My name is Alexander. My full name is Alexander Sergeevich Slusarenko. I was born into a family of a sailor on a submarine. My family is not small. There are four of us. When I was 7, I went to school. I did well at school. I was especially good at math and geometry, but I also coped with the rest of the subjects. Thus from the point of view of my progress at school I didn't cause much trouble to my parents. But I did make them worry because I used to come home rather late. The thing is, I went swimming and our training finished at about 7 p.m. I lived far from the swimming pool, so it took me quite a lot of time to get home. When I was at school I got into the habit of reading a lot. At first I read everything I got hold of but the older I grew the more definite my tastes in books became. I took to reading historic books, books about adventures. I read a lot of technical books about computers and everything connected to them, such as mathematics, phisics, programming and so on. Now when I think about this, I come to the conclusion that I should be grateful to my parents for this habit: they themselves read a lot and encouraged my reading. I am sure books will be my friends all my life. In my last year of schooling I often wondered what I would do in the future, what sphere of life I should choose. After a number of heated discussions with my parents and friends I decided to choose applied mathematics. I think I shall make a good mathematician.