America is seen as a place where abundant freedoms and opportunities are waiting. However, until you experience it firsthand, you can not predict how your dream will play out. America is a place where dreams come
I enjoyed reading this; since i come from an immigrant family I could relate to this very deeply. I would hear stories about what my parents thought America would be like but when they got here it was completely different. What you said about how life is really hard for immigrants and that they have to overcome a lot of obstacles is very true. In https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/the-7-biggest-challenges-facing-refugees-and-immig/ it talks about the 7 hardest thing immigrants have to over come and it amazes me what people go through to get their families a better life. Great read!
I really liked what you had to say about immigration because it is true. I see what immigrants have to go through, and I don’t think I could ever understand because I was born here, but I can empathize, which is something we should all do. My grandma and father were immigrants, and I have seen their hard work and determination to work to provide for us. Immigrants are truly the most hard-working people I know, because as you said, they have some equal opportunity, however it is harder to achieve that. They almost have to relearn everything. I like that you cited many articles and a book, even though it was fictional, yet relatable. It also gave me the idea to start reading that book!
Taniya, I completely agree with you! Our handbook has so many rules about dress code and almost none of them apply to the boys. I understand that to a certain extent it’s not okay to wear certain things, but for the most part it is your body and should be your choice. Especially when someone says it is distracting for others because everyone…[Read more]
Emilee, I found your post very interesting. Especially the idea about how everyone has a different view and opinion on not only what it means to be an American but what they think are American values. As you said, America is commonly thought of as a country that values freedom and equality, but there are two sides to everything. Our country today…[Read more]
Hi Emilee, thank you for sharing your post. I found your ideas on the change in the american dream very interesting. I agree very much with your example from Langston Hughes, where he said “There’s never been equality for me, Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free””. Even though equality and freedom are some of America’s main values, that does…[Read more]
The most important aspect about American beliefs, creeds, or values is that they are constantly changing. Not only will each person’s opinion on the subject vary, but so will the accepted way we think of it over
I love your article! It really enjoy that you talk about the changes in American values, because many people dislike the idea of change and want things to be the way they always have been, like with the second amendment. I also like that you talk about the specifics of American values changing, like what you said about how the current generation values self expression end education more than in the past. With that, I can really relate to the changes in values affecting what we work for, but I also disagree to a point. For example, I value school a lot, but that doesn’t mean I won’t just procrastinate and watch Grey’s every day. Thank you for your post, I loved it!
I really enjoyed your article. Your article expressed a new view about American values that I wouldn’t have thought of. I agree with the idea that American culture values, beliefs, and creeds are constantly changing. I like the use of Sherman Alexie’s article as an example and I think it fits well in your essay. Thank you for your post.
I have never actually thought of why we fear what we do and where our phobias come from, so I found the topic of this post very interesting. I guess it does make sense that experiences you had as a child could effect your views on something, also since you grow up and learn from just watching your parents I understand how if they have a fear for…[Read more]
Alex, I have never actually thought of why we fear what we do and where our phobias come from, so I found the topic of this post very interesting. I guess it does make sense that experiences you had as a child could effect your views on something, also since you grow up and learn from just watching your parents I understand how if they have a fear…[Read more]
Jessica, thank you for sharing your post. I one hundred percent agree with you, my dog is definitely my family. After reading this, I just felt so happy and I wanted to go hug my dog. Also, I found it very interesting that dogs can actually feel emotions like jealousy.
Thank you for sharing your view on the topic through this post, I completely agree that the price to further your education after high school is way to much. When the university costs that much just for tuition and then you add in the added costs of four years of room and board and a meal plan, its hard to walk away debt free. Especially…[Read more]
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