Home Sources

The Home Sources article in our course packet has been really helpful so far, specifically in regards to oral histories and genealogical records. I’ve talked to some of my family members about what they remember about our ancestors, and they have been extremely helpful in recalling some of their names and spouses. One of my great aunts from my mother’s side of the family printed up a lengthy summary and genealogy chart that goes all the way back to 1723! There are a few holes that I will have to piece together, but it’s a great place to start. I haven’t yet been able to locate any additional physical copies of family records, however though ancestry.com I have found digital copies of¬†citizenship and military records which has quickened the process of filling out my family tree considerably.

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My American Dream

I have the typical American dream. Go to college, get a good job, start a family, own a house. But now I’m starting to wonder if that is realistic anymore. Ever since the occupy Wall Street thing started, I’ve become increasingly aware of the social and economic problems in this country. Nowadays, the unemployment rate is getting higher and fewer people own their own homes. By the time I graduate college, I’ll owe approximately $30,000 in student loans, and then after that I plan to attend medical school which will means I’ll owe an additional 30 grand, all before I even get my degree and become a doctor. How can I expect to be financially secure when I have to start my adult life with more than 60 grand of debt? In my opinion, I think many of America’s educational problems would be solved if students didn’t have to pay thousands of dollars to attend college. Though I may have to slightly alter my expectations for the future, I will never let that change my goals or dreams.

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