As a first generation college student, I am grateful to be able to accomplish things that my family didn’t have the opportunity to. I feel that there are many definitions of being American because everyone has their own experience. Like my parents, they immigrated from southern China to avoid being hungry, and because they wanted to achieve more than they already had. Being American means being willing to sacrifice what you already have in hopes for a better life. Being American means appreciating what you have so far and keep on working beyond what you dream of. As an American, you should feel proud of the opportunity that you have to do better in life, and when others are in need of help, we should help them no matter what race, religion, or gender they are. Lastly, being American is a mindset and ability to better yourself and others around you. No matter what your experience in life so far may be, being American means not giving up hope despite the obstacles that one may face. As an American, I’m proud of the little things that people may not realize they take for granted like being able to eat, see, walk, hear, etc, and this motivates me to do better for myself, my family, my community, and my nation.