Aristotle said "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting." And I would describe this as being my present stage in life. After having completed several years in pursuit of higher education, I am confident in what I know, willing to learn what I don't, and able to accept or reject an idea based on a balancing of the two. We are all molded by experience including our education. It is central to our development, it is what Alfred Tennyson described as "becoming a name." I have become a name, I have earned my name, and now I am ready to carve out a spot in the American Dream as I myself will define it to mean for my own life.