However, some teens stressed that being American does not mean one has to agree with all the government's actions.
A 16-year-old girl said, "Being an American is just caring about the good of America.
A 16-year-old girl commented, "I am grateful to be in a country with so many freedoms.
I just don't like how high-headed America is and how we may be a little more headstrong than we can handle." An Open Door to the Future A common theme in the replies is that being an American and having freedom opens the door to great opportunities.
One 13-year-old boy said it means "having the freedom to make choices in my life -- I can be as successful or unsuccessful as I want to be." A 14-year-old girl said to be an American is "to have freedom.
To be able to dream and try to be anything you want …
holiday and all the celebrations that took place across the United States, I feel a sense of personal pride. But, more specifically, I feel proud to be a part of it and to be a Native American.
I am a Native man living in a country that has had its fair share of wars, disputes and worse with Native people since the recorded history of America and even before.
It doesn't matter if you burn flags or join the armed forces, if you have citizenship you are American." Many Note Freedoms and Welcome Diversity The United States, by virtue of its founding principles, is a nation of diverse religions, cultures, races, and ethnicities.
A 16-year-old girl said that being an American means being "able to have our own ideas and beliefs, and being able to express [them], along with the freedom of being an individual who is different from everyone." A 14-year-old girl gave this response: "I think to be an American means accepting others, treating everyone equally, being open to new ideas and thoughts, understanding and appreciating your freedom, and not taking what your ancestors did for granted." Criticism and Apathy A few teens gave apathetic answers, and some were notably critical. "To be an American is to be blind to [the] world's problems, and to consume its resources," said one 16-year-old boy.