As of 12:00 p.m. on January 20, 2021, the United States officially has a new president and vice president. Kamala Harris takes office as the first female, Black and Asian-American vice president in American history.\nFor Montrealers, Harris' ascension comes with another cause for celebration.\nEditor's Choice: 6 Jobs To Apply For In Quebec Right Now With An Annual Salary of $100,000 Or More\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nI’m here today because of the women who came before me.\n\n\nKamala Harris on Instagram\n\n\nThe former California senator and attorney general spent many of her formative years in the city, attending Westmount High School while her mother, Dr. Shyamala Harris, worked at the Jewish General Hospital and McGill University.\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kamala Harris (@kamalaharris)\nOn Wednesday, Westmount High School shared a video message from students and teachers congratulating the barrier-breaking alumna. \nThe new vice president made clear in her memoir, however, that she had mixed feelings about living in Quebec's metropolis. \n"Moving away from sunny California [...] to a French-speaking foreign city covered in twelve feet of snow was distressing, to say the least," she wrote.\nShe also struggled with French.\n"I used to joke that I felt like a duck because all day long at our new school I'd be saying 'Quoi? Quoi? Quoi?'"\nShe said she eventually "adjusted" to Quebec, but returned to the United States after high school to attend Howard University.\nBut as Harris steps into the second-highest office in the country, Montrealers can at least be proud that she takes her experience in the city with her.