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Kayode’s American Dream

Throughout the upcoming weeks, GiveTeens20®®interns are discussing their ideas of the American Dream and how their potential career relates to this. In addition, a video from the organization GROCO highlights how successful individuals in their career field have helped broaden their American Dream.

The American dream has a very subjective meaning to people across our country or seeking to immigrate here in the United States. To some, it might be having all the money in the world, and to others it may be living a happy and healthy lifestyle. From my perspective, the American Dream has only one meaning.

The American dream is the dream of a land in which life should be better, richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. Now you might ask, what exactly does that mean? With America being a first world country, along with that comes great opportunities for everyone who comes here. That would be the reason for immigrants moving here, because they want a better life for themselves, but an even greater one for their children.

With my siblings and I being the first generation of Nigerian American in our family, it never really occurred to us to why our parents wanted us to grow up here instead of growing up in Nigeria. The reason my parents came here is most likely the same as any of immigrant: to seek a better life and have more access to new opportunities. They did not only do it for themselves, but for my siblings and I too.

Kayode (left) with his siblings.

As the child of two immigrants, the importance of taking advantage of education and all the other opportunities I have been given is crucial to me. Why? It all comes down to the fact that people in other countries do not have the same opportunities that I do as an American, such as education, free speech, and property.

The reason my parents came here is most likely the same as any of immigrant: to seek a better life and have more access to new opportunities. They did not only do it for themselves, but for my siblings and I too.   

-Kayode Giwa, GT20 Intern

We all have different aspirations, which leads to numerous perspectives on what the American Dream is. My prolonging career goal is to be a writer, and luckily, I was given the opportunity to do so for GiveTeens20®. Everyday I love to visualize what I want my future to look like, when I have achieved the goals I have set for myself as a teenager. I see myself going to school, writing, traveling, living in a big beautiful house with a family of my own someday. With the ability to do so, I will be allowed to inspire others to do what they please, no matter who says what. That is MY American Dream.

https://www.groco.com/radio/how-one-mans-film-brought-peace-to-a-war-torn-region.aspx

Kayode Giwa is a Student Athlete and Aspiring Writer with the goal of hitting milestones in the industry of writing and entertainment. Honesty always.

Read more of Kayote’s writing including his impressions of our Pearls of Wisdom fundraiser on our blog.