Alexander B.

Alexander B.

Hello, my name is Alexander,

I am in 9th grade in orphanage #5 in Odessa. I am 15 years old and I live in Odessa with my disabled grandmother. We live in poverty on her monthly pension of $50. It’s very hard to get by on that, that is why I live in the orphanage. It is really hard for us because there isn’t always enough money. We often will go hungry because we can’t afford a meal. Despite all the hardship I try not to lose heart. Once I finish the 9th grade I’d like to enroll in the maritime academy and become a driver. Before I take the entrance exams for the maritime academy, however, I would like to attend prep classes there. Right now, my priority is to earn enough money for my studies. I am trying to figure out how to do this on my own since my grandma has a bad heart and her pension goes for her medicine. That is why most summers I spend working to raise money. I started participating in sports like bodybuilding and I’d like to think that I’m in good physical shape. I also love cars. When I worked this summer at a car repair shop I started to understand them and I’ve learned a bit about motors. When I can, I love to be outside in the fresh air. 

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