Well, well, well: Turns out that female students are more resilient than their male counterparts. Resilience, in this case, is that mental toughness sports commentators are always talking about — but instead of tackling football players, the ladies are sacking these mid-terms. Holler.

A new study by Leeds Metropolitan University tested 1,500 students on their academic abilities and how their achievements were affected during their first year of university life. Students who were more resilient in their freshmen year were more inclined to do better than those who weren’t as scrappy, reports the Times Higher Education.

Female students were not only more resilient (word of the day, people) they were also inclined to earn better grades than their similarly resilient male counterparts in their first year of university.

Even Leeds Metropolitan senior lecturer John Allan, who conducted the survey with Professor Jim McKenna, said that the ladies are just better. Kidding, but he did say that their survey illuminated the “unpredictability of adaptive capacity,” as in ‘Who knew these skirts would be so much better?’

"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.


Leeds is now implementing more counseling for its male students so they can keep up with their female counterparts. Good luck, guys — you might be doing that for the rest of your lives.