Essay on Is The American Dream Creating An American Nightmare?

1381 Words Dec 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Is The American Dream Creating an American Nightmare?
Children are told from an early age that they can become anything they want to be, and people flock in droves to the United States, “The Land of Opportunities” to achieve this American Dream. Author, James T. Adams, coined the term American Dream in his book “The Epic of America” as, "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” (Adams p.214-215) It is true, people in this country do have the opportunities to become anything they want to be. For many, obtaining a college degree is their route to success. By 2018, 60% of jobs in America will require a college degree. (Carnevale, Smith and Strohl) Because of the American-dream mentality and the statistics of needing a college degree, many assume that going to college for any degree will result in a lifetime of prosperity and happiness. This thought process is far from the truth. Not all college degrees are created equal, and the national average cost of a bachelor’s degree at a public university is $96,244, regardless of the chosen field of study. ("What 's the Price Tag for a College Education") As a result, college students are taking on alarming amounts of student loan debt. Unless the real dream is living life in debt and never getting to retire, deciding a career path needs to involve more practical thought than childhood fantasy. For instance, if pursuing the…

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