I define being an American as being a hardworking, dedicated and passion driven individual. I believe that where you are born, what language you speak, what gender you are or what tone of color your skin is, does not define who you are. Every individual should have the right to choose who we want to be and should be allowed to pursue that belief. This is because we don’t always have the control over where we are born or what we are first taught. Thankfully the United States was founded on hardworking individuals who only wanted what was best for everyone. That is why in the Declaration of Independence, we are allotted certain unalienable rights. As an American, this should be placed first among anything else. However, legally I am not recognized as an american. This is simply because I was not born in the United States. I was born in Mexico and brought here at the age of seven. I now consider myself an American. I work hard for my goals and dreams and only want to better myself.