I am a bit surprised that you even asked this question. Being a minority or being of a particular religion is something which should not be in your thoughts. Your thoughts should be focused on achieving your goals and a plan to achieve those goals. Example - If you score well in SAT exam, and apply to colleges for STEM, colleges will be the last one to ask you your gender or religion. Admission is purely based on academic credentials. I can say so since I am myself of Indian origin and have 3 college degrees in engineering and compute science from very prestigious universities in USA. At my place of work, there is no shortage of successful and very smart individuals who are women and muslim. Focus on hard Work, and Do Not give up. If you do not understand something while studying then do not panic. Key word - do not panic. Walk away for a few hours and study the same chapter again. And a light will brighten up and you will understand everything. This is the key to STEM - sometimes you do not understand the topic in first reading. Often times, you have to go back and re-read. And if you need help, do not hesitate to ask someone. I hope this helps. Good Luck!