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To the editor:
I love political speeches. We have heard plenty over the past two weeks. We have been able to learn about various interpretations of what the good-ole American Dream is, was and what it could be, moving forward.
That’s where my generation comes in. You see, I am part of that special millennium high school class, the Class of 2000. At that time, my fellow Notre Dame CHS classmates and I shared that traditional American Dream. It’s the one where you invest in your education, work hard and pay your dues, all in solid belief that the path you trek will lead you to the success you seek.
During the 12 years since my graduation, that’s the American Dream I believed in, day in and day out. As I watched other peers give up and accept a lesser fate, I kept working toward a success that I knew was out there. Every time a hurdle presented itself, I battled in the firm faith that it was part of heading in the right direction.
In those 12 years, I have endured the challenges of many: six-figure student loan debt, spells of unemployment, consistency in underemployment, rising cost of living and a culture of uncertainty that have dominated my generation’s quest for accomplishment. We have had to learn quickly that health care is a luxury, raises are nonexistent, and that we will have to come up with our own plan on how we retire decades from now. In 2000, we came out ready to change the world, but we quickly found out that the American Dream was more elusive than ever; the rules had changed.
Now, at 30, I have come to the conclusion that uncertainty isn’t an excuse; it’s a state of mind. The best thing about being an American is that we can succeed as high as we can dream. Make a plan, believe in it and stick to it. Persistence, positivity and perseverance are going to be the attributes that will define our time. You may not be part of our generation but your kids are, your grandkids are.
With all of that considered, we have to fight harder, smarter for that elusive success. That’s why I feel it’s so important that we re-elect President Obama. He’s the only candidate who can relate to where so many of us are at. He knows that we’ll get there quicker by building our communities, reinstalling our collective pride and combining our voices to demand that our futures be bright.
Whether it’s my generation or yours, the American Dream still exists; the terms have just changed, along with the times. It’s still up to each one of us to find our way, make a difference and make it happen.