My name is Mutinta Nanongwe; I am a Year 10 student at Cecil Andrews College in WA. I am 15 years old and I live with my Mum and Sister. I was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and I moved to Australia when I was 4 years old after my Dad passed away. When I first moved to Australia, I came with my Mum then one year later my older Sister arrived. Looking back at my life, young as I may be, I have always been inspired and driven by great women. The first two being the women who raised me, my mother and sister. In a way, my life has always been a direct correlation to one goal; make all the sacrifices and the hard work my Mother and Sister endured for me be worth it. Since I moved to Australia, the people who have met me and heard my story have commended my ability to overcome adversity. Throughout my life I have learnt that I am not only my circumstances, I am now more than ever my decisions. In the past year I have experienced many incredible opportunities such as: interviewing the Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham, and my participation in the 4x4 in schools national challenge; where a group of students and I placed second in our division. What I have learnt from these experiences is: that that you can find your passion in the most unexpected places. This, in turn, has helped me establish a goal to one day attend university to pursue criminal law. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and reading.