The Australian Dream

Words by Ragina Hong

When I was a kid, one of the most frequently asked questions I would receive was, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” 21 years on, I still ask myself that same question. It’s also one of my favourite conversational topics at dinner tables whether people are seven, 17, or 76. For many of us, the great Australian dream may be to own your own home, have a loving partner to share it with, and kids running around the backyard drinking Up-n-Go’s (at least that’s what ads keep telling us). The ‘dream’ has us working Monday to Friday, nine to five. Whilst that is a noble pursuit, surely the modern university student dreams of something a bit bigger or at least a little different? Tasked with turning my pure-hearted curiosity to something productive, I set off to interview a few people around me about what their dreams for the future were…

The Australian Dream