58 letters on the American Dream from San Marcos University students, San Diego, California, USA
letter 56: Michelle Cisneros

What do you think of when you hear the words “American Dream”? Well I think of culture, ethnicity, background, hope and, inspiration. I think that everyone has their own definition of the American Dream. There might always be obstacles in the way, but they can be overcome with effort, hard work and, determination. It can be the opportunity to achieve greater goals and to strive for success.

Often times I like to think that the American Dream is a dream in which life should be better, fuller and richer for everyone. Like a dream in which each man and each women should be able to attain what they are fully capable of. So that they can be recognized by others for who they truly are, regardless of their ethnicity or culture.

I have some examples of my family culture that are in relation to the American Dream. My grandpa Ronald Silva is from Spain and is one-hundred percent Portuguese. Him and his family were born and raised in Portugal. My grandpa at age eighteen, decided to come to America and go to school because he thought that he was too smart and should go to a better school. He had to work hard for months to save money so that he could afford to travel here. After many months of hard work and labor in factories, my grandpa had enough money to travel here. So he came here by himself to look at schools and find a job to support himself and find a place to live. For not having a lot of money, I give my grandpa a lot of respect for doing what with did to better himself. Now he lives happily with my grandma in Montclair, California. He has told me how happy he is and how he is very proud of everything he has accomplished in his life.

The prompt with the sun, American flag and villagers gives me a lot of hope. I feel a sense of pride brought about from the picture. A sense of culture, history and significance, which is the American Dream I see from looking at it. I feel inspired and filled with determination to do something special with my life and take part in my own American Dream. I think anyone who is anyone in America can do anything they want if they just put their mind to it and have motivation towards reaching their goals.

In conclusion, the American Dream is brought about from the way of life and its customs. We learn a lot from our own culture and family background. The American Dream is very intense and meaningful in working towards our main goals in which we need to overcome in life. To me, you need more than motivation and determination to make your dream come true. I think you need to have spirit and a lot of effort to do your utmost for your dreams. Gathering all your emotions and wounds which may have damaged you mentally, will help bring forth the courage and strength to accomplish your American Dream.