Why I still believe in the American Dream

Most young people don't think they're better off than their parents, but some still believe their own personal American Dream is in reach.

Dreaming of... financial stability
Dreaming of... financial stability
Jaiquann Beckham, 20
Radnor, Penn.

People tell me, 'Jaiquann, go to college, get married, buy a house, buy a car.'

I believe that kind of stuff, but personally, I believe the American dream is more just about being happy.

For me, I hope it's about waking up everyday and going to a job that I love. Right now, I'm a junior at Cabrini College, studying special education. I hope that by the time I graduate in 2013, the unemployment levels will be lower, and I'll be able to find a job.

I'd also like to be financially free, and I believe I can achieve this dream by continuing to educate myself about saving and investing money.

By Annalyn Censky @CNNMoney - Last updated December 12 2011: 8:38 AM ET
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