First, as I work my way up to my future, I need to learn talents.  Opportunities are great ways to help me learn talents.  Some of the opportunities I am already working on are piano, art, and swim team.  There are also things that I don’t want to take advantage of like drugs, gangs, the negative sides of media, stuff like that.  These are things that we should avoid.  Things I value are family, friends, school, N.O.V.A., and my dream that gives me something to look forward to in life.  I have always wanted to be a marine biologist.  N.O.V.A. has helped me in many ways like teaching me to feel good about myself, giving me many tools to use in life to help me get to my path of excellence, and teaching me to appreciate life and everything and everyone in it.  Sometimes we all get a little discouraged about some stuff that everyone has a problem with and since we all have had that happen, we all can help.  I have learned a lot this year and now know that with the help and support of my friends, family, and teachers, I can make it through and get to where I want to be when I grow up.