For the Gen-Yers around the world who have just recently graduated high school, the American Dream probably seems out of reach.America used to be the land of opportunity, where a man's work ethic determined his legacy.
It used to be a place where gold flowed through the mountains, and prestige, honor and wealth were all possible.
However, now it seems the world has waken up.
The American Dream simply does not feel real anymore -- especially for the recent college grads drowning in debt and forced to move back into their parents' basements. It's more like a subplot to a fantasy novel written by George R.R. Martin.
This begs the question, is the American Dream really dead?
I don't believe it is. In fact, I believe it's stronger than it has ever been.
I am the son of immigrants, and I am the only investment my parents ever made. They have put their entire hopes and aspirations into me, into my education and the chance at a better life.
My father had a comfortable life back home, and instead of settling for good enough, he chose to wander into the unknown. He knew that coming to America would mean better opportunities for me, and he sacrificed his business to work 12-hour shifts for 21 years because he knew the reward would be worth it.
Now I am only six months away from graduation at an accredited university, and am already receiving offers from top corporations.
Although the road had its bumps, by the end of this year I will have realized the American Dream, and I will ensure that my parents never again work a day in their lives.
Although other nations, such as China and India, are beginning to blossom, none can match America's innovation or ambition. This country has provided shelter for my family, financial aid for my education and has set me on the path to a stable and prosperous financial future.
I urge all the recent high school graduates to take the next four years of your life very seriously. College can be a transcendent experience, so have as much fun as you can, but also plan ahead and pick a major that will provide a sense of purpose along with financial flexibility.
Absorb as much as you can during your college years; invest in your future, network and strive for excellence. Get started on a plan for your career as early as you can, and choose a field that will continue to grow. It's okay to make friends, celebrate and enjoy yourself, but keep your eyes on the prize.
The world says college is a waste of time and money, and the old tale of hard work leading to prosperity is now considered a myth. However, the Dream is still possible.
This nation was built on the backs of immigrants who chose to leave everything behind and take a risk for the chance at a better life -- a life without fear, hunger or despair.
Let the skeptics trash talk all they want. I owe everything to this country, and while certain media outlets and political pundits choose to believe that the Dream is dead, I know the truth.
The American Dream is not dead; it's thriving and only getting stronger. The mountains are still flowing with gold, while wealth, success and honor are all still very much obtainable.
In this country, a man's ambition and drive still determine his legacy. America is still a nation that no matter where you're from and no matter what your background is, you are free to prosper and fail by your own choices.
It's a place where you are given all the tools you need, and if you utilize them, greatness is within reach.
In six months, I will be living, breathing proof.
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