Op-Ed – Thoughts On The American Dream

By Suzen Richardson – 10th Grade, Propel Braddock Hills High School

What are my thoughts on The American Dream? I have been asked this question before and I believe that it has changed for me since the last time I thought about it. The last time I was asked this question my answer was for my family and me to be happy. It is still true but now I have a whole new list of accomplishments that I want to reach to be happy in my future. I want to go to college, have good friends, get good grades, and at the top of my list and always has been is to get published as a writer. That is my American dream, but everyone’s dream is different. My mother wanted to get her artwork into the Carnegie Museum, which she has. My dad wanted to do something that involves food, which he also has done and still is doing, then they both wanted a family, which they have now. We are all different. We all want different things. Not everyone’s going to be the same, not everyone has the same dream. Your dream is different from mine, and James Adams dream is different from mine as well. That is what makes us unique, that is what makes us special. We’re not all the same and the American Dream is not the same for everyone else either.


Suzen Richardson 2 Suzen Richardson is a 10th grader in Propel Braddock Hills High School and lives in Wilkinsburg. She has submitted writing pieces to organizations around Pittsburgh.  She loves photography, drawing, jewelry making, and creating stories.

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