UNITED States Ambassador Frankie Reed yesterday challenged students of Taveuni to rise above their situations and achieve their dreams.
Speaking to students of Bucalevu Secondary and Niusawa Secondary schools, Ms Reed shared with them her upbringing.
"I was not raised in a wealthy family but I set my goals and that helped me achieve my dreams," she said.
"You can achieve your goals of becoming a lawyer, doctor or whatever you want to become."
Ms Reed's visit to the island was part of the Millennium Development Goals program.
The MDGs are aimed at encouraging development by improving social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries.
In September 2000, Fiji chose to be part of the 193 countries to adopt the eight MDG goals. One of the MDG goals is Achieving Universal Primary Education.
Ms Reed told the students she didn't become an ambassador overnight.
"There are people who will help you achieve successful dreams," she said.