The American Dream is so essential to our country as it is an honor to reach your goals and make it a reality. The American Dream is the national ethos that people’s lives would be better and more abundant with many opportunities. The American Dream was more accessible to attain back in the days, however, changed over the years. Although the “American Dream” is still possible, many people, minorities are affected by the lack of improvement in social mobility in our society. The American Dream is still alive by being able to live a middle-class lifestyle and by obtaining it through perseverance and hard-work.
The new American Dream shows a more realistic outlook than the original. I conclude the American Dream has changed for the better. Society has morphed the ideas to fit new generations, understanding of the dream is accessible, and the dream is viable for the majority of individuals with labor. Although different people can perceive the American Dream differently, the gist is happiness.
Throughout this country, there are people struggling to obtain basic needs for everyday life. Although many work forty hours a week, the current minimum wage is not set at a standard where one can live off. Things such as rent, utilities, and food have become impossible to obtain with the current minimum wage. The sacrifices, choices, and ways of life of those living on minimum wage must be altered and redefined to live in our post-industrial society.
Many students do not realize the high cost of college and what it takes just to get to class. Some of the main costs of college are tuition, books, room and board, and a babysitter (if needed). Many students can find help with tuition and books through financial aid but for most this does not cover all fees. If a student has a child, then they also must worry about how they will pay for childcare.
A hardship is a challenge ar difficulty in life for you to overcome therefore,hardship can influence a person’s life because those who persevere overcome the hardship. In the book Hero street USA, Tony lived in a box car with no running water and electricity because they lived in poverty. Tony went to school everyday and didn’t let the difficulty of his life affect him he persevered through his childhood and joined the army where he served his country and made money. He eventually saved enough money to buy his family a house with running water and electricity.
In todays society, social classes have a huge effect in the Americans lifestyle. What does it exactly mean to be considered an upper, middle or lower class? These three social classes are defined by the lifestyles of different racial families and their income. Education also plays a huge role in defining one’s social class. Someone’s social class doesn’t define how successful they are but those with a further education most likely will have a higher income and live a better lifestyle.
I 'm surprised that as much work that is put into the family inside and outside of the home, women still were not seen as good enough. " 'In fact sometimes as soon as I would get home, he would go out... to hang out with his friends and, I found out later, he had other women" ' (Collins 27). It actually broke my heart to read about this sentence. The woman, Gloria Vaz, was an African-American mother with four children, lived in Brooklyn and yeah from nine to five.
In America today it is hard for certain families to make a living and to keep a job. College is very expensive and not many people can afford to go to college. And when it comes to finding a job that pays enough to support a family and gives you the hours you want so that you can still spend time with your family is nearly impossible. Family time is very important to sustain a healthy, strong relationship with all the members of your family.
In this area I feel like my school has prepared me very well for the social aspect of college. It has taught me that you do not have to go out every night and party to be cool. It has also taught me how to defend what I believe in. College is not just a place you go to learn it has a very big social aspect to it. If you stay out all night partying then you will not do well in the class that you have the next day.
I just wish they would realize that, yes, I am going to park in a spot that I shouldn’t if I’m running late to class and its much closer than my designated parking lot. It is just a high risk high reward type of thing”. It has gotten to the point where the tickets are not even a concern to many students anymore, it is good that their willing to risk getting a ticket if it means being on time for class. Charles noticed that even with his only night class of the week, that is when the problem is at its all time peak. Night classes, host adults who come from work along with the professors who run the class.
However, many don’t want to drop out from their studies; they want a better education and better jobs that will pay them well. Not to have to work in a job that pays them low wages and to top it off still have to pay the loan they applied for to stay in college. It’s an everyday struggle young people go through every year just to stay in college to get their education. In the book On the Frontier of Adulthood Frank F. Furstenberg state that “More youth are extending education, living at home longer, and moving haltingly, or stopping altogether, along the stepping stones of adulthood.” Young people not reaching their adulthood, and still living at home to pursue, there dream of going to college.
They are left with the belief that education will get them somewhere in life, but then again when they get a degree there is no jobs open for them leaving the Millennials to seek under paying jobs just to get by. In some cases they are forced to stay at home due to the fact that they are trying to pay off their school bills, so they are unable to buy their own house. This also can lead to people running to welfare for help due to the fact that they don’t have money for the food or other things that are necessary to live. Due to the Baby Boomers and the Gen X, Millennials are left to build up what they broke down.
We all make the same choice which is to work. Without income there would be nothing to study for because we wouldn’t be able to stay in school. As a result, many grades suffer including my own. There aren’t enough hours in the day to go to school, work, do homework, and study for every class. In my short experience of doing this I have found myself stressed out, sleep deprived, and not doing as well as I possibly could.
After graduating high school and witnessing the family problems going on at home, I decided to live with my parents and attend a community college. My college career had a rough beginning. Soon after I began the fall semester, the arguments at home were intolerable and lead to my parent’s divorce. Not only did I have to deal with school assignments, now I had to recover from the psychological abuse I had suffered. Although it was a very difficult time for me, I kept myself distracted with school so that I would not think about my family issues.