My American Creed

This piece is about my belief that I can be financially successful after high school and where you come from doesn't affect your level of success.

By Erica C. from ASU Preparatory Academy in Arizona

My American Creed is be financially successful after my highschool life, and to prove that it doesn’t matter where you come from you can always be prosperous. Many people have told me that life of being an adult isn’t easy. There are bills, fees, car payments, house payments, insurance, etc. Unfortunately most people either don’t have enough money for anything or they only have money for bills and not for extra things.

I know that in life you can’t always have what you want. When I was growing up my parents were young and only a couple of years out of highschool. My dad had bought a house and really didn’t have additional money for new clothes all the time or toys. As I got older I started to realize that I didn’t want to struggle financially like my parents did. So as my high school school choice I choose a college preparatory academy. Where I come from it isn’t the poorest part of Phoenix but it is full of retired drug addicts and ex-gang members.

Most of them don’t have much money but they always have enough to get by. According to Samantha Smith Author of “Most think the ‘American dream’ is within reach for them.” says, “ Despite persistently low levels of public satisfaction with the state of the nation , most Americans say they have achieved the American dream, or are on their way of achieving it. Only about one-in-five (17%) say the American dream is out of reach for their family.” In this article she talks more about the way Americans talk about the dream. But for most people they say they have reached their American dream. For everyone it is different, not everyone will want to be financially successful like I do for reasons like they already have it or they have other problems they have to worry about.

Typically after High school most teenagers go to college or get a full time job to earn money to be able to live on their own. In the financial educators council website it says that 63% of young adults turn out to be economically successful. I know that I won’t be a rich person as soon as I graduate, but I want have money for other things. I want to become a dental hygienist or an actual dentist. Most college students are stereotyped as broke and rearley having extra money. I don’t want to depend on my parents my whole college experience.

In conclusion my American Creed is to have enough money to not just get by, but to buy my own car and maybe a nice place to live without going broke every month. It starts in high school depending on your grades and how well you do academically. I’ve learned a lot from my parents and my neighborhood. It is better to fulfill an education rather than picking up decent paying jobs all my adult life. Also to set an example for ,my future kids or generation that going to school and getting a career always has a better outcome.       


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