My American dream is finding community. I believe in the power of support and love, experiences that remind us that we are never alone. Growing up in a world that favors individuality over partnership has trapped me in a narrative that I am valued by the degree to which I struggle, alone. Having been surrounded by a loving family and a supportive faith community, I have been reminded of the importance in asking for assistance and guidance. We are constantly learning and growing as imperfect humans, and allowing ourselves to aknowledge and honor our strengths and challenges only strengthens our ability to perservere and find appreciation for life. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help, or admit failure. I believe it is a missed opportunity for human development when we forgo community support.