In our conversation with Selso Villegas, one thing that stood out to me, even beyond a lot of the other interesting things that he said was about why he felt the need to talk about his degrees. He said something to the effect of “if I do not tell people that I have three degrees in science, people do not take me seriously, or feel that I have anything to contribute.” In that moment, I thought back to other moments where I have heard this, as it seems to be a common feeling among non-white males feeling like they always have to prove themselves. It makes me think of one of the manifestations of my privilege as a white male, as people usually assume I am competent, even in situations where I have no idea what I am doing or what I am talking about. This is a horrible double standard that is ingrained within our society, and is one of the tougher ones to eliminate because it is implicit within human interactions. For someone as accomplished as Mr. Villegas to have to tell people about his degrees in order to gain respect is sickening to me, as it must be a cloud that hangs over him, as well as so many others. This is another reminder that we need to keep our implicit biases in mind in how we interact with one another if we want a better world, as everyone should feel as if they will be on even footing when they enter a conversation or meeting with a stranger as far as intelligence is concerned.