On May 2, 2016, we discussed different ideologies that continue to impact Cultural Theory. The American Dream is an idea that a person’s level of success is made by the amount of work you put in. Many people immigrate to the US to seek a better chance at life. This can include getting a job with a higher wage and benefits. The catch is, this idea symbolically erases the struggles that intertwine with your place in society. This idea is almost impossible to achieve depending on your sex, race, class, or sexuality. Any of these factors can limit your chance at success.
At a young age, we are taught to study and stay in school. However, how far can you get with a college degree? Although it is satisfying to earn an education, it almost feels like it’s not enough. Thousands of dollars in debt and waiting on a potential job leaves us contemplating if this ‘American Dream’ is simply just a dream? Years ago, my profession only required a bachelors degree, but not anymore. Most people are required to at least earn a Masters degree.
How do you guys feel about the American Dream? Do you think it’s possible to achieve it?