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"Am I in a healthy relationship?"

This is a question I'm sure all of my friends have asked themselves at one time or another. And yet, it's the last question anyone thinks of when you meet that special someone. You're so caught up in newness and the whole excitement of discovering each other that you shove this thought to the back of your mind.

I don't think I realized the true importance of that question until I went to my first Life On Point group. It was in that classroom something life-changing happened. I remember the Life On Point teacher talking about relationships. She explained what a healthy, positive experience it could be if there was mutual respect and trust. One in which both people supported and communicated with each other. That made a big impression on me.

Not long after that, I met a girl named Whitney. She was a member of the On Point Teen Board. She encouraged me to join the board. I wasn't sure at first, but after I thought about it, I decided to apply. I was so happy when I heard that I was accepted. I became very active, making it a point to surround myself with my fellow teen board members. I quickly learned what a great support system they were for me.

Good thing, because high school certainly has its challenges. The last couple of years it's been extremely disappointing for me to see many of my friends give in to the pressures of becoming part of the "in crowd." they started experimenting with drugs and alcohol and I lost a lot of friends. That was a road I didn't want to go down.

It was hard for me to adjust to losing those relationships. I learned, however, that it was more important to have a few really true friends than a room full of fair-weather friendships. Looking back, On Point helped me turn my life around. Now, I'm focused on my future, healthy relationships, and standing up for what I believe in. And that's a real good feeling.

Ally is involved in Student Venture and is also a very active volunteer at Siskin Children's Institute. She is currently in the top percentage of her graduating class and is enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. After graduation, Ally's dream is to attend Tennessee Wesleyan College and obtain a degree in social and behavioral sciences.

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