Essay on Oprah Winfrey

Decent Essays

The great American Dream, sought out by millions around the world, is a constant goal for people that live in America. For every individual living in the U.S. the American Dream has a different meaning. For some it might mean having 2 cars, a house, a picture perfect wife or husband, equally beautiful children; preferably twins, a sustaining job and a four to five bedroom suburban home. To others, the American Dream is having a job that can simply support a family or achieving some fame. Many Americans however don’t achieve this dream; not because they don’t have the money or they are not “beautiful” but because they are not using their resources correctly. We see examples of such on reality TV shows where people dementedly attempt to have …show more content…

All was not edgy, fun and risky for the young Oprah. While trying to jump start her career, at the young age of 20, Oprah’s life at the time was filled with so many obstacles that she decided to turn to drugs. Drugs were her ultimate solution. “Confessing to smoking crack cocaine is one of the hardest things I’ve ever said” she says during an interview. (Winfrey, Oprah,” Achievement p.3) Now 56 years old, Winfrey looks back at her mistakes with regret and wonders if she didn’t do drugs would she be at the place where she is now in life. Aside from her mistakes and struggles, Oprah Winfrey, always wanted to do better for herself. In fact, at the age of 16, Oprah won an Elks Club oratorical contest that guaranteed her full scholarship to Tennessee State University after her graduation from high school. (“Winfrey, Oprah,” Jet Magazine p.59) This opened many doors for her. Here her talent blossomed into a real career. While still frequenting high school, Winfrey won numerous prizes and awards that enabled her to star as the voice of WVOL; thanks to this opportunity, her popularity grew. She also began competing in pageants when she began college; she became Miss Black Nashville and Miss Tennessee in

Get Access
Get Access