I haven’t had the chance to have very much experience in stem yet; I’m only a freshman in college and I plan on earning a degree in some form of engineering. But during my senior year of high school I experienced the type of discrimination that I’m afraid I’ll need to overcome for my foreseeable academic and professional career. I was having a conversation with some guys who were acquaintances of mine during high school and mentioned that I wanted to pursue engineering. One of them noted that, “That’s odd because there are very few hispanic women in engineering.” I was stunned silent, and before I could respond he laughed and said, “Well, you’re a seventeen year old hispanic girl and you’re not pregnant, so I guess you’re ahead of the power curve.” The worst part about this whole exchange was that everyone around me just laughed it off. I’m worried I’m going to face this kind of casual sexism and racism in my chosen field of study.