Persuasive Essay On The American Dream

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The American Dream has always been to have bought a big house, with a white picket fence, a golden retriever, a loving spouse and kids. The typical dream includes a well paid job and a nice car. In the past, it was easier to get a job without a college degree and be able to afford many luxury things. Millennials are faced with many troubling issues, that get in the way of this, “American Dream”, that has caused for a change in this, “Dream”.
There are only a handful of high school graduates that know exactly what career path, they want to go to school for and get their bachelors degree within a 4 year span. Majority of the high school graduates today are unsure of a career path to chase, leaving most going to a community college. For almost all students, it is necessary to get a part time job to help pay for school necessities. Stress is added to those who have a full school schedule (12 units/credits or more) and also have +30 hour work weeks in order to pay for school. When students decide to transfer to 4 year colleges/universities, most cannot afford $20,000 to $25,000 a year for tuition. To build onto the stress from community college, transfer students now have to worry about the cost of their newly acquired student debt. After completing their Bachelor’s Program at their chosen 4 year, students acquire roughly $80,000 to $100,000 in student debt, not including the cost of living expenses. Even after all the costs and schooling, careers are not promised to graduates. Millennials are forced to take any job after graduation, in order to pay off these debts, even if these jobs are not in their related degree. Millennials today have a hard enough time worrying about how to pay back their loans, not to mention the increase in the cost of living.
The cost of living, especially in the Silicon Valley, has increased dramatically. Many of the families in the working middle class are struggling to pay for rent or their mortgages. In today’s time, there is no place in America that one can live off a minimum wage job. Therefore, millennials have to fight for better jobs in order to live comfortably. In order to fight for these better jobs in which they seek, they need their college degrees.
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