Syedyshev Oleg
Syedyshev Oleg

Humorous Essays Based on students' memories

"All have died
except for those who are alive, and those whom we remember"Confucius

From the Author

After finishing school I faced a question of where to go to continue my education. By that time I already had a firm decision to enter the Medical Department of the Kemerovo Medical Institute. I implemented it when entered the Kemerovo State Medical Institute (KSMI) in 1966 and graduated from it in 1972. They say that student years are the best in man's life. I will not insist on this statement and convince you, my dear readers, everyone will have his or her own answer to this question. Though I believe that this is true, because all exciting impressions and emotions experienced during the years of study are unique and stay in our memories for a long time. So to prove this I want to bring several essays about my student life to the attention of the guests of the site.

Wikipedia gives the following definition of an essay:

Essay (in French essai "an attempt, a trial, a sketch", from Latin exagium "balancing") - a literary genre of a short prosaic writing with free composition. Essay expresses author's personal impressions and points of view on a certain event or an issue and does not claim to be exhaustive or definitive (in Russian's parody tradition "a view and something"). As for its size and function, it verges, on the one hand, on a scientific article and a literary sketch (which is often confused with an essay), and on the other hand - with a philosophical treatise. The essay style combines figurativeness, flexibility of associations, aphoristic character and quite often antithetic thinking, focus on intimate sincerity and spoken intonation. Some theorists consider it to be the fourth, together with epos, lyric poetry and drama, kind of fiction literature.

Essays are based on real facts. All the described cases of my student life really had taken place. All the characters of the essays are the students of the Kemerovo Medical Institute of different years. These are the reports of retro- events. For your convenience, my dear reader, I arranged my narration in the form of separate stories.

Life is life, and, alas, all of us are mortal. Now, forty years later, we said good bye forever to many of our former fellow students and lecturers. May the peace of God be with them, we will always remember them. I on purpose did not say about anyone "the deceased". All of them are forever alive to us.
Not without reason it is said: "A man is alive while he is remembered". I really like the words of Confucius: "All have died except for those who are alive, and those whom we remember" This postulate is especially important now, forty years later, and I took it as an epigraph to the collection of Humorous essays based on students' memories. At first I wanted to call it a collection of essays, "40 Years Ago or A Point Of View And Something." The name was taken out of nowhere. In 2012 I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my graduation from the Kemerovo Medical Institute.

Here is the first part of the name. "A Point Of View And Something" is a colloquial expression about something ironic, very superficial, insipid what contains no serious analysis of the topic. Well, it is exactly about my Humorous essays. And I borrowed this part of the name from the words of Repetilov from "Woe from Wit":

"You'll find an extract in a journal, by the way,
It's called 'A Point Of View And Something'.
What is it all about? Everything."

Well, I hope you will agree that the last line is great. However, after rereading the essay one more time, I suddenly realized that I wrote about the dudes. Yes, we were excellent students and no less desperate dudes who became the wonderful doctors later.
This is my first literary experience. Well, it's up to you to decide, what came out of it. I will be happy if you leave your comment (whatever it is) in the guest book on my website at

So, "Dudes" read the Humorous essays based on students' memories.

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