The American Dream is the idea that everyone in the United States has an equal opportunity to achieve success through hard work and determination. From the surface, the American Dream sounds moving and inspiring and may serve as a way to motivate Americans to work their hardest. However, the American Dream is based off ideas that are largely false. Not everyone in the United States has an equal opportunity to achieve success due unproportionate economic and educational opportunity. Economically, America currently has low social mobility, meaning people who make very little money in the start of their careers will most likely to continue to make very little money for the rest of their lives. This is the same for people who begin making middle-class wages at the start of their careers. The top percentage of the wealthiest people in America own most of the country’s wealth, making it extremely difficult for other people to catch up to them. Those who start at the bottom stay at the bottom and those who start at the top stay at the top. People from different countries used to and continue to dream of coming to America to achieve the American dream. However, now immigrants face stronger barriers against the American Dream as their economic opportunities are typically even more limited. Minimum wage jobs that are available to immigrants barley meet living standards, making it difficult for people to support themselves or their families on these jobs alone. Not to mention, illegal immigrants typically work jobs that put them below minimum wage. On the topic of educational opportunity, it is important to note that neighborhoods with low community income typically have low school funding which may drastically alter the available resources offered to students. Education may have a huge affect on people’s future and current quality of life. The American Dream has filled Americans with unrealistic expectations and created feelings of anxiety amongst many. While it is good to have dreams, there is a huge gap between expectations and reality when it comes to the American dream. It puts an immense amount of pressure on people and can make anything short of greatness feel like failure.