AS GENIUS OF ENLIGHTENMENT DOES PREPARE...
June 6, on the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, the Museum of USUE History hosted the last meeting of the USUE Friendship Club of International and Russian Students in the current academic year.
On the 224th birthday of the great poet, students from Egypt, India, Côte d'Ivoire and other countries read his poems in Russian: the famous "I loved you ...", "Prisoner", "Mozart and Salieri" and other. Their Russian peers, who have known Pushkin since early childhood, noted that while studying at the USUE Preparatory Faculty, foreigners improved their pronunciation, so those present enjoyed reciting poems.
A USUE College student, Angelica Andel, made a short presentation on the biography of the great Russian poet, from his youth in the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum to the fatal duel. Apart from that, Angelica highlighted the period of the Mikhailovsky exile. Then, the already accomplished poet honed his gift and got acquainted with the wealth of folklore talking with his nanny, Arina Rodionovna Yakovleva.
“I heard about Pushkin in China. We like Russian culture,” a student of the USUE Preparatory Faculty, Hu Jie, said, “It’s great that the university gives people from different cultures the opportunity to study other’s wealth of knowledge and share it with each other.” As the director of the Museum of USUE History, Yulia Taushkanova, noted, today many countries unfriendly to Russia were trying to "cancel" Russian culture - to oust it from the world artistic heritage, and such "discoveries" of Russian writers, musicians and artists are very important for foreigners. Today, students also remembered Pushkin as a well-known mischievous person who loved to joke, so taking a few books, they arranged comic fortune-telling based on lines from poetry, asking questions: “Will I get a credit in computer science?”, “How will I spend my summer?”, “Will we study to the end?". “To understand the country in which you live, you need to know its history, to know its society. The museum is the best fit for this,” a Cameroonian Ndonzu Mbonge Valerie Leonel shared his impressions of the meeting. “ At home, they told me that it could be difficult with the Russians. But this year I have met a lot of kind, sympathetic people here, and I am very happy about it.” In summer, international students, like their Russian peers, are preparing for exams. During the year of study at the Preparatory Faculty, they learned a lot about the country they had come to. Some of these discoveries they made at the Museum of USUE History. In the new academic year, the Friendship Club will continue its work.