As one of the few intellectually able girls in my high school class I felt I constantly was either judged a show off or not allowed to express ideas. I wanted my intellectual and social [male/female] lives to be separate. Check! But there was so much more: the insistence on rigor, the imposed integration of mind and body [not joyfully accepted], and the time to explore ideas and future possibilities in peace. Dean Frisch spoke of the "ivory tower" benefit during orientation and throughout my life I have managed to find other "ivory tower" spaces and experiences in a busy and often chaotic life. Finally the friendships and the campus both of which spurred me on to find friends and beauty everywhere I could.
A lifelong confidence in evaluating opinions/actions sans the gender filter.