Video posted on March 29, 2016 at 6:00 am CST

To Carrie, the American dream is having the privilege to make a choice about what you want to do with your life, but also finding a way to be financially stable and handle the pressure of doing what you love.

Carrie was in the marching band, took dance lessons, and participated in theater in high school, having inherited her love for the arts from her supportive parents. Her American Dream doesn’t look a thing like she thought it would, but she learned that if you choose to be happy and find happiness in your surroundings, you are capable of anything.

“It is a privilege to get to make a choice about what it is you want to do,” Carrie said.

Now, Carrie is pursuing her American dream by taking on roles in the theater and giving back to the community, because her community was supportive in her pursuit of happiness.