This post is a result of a conversation regarding minority status and "privilege" in society. It goes well with my previous rant about the "Male to Female Ratio in Engineering"
Story Time! My freshman year of college, I was studying with a few guys from my first college calculus class. It was probably the 7th week or so (about 2/3 through the quarter), and the subject of gender came up (as it does occasionally with my engineering peers). One of the guys at the table said, "Well she (pointing to me) will be the first one to get a job because she's female."
Ooooo, I was mad. I said the following words, "Look around the table! (there were 4 other guys) Who got the highest grade on the last math midterm we had?! Me! I'm not going to get hired because I'm female. I'm gunna get hired because I'm more qualified than you." Granted, it was a little mean, and he probably didn't mean it like that. But I've made that standpoint clear throughout my undergraduate career.
Funny Story: A few weeks back, I was Skyping with a friend while studying for a midterm. He was in the computer lab, while I was at home. I asked my Skype friend, "Hey, can you ask Jack about number 3?" Not realizing that I was on Skype, Jack replied to my Skype friend "I don't know! Ask Serena!" It made my day when I realized my placement among the engineers, especially when looking back at the freshman calculus experience.
So I conclude:
Never use your minority status (whether it be race, religion, first-generation, gender, LGBT, disability, anything) as your backbone to do anything in life. Your minority status does not determine your work ethic and vice versa. If you rely on those minority statues that I mentioned above, you are playing, what I call, the "poor-me" card, and you'll pity yourself into a bad situation.
However, don't undermine what you have as a minority student. You have experiences, and you have a lot to learn. You should be proud of who you are as an individual, and use your individuality and self to become who you are (like the saying "Be Yourself")....if you get my drift.