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In a Word: The American Dream


Ball State University students were asked to summarize the American Dream in one word, and then explain their answer. With a variety of responses, student perceptions of the American Dream vary.

"The American Dream is an ideal. And although sometimes it doesn't seem like it's always obtainable, I think there's always the opportunity to make a way for yourself." Noah Matchett, junior

Noah Matchett, junior

“The American Dream is an ideal. And, although sometimes it doesn’t seem like it’s always obtainable, I think there’s always the opportunity to make a way for yourself.”

 

"It's kind of outdated. A lot of people come to America expecting something and they don't get it the way expect to." India Potter, Senior

India Potter, senior

“It’s kind of outdated. A lot of people come to America expecting something and they don’t get it the way they expect to.”

 

"Everything drives money. People freak out about going to college because they wanna make money in the future. But then they end up in debt. It's almost like a contradiction. I think the American dream is to be financially stable, which is to have enough money just to be able do what you need but also do what you want." Aliyah Velez, sophomore

Aliyah Velez, sophomore

“Everything drives money. People freak out about going to college because they want to make money in the future. But then they end up in debt. It’s almost like a contradiction. I think the American Dream is to be financially stable—which is to have enough money just to be able do what you need, but also to do what you want.”

 

"I feel like it's people working to make themselves better than their family was. So wherever you come, you wanna be better than that." Alexis Miller, freshman

Alexis Miller, freshman

“I feel like it’s people working to make themselves better than their family was. So wherever you come from, you want to be better than that.”

 

"That's what most people strive for. A lot of people strive for money, but the money actually brings about happiness." Daniel Spencer, freshman

Daniel Spencer, freshman

“[Happiness is] what most people strive for. A lot of people strive for money, but the money actually brings about happiness.”

"A lot of people come here looking for success to fulfill their dreams and to get jobs and become successful." Lexi Belmontes, freshman

Lexi Belmontes, freshman

“A lot of people come here looking for success, to fulfill their dreams, and to get jobs and become successful.”

"I don't think it's obtainable for everybody." Julian Simmerman, sophomore

Julian Simmerman, sophomore

“I don’t think it’s obtainable for everybody.”

 

"I think if you work hard enough, everyone can achieve their own sense of the American Dream." Caroline Owens, freshman

Caroline Owens, freshman

“I think if you work hard enough, everyone can achieve their own sense of the American Dream.”

 

"I feel like you get different opportunities and you have more chance to become something that you want to be." Victoria Carr, freshman

Victoria Carr, freshman

“I feel like you get different opportunities [in America] and you have more chances to become something that you want to be.”

"Here in America, we take what's ours. If we want something, then we go after it." Jazmin Cook, sophomore

Jazmin Cook, sophomore

“Here in America, we take what’s ours. If we want something, then we go after it.”

 

"You come to America and you can do anything you want with your life. You have endless potential." Savannah Graham, freshman

Savannah Graham, freshman

“You come to America, and you can do anything you want with your life. You have endless potential.”

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