Progress...this essay was used as the essay for college applications as well as the essay on scholarship applications...discusses the meaning of the word progress

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America is a great country recording giant strides in social, economic, and cultural progress. America is a country in which every person has the opportunity to succeed and grow to improve from themselves and society. Today's youth have learned from generations before us that it takes hard work, determination, and dedication to be successful in life. We are taught at an early age to set goals and try to improve our standard of living. Without continual progress in our American society we wouldn't be able to further cultivate America's future together.

Progress is best defined by Webster's Dictionary as, "a forward or onward movement (as to an objective or to a goal) or gradual betterment." Through progress America is still working to achieve a better life for its entire people.

Winston Churchill once said, "Everyday you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path.

You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb." I believe Churchill's statement strongly reflects the view of American society in that every day, month, or year that goes by in some way people are looking to progress. America's people are always looking for a better life for themselves, which makes America, progress as a whole. For example a team is only as strong as its weakest link, and if the weakest player doesn't have the drive to work harder and get better then the team won't be as successful. In the terms of American society, if the little factory man doesn't want to work harder for more opportunity in life, the American society won't be as strong.

In America, in order to live...