In my senior year of high school I earned high enough grades to become part of the Cum Lade society. This was a small number of people in my grade who achieved the highest grades in the class. I was the only black girl who was awarded this position. After the Cum Laude assembly in front of the school, a white boy from my class (who did not get on the society) said to me, “Wow, you don’t seem like the type of person to get on the Cum Laude Society”. Probably due to the fact that i am both black and a woman.