Dream Essay: The American Dream

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American Dream Essay The American Dream. What is it exactly? Well, it is the ideal that every U.S. citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. However, can everyone really achieve it? Yes, anyone can achieve the American Dream with enough hard work and dedication to pursue a good life. In order to maintain the American Dream there are some important ways to achieve it. Such as: a strong work ethic, a good education, and being determined. To begin with, to achieve the American Dream hard work is a huge part of it. Nothing in life is just going to be handed over on a silver plate. In order to succeed having a good work ethic is a part of it. No boss wants to…show more content…
Having access to a good education is a big part of achieving the American Dream because if there is a really good job opportunity out there people are likely to get the job if they are highly educated. JD Vance talked about how his life growing up was not the best. He faced everyday challenges, however, they were not excuses that could stop him from getting an education and surely did not stop him from achieving the American Dream. In the article “The American Dream: ‘Education is the Key’” the writer states “ My parents grew up poor, put themselves through school...They were very clear that just as it was for them, education would be a critical bridge to opportunity for my brothers and me” (Golston). This comes to show that there really is not an excuse for people to say they cannot achieve the American Dream because they cannot afford to get an education. It takes hard work, dedication, and…show more content…
For instance, if I really put my mind on something and i'm determined to get it, then I work as hard as I can to make sure I do get it. That's the same thing with trying to maintain the American Dream, if it is something people really want to achieve and live then putting their mind to it and having a mentality that nothing is going to stop them from getting it is something they need to have. In the article, “Determined to achieve the American Dream” Yazmin Abreu” it states “...it wasn’t always an easy road. Yazmin’s commute to and from school was an hour and a half every day. Often she made use of the computer labs until they closed, and she wouldn’t get home until midnight. She admits that it took a while for her to graduate, as she had to take some time off to raise funds for classes. Her hard work and dedication finally paid off when, in 2012, Yazmin graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in health science education.” (Castillo). In this article it talks about how Yazmin arrived in the United States as a child. She was only eight years old, and how her young mind could not fully grasp why her family was leaving what she had thought was a happy life in Mexico. What she didn’t realize was that her father was looking for a way to do what was best for his family, and coming to the U.S. was the chance to realize his potential. So, overall Yazmin and her family were determined to do what was best for their family and made
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