58 letters on the American Dream from San Marcos University students, San Diego, California, USA
letter 51: James Stuznski

There are many different opinions about the definition of the "American Dream". Most would probably say that the American dream represents freedom, and new opportunities and a fresh life. The original pilgrims from England moved to this country for freedom of religion, and during the 1800 - 1900s, many people from other countries moved to the United States of America for new opportunities that their native country could not provide. But the sad truth is that many who come to this country do not realize the American Dream. Pamphlets that were handed out in Europe stated that America was flowing with milk and honey, and that there were unicorns roaming the land, literally. We now know that there are not really unicorns exploring the untamed lands of America, but we do know one fact of life here, realistic expectations. A lot of people who come to this country think that they will have a whole new life in America and that they will escape their problems, but in reality, problems are everywhere. I know some people, namely my dad, who have come to this country with only 2 sets of clothes and a dime in their pocket, and now have a house and family along with many luxeries that once seemed so out of reach. People like my dad have accomplished so much and are to an extent, living the American dream. I believe that a lot of times the whole concept of this dream is over exaggerated, though. Many people claim that America is the best country in the world. America has the power to travel to space and yet there is still an increasing poverty line. I believe that living the American Dream is like winning the lottery. If one wins the lottery, then they have won a great amount of wealth in their lives. But I think that people tend to focus too much on the winners of this "lottery" rather than the thousands of people who lost. Yes, if one could realize the "American dream", than this is good for them, but unfortunately, there are many who do not have the opportunity to.