What It Means to Be an American

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What It Means to Me to Be an American I have always thought the term “American” was refreshing. I do so because I loved the fact that one word can describe so much and have so many meanings. People often throw the word around without really thinking of what it truly means to be an American. It’s not as simple as most people believe it to be. To me the word “American” has always been connected to the words freedom and responsibility. I feel like we take what the freedom we have for granted. We have the freedom most people never get to see in a life time. For instance, education for most is a drag. They just don’t wake up and say, ‘I want to learn!’, instead the dread the fact that they have to go to school. This bothers me because without education nothing is possible. The American Dream would and will never be achievable to someone who does not see education as an opportunity to become someone in life. Education to me means so much because education is not to make a living, but to make a life. However, just because we are American does not mean our views on the type of freedom will meet eye-to-eye. Religion is something that everyone knows should be respected, but sometimes isn’t. It always made me wonder how the very thing that started America could be so forgotten. There are days when I struggle with people accepting my faith. I get so frustrated because I think, “This is America, the land of the free. Why am I getting ridiculed for something that is free?” but then I realize that what they think doesn’t matter. I realize that being Christian and putting my faith in God brings me back and gives me roots to something forgotten. Something that should be remembered. In the end, being Americans we have the responsibility to present that proudly. What I love about this country is that we have the responsibility to work hard in everything we do and contribute to

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