When asked to define the American dream, Laura Judge has to take a minute to think. “I think of someone overcoming great obstacles,” the 32-year-old resident of Lowell, Michigan, finally says.
It’s not a term she would use for herself or any of her friends, either. Rather than having to pull herself up by the bootstraps – as she envisions those living the American dream must – Judge says, “I feel like I’m very blessed and have a lot.”
Rebekah Casper, 22, is another millennial who doesn’t think the term is particularly relevant to her life. “I haven’t heard that term in a long time,” says the Brookston, Indiana, resident. “It’s something older people use.”
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