Being an American is all about choices.

About choices, this I believe, that life is not determined by the person one is, but the things one does. That statement is especially true in America. I believe that America was, is, and always will be a place where the consequences of life, positive or negative, are influenced by one's choices. The American dream, is equally evident to every single American citizen, everyone has a chessboard laid out in front of them, representative of life, with many choices and decisions to make, with the chance of failure and misfortune and the possibility of ultimate victory and happiness, all being hinged and dependant on one's actions. For example currently as I am writing this essay, I could be procrastinating or doing something else, for if I do procrastinate there will be negative consequences. Yet as an American, I have the freedom to decide to just not write this essay, and that's the beauty of it.

I believe that half of being an American citizen is having the luxury to go to McDonalds, KFC, even Starbucks and enjoy some good-ol-fashioned, unhealthy, delicious, American food. If you wanna go home, eat as much unhealthy foods as you want, and gain 400 pounds in 4 weeks, then you as an American, have your own, individual choice to do that. Food in America is just another example of choice, another path to take.

Even the smallest decisions in life, like whether or not to write this essay, must be weighed intensely and vigorously to achieve total success. There is also risk in every choice we make, as one’s efforts may prove to be fruitless or fruitful. Choices and decisions are everywhere in America, and one’s ability to choose correctly, or choose poorly is the ultimate decider in the place of where they lie in the world. Of course it is your decision as the reader and consumer to make the choice of whether or not to agree with me, yet another example of all the decisions that are provided to us, and the choices we choose to make.




Classen School of Advanced Studies Classen SAS 8th Grade English 2018

An arts and IB magnet school in the heart of Oklahoma City.

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