Essay by matt6High School, 11th gradeA+, October 1996

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Three important values that I hold, are hard work, family, and friendship. These

are values that I think will make life better and easier for a person. They make me feel

secure and prepared for the future. Without these things I probably wouldn't care about

anything at all.

My values were all influenced by my parents. The only one that I had to figure out

mostly by myself, was to work as hard as I could. Hard work is something that I had to

do in order to prove to myself that I was smart enough. It probably controls most of my

life. I need to do everything right and get perfect grades to be satisfied, and so I'm always

working as hard as I can. It sounds like a bad thing, but the hard work almost always pays


Family is a value that my father taught me.

He told me that family is the most

important thing in life. Your family will always be there when you need them, and will

love you no matter what you do. This is a great thing, because it gives me security and

comfort. I know that the decisions that I make in life will be guided by people that care

about the outcome, and if things don't work out they'll be there to do whatever they can to

help me. You never have to put on a front with your relatives, they will almost always

accept you for who you are.

Another value that was influenced by my parents as well as television, is friendship.

Even though your family is always there for you, friends are still very important to have.

Having friends will usually raise a person's self-esteem. By having friends you know that

you are a good...