To some, the American Dream seems unimaginable. In fact, many believe that it is quite improbable that anyone could experience their own American Dream due to government restrictions that may seem to prohibit their growth. In a survey conducted by ORC International, around 6 in every 10 Americans believe that the American Dream is no longer available to them (Lubhy). Restrictions that make those surveyed feel as though the American Dream is impossible include the worsening economy and the rising costs of college tuitions (Lubhy). To be more specific on the economic concern, many believe that most of the American government’s money goes
The American dream is a term used in a lot of ways. Although research has shown that American dream can’t be attainable by most people, closer examination shows that it can be attainable by the following reasons. As Daniel J. Mitchell stated in New York Times im January 1st, 2015 “The United States is not a perfect country, but the American Dream is still a reality.” By that he meant that even with America’s Grow rate, poverty, unemployment rate in the past years and still going Americans can still chase their American dreams
So many successful adults till this day are paying back their college debts. Over the years, some are able to pay back their debts in college and others are not able to and are still struggling, due to having to pay other debts that they may have. In some cases, some people drop out of college just so they will not have to owe so much money, but to drop out for that reason is not good. There are several of ways to stay away from college debt and that is getting scholarships, saving money before going into college, and also attending a community college instead of jumping to a university.
Do you think that the American Dream is still achievable? If you said no, don’t worry, you’re just like the other 77% of people that answered the question when being surveyed. Does that at all surprise you considering the cost and expenses of everything nowadays? For most people the dream would consist of being financially stable with a nice paying job with a big house and some nice cars but, people may also have their own thoughts of what the dream is as well. If I would have been asked that question I would be part of that percentage of people who don’t believe that it is still achievable anymore. Most people are just generally outworked for it because they are more eager to get it and when that happens other people tend to quit. It is also hard to keep your spirits up with a huge student debt on your back, and it’s not even their fault either because they have to try to become skilled in a trade because in some areas people are getting fired due to machines taking jobs over. While most people don’t even have enough money to support their dream because of how much it may cost. Those are some of the reasons why the American Dream is too out of reach for most people.
The American dream at one point was what drew people to American; the right to life, liberty, and the happiness. The American dream is the hope to acquire currency, large homes, raise a middle-class family, and pursue what brings people joy in life. But in the year 2016, the American dream becomes hard to believe in. The American dream may still exist, but it is not equally accessible to all Americans. This is true because the American dream is not affordable for everyone, it is not available to everyone from different degrees of education, and race and ethnicity creates large social barriers.
No matter who you are or where you have come from, you have undoubtedly heard of the American Dream. The idea that no matter who you are or where you have come from, you can do whatever it is you desire in America. What was once one the main driving forces for immigrants to flock to the new world, has slowly changed over the years, but still holds its value in the eyes of those who are looking for a promising new place to live. The American dream might not hold the same awe inspiring sound that it once did, but for many generations before ours it was a beacon of hope that helped build the foundation that the United States was built on. And, still, today the American dream might not be as achievable as it once was, but it is still an important
A lingering question to many of the less fortunate in America pertains to the existence of the so-called “American dream.” Does this American dream exist and is it attainable? The American dream inspires many immigrants move to America, hoping to better their lives and those of their families. However, in the novel, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempt achieve the American dream deems it not possibly attainable. Likewise, today, in the twenty-first century, the American dream is still not attainable. Ordinarily, no one would go through such physical and mental challenges to achieve a just barely attainable dream, but many of disadvantaged families still do, even today during the twenty-first century.
Over time, the American Dream has changed drastically. It used to be working harder to earn a better place in life. It was working hard order to earn a better place in life, as it should be. However, in today 's society for most Americans the Dream is earning that higher place in life while hardly working to truly achieve it. The American Dream seems to have different interpretations in the different types of people, for Americans, they believe in earning a lot while not working hard for it, for many immigrants, they still believe in working for what they desire.
In the article, “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?” by Brandon King, he defines the American dream today as “the potential to work for an honest, secure way of life, and save for the future” (611). The origin of the term, “American Dream” dates back to the time of the Great Depression when James Adams created the phrase. His description of the American Dream depicts the scenario were “… life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone… regardless of social class or circumstance of birth” (610-611). King explains in his article how the American Dream differs from its original source and how it is the key to success in America today. He expands on this by discussing how behaviors of Americans have changed with sustainability in mind rather than
Student loan debt has been a big issues for a while now which is caused by the high price college tuition that has more than doubled in the past fifty years in the United States. According to figure 1, in the past five years alone the tuition price has increased an average of 11 percent (see appendix). With the serious rise in tuition many students have taken out loans which means that more and more graduates from college are not only leaving with a diploma but also with debt. "7 in 10 college seniors graduated in 2012 with student debt, which on average was $29,400" (Lundberg 1). 70 percent of all the graduates are already in debt stepping out of college and moving into the real world trying to start a career in society for the first time which means that they will be starting in a hole and will have to work much harder to dig themselves out.
Things that I have done to pay off my $20 000 student loan in one year.
Student loan debt loads have been spiraling, doubling over the last decade, and the enrollment rates of young people from lower socio-economic groups are rising far slower than middle and upper groups. Governments must recognize the renewed public investment in post secondary education is an economic and social imperative. 6.7 million borrowers in repayment mode are delinquent (Snider 1). The sad fact is that many lenders aren't exactly incentivized to work with borrowers. Unlike all other forms of debt, student loans can't be discharged in bankruptcy. Forgiveness programs can be lifesavers for borrowers drowning in student loan debt (Snider 1). However, jobs for recent grads are harder to find and salaries are lower, but that won't last forever; in spite of all of this, the data make clear that getting a college education is still a good idea. College graduates earn more and are more likely to have a job in the first place, and is especially important for some Americans (Webley 2). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010, the unemployment rate was 9.2 percent for those with only some college and more than 10 percent for those with just a high school degree, but it was 5.4 percent
The picture perfect life that the American Dream promotes is unrealistic and superficial because money is unable to fill the void of happiness or love. Contrary to earlier days, we now life in a time when even a strong work-ethic does not guarantee money, success or opportunities. While many are so ensorcelled by the illusions of the American Dream, we often fail to realize its falsity and constraints. Whether financially or socially, the society coaxes in the unsuspecting American dreamer, only to then spit them out in a wave of despair, failure and hopelessness. As demonstrated by numerous non-conformist individuals, the Dream lies not in the realm of materialism but rather in that of the intangible; often requiring an extreme leap of faith