a boy from DEF University attracted their attention.   

Similar with them, most girls at this university remain single without a boyfriend. According to a survey conducted by Consulting Circle, a professional consultancy, the percentage of single female students at MLN rises to 66 in 2014. The imbalanced ratio of male to female students of this university contributes to this to a large extent.

It is shown in the 2014 MLN Employment Report that 1,000 male students and 3,000 female ones graduated last year with the gender ratio of one to three. The ratio fluctuates within a tiny range year by year. However, there are about eight girls and two boys among ten students as a whole. 

Kiesh, the president of MLN, once encouraged the female students to bravely pursue love on campus at the opening ceremony of new semester. “As long as you pay efforts, you will have a boyfriend,” he said. 

In fact, not all female students are willing to actively pursue the one they love. Although the imbalanced ratio makes the boys become the “treasure” at the university, most female respondents still refuse to deliver love confession. Likewise, it leaves impression on some male students that girls on campus are not easy to get in touch.

“Girls at MLN are truly beautiful and excellent. They seem to have a clear mind of what they want,” said Eric, a male junior from the School of Finance. “But they sometimes are too busy with homework and too aggressive at competitions. We are discouraged from contacting with them.”

Eric admitted that he once had feelings for a girl who took part in an activity with him, but she spent too much time studying at ordinary times so as to care less about love. One of his friends agreed with him and said they were under great pressure with studies and GPA was important for them. 

Actually, it does not seem strange for a boy not to have a girlfriend with so many female students around. According to the survey done by Consulting Circle, 70 percent of the male students at MLN are not in a love relationship.

While reducing the chance for the girls to meet true love, the imbalanced gender ratio, surprisingly, does not bring good news for boys. Apart from the study pressure, Eric expressed that the class schedule at university made him have few opportunities to contact with girls even those in the nominal class. “Roommates may not take the same class for a whole semester either,” he added.

Conditions turn better at schools such as the School of Foreign Studies where small class teaching is adopted. Boys and girls may sit in the same classroom studying a foreign language together for three years. In spite of this, campus culture, accumulated preconception, the sense of distance and other invisible factors still frustrate campus love.

“Maybe because female students cover the majority, the male students tend to be soft and spoiled. We do not like this kind of boys,” said Rihanna, a junior girl studying German at the school. 

“I am a little bit regretful for coming to a university where the gender ratio is so imbalanced,” Rihanna added. “But I have to admit that MLN is a good university.”

Actually, not limited to the MLN, liberal arts universities and the engineering colleges across the country all see imbalanced distribution of male and female students. At universities such as DEF University, girls conversely become the “treasure” for the male to female ratio of seven to three.

Under these circumstances, “looking outside” seems to be a desirable alternative for finding true love. Ella, a female student from the School of Management, got to know her boyfriend from the GHI University through a cross-college competition in the summer of 2013. She suggested, “Girls should take part in more activities and go outside the campus to have a look.” 

For cooperation with other universities, Frank, the head of Public Relations Department of MLN Student Union, said they would continue to hold fellowship activities in the new semester if conditions permit.

Encouraged by the other three roommates, the girl finally sent a short message to the boy by the phone number left on the post. She was determined to catch the opportunity to know more about him.

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