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Keily, the Bookworm Part-11

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Keily had ample time when she arrived at the American Embassy. She was an hour early. The security authorities let her in while her Mom waited outside a meter away.

Keily’s heart was beating very fast. She had never faced an embassy interview before. This was another new experience for Keily. Her time of the interview was 1:30 pm. The Consular Officer from the first window took her fingerprints. Keily already had submitted earlier the application processing fee, a copy of her passport and her application with a recent photo.

After the officer finished taking Keily’s fingerprints, she was asked to take a seat. Five minutes past 1.30 pm, Keily’s name was announced and she was asked to enter window 6.

Meanwhile outside of the American Embassy, Mom waited anxiously along with other parents whose children were inside the embassy also to give interviews.

Within half an hour, Keily’s interview was over. She wasn’t smiling when she came out. Mom knew something had gone wrong. After they were inside the car, Keily said her visa was refused. They weren't happy with her sponsor, in fact, her mother's financial records. That was understandable – where would Keily’s mother, being a housewife, get so much finance when Keily’s Dad had left them only two years ago? Keily had just joined her job a year ago and hadn’t accumulated a lot of money yet.

Friends suggested that Keily apply to the embassy a second time in the same session and show more finance by the early withdrawal of money from savings bonds and/or other invested bonds.

That would mean incurring money losses and spending another considerable amount of money for the processing of embassy application but friends said it was worth it.

So with a heavy heart and feeling distressed, Keily entered the American embassy again. She tried to smile at everyone, even at the Consular Officer inside window 5. She asked her a few questions. And guess what? Keily was handed in the token to get the visa the next day.

Keily seemed to be the happiest person on the planet. When she saw her Mom at a distance, she smiled broadly and waved her token so that Mom got her.

The next steps for Keily were to fix an apartment for herself on the UT-Austin campus and buy a one-way ticket through a travel agency.

Friends in UT-Austin suggested that it would be best for her to select a Colorado Apartment on the campus. So accordingly, she applied for it, and after she was approved of her desired apartment, she asked the housing department to give the keys of her apartment to one of her friends, Grace Imran by name. She would collect them the day before Keily would reach the UT-Austin campus.

Next, she went to a travel agency that friends recommended. She was going in the Spring semester and in December, when she was looking for moderately priced tickets, she couldn’t find one because it was all-peak hour time for everyone, students and adults alike who were returning to the US after the winter holidays.

Therefore, Keily decided to buy a ticket that would take her to London Heathrow Airport by British Airways and then to Austin by American Airlines through a stop at Dallas. She couldn’t have gone for a better bargain at this all-peak hour time. So Keily was happy with the available choice. She booked her flight and would come in a day or two to get the ticket.

Keily went shopping with Mom for buying suitcases and other necessary items of which she made a list. Keily felt exhausted. So Mom got her the rest of the items on the list.

She purchased the ticket. Her heart again felt heavy, this time at the thought of leaving home- Mom and Natalie. She hadn’t thought earlier she would ever feel homesick but as the time was approaching for her departure, it clearly showed- yes, she would miss her family.

She could come again in the winter or summer break. It wasn’t the end of the world. She reflected, “Yes, this is a part of life. But I will be united with my family again for sure.”

With a cheery smile on her face, she fell asleep. She had to finish her formalities back at the university. She was going on study leave. She had to confirm that and get a clearance from the university library, returning all the books she had borrowed so far.

When Keily reached the university the next day and completed all the last round of formalities, her students came looking for her. They said, “Mam, we know you are leaving. We wanted to talk about a few things in our course. Can we go to the lab upstairs?”

Keily was free now and said, “Yes, of course.” When she entered the lab, she was in for a surprise. Her students had decorated the lab with colored paper cuttings and balloons. The students asked her to sit beside her colleagues who were a part of the surprise.

Three students in a row gave varying speeches. A colleague gave a speech next. And then it was Keily’s turn to give an impromptu speech.

She said, “I am too astonished to say anything. The lab is decorated in such a lovely way. And I see a lot of preparations being taken for me to be given a farewell. Thank you, my dear students. Thank you so much.”

Then a student handed Keily a small bottle of concentrated perfume held in a small case. Another student gave her a farewell card, which was simply beautiful. A third student handed her a colorful carton paper with quotes and signatures from the students of the class. Lastly, she was given a basket carrying a bouquet of roses. Then there was a little party at the end with a chocolate cake, fast food and cold drinks.

Keily was touched, so very touched. The university held a lot of love for her- first her Dad, the classmates and now her students. Was she making the right decision leaving the university for study leave abroad? Then she remembered a line, “The first decision is always the best decision.”

She quickly recovered and bade her students and colleagues goodbye.

She had a day in between to pack up and then finally begin her adventurous journey out of her comfort zone for the sake of her higher studies.

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Keily, the Bookworm Part-10

Part-10 shows that Keily starts her teaching career at the university. She becomes popular for her crystal clear teaching. Meanwhile, she applies to the US for higher studies and is accepted finally to a university. She prepares to confront the interview at the American Embassy.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on May 31, 2020:

Thank you so much, Dora for your kind and generous comments. Stay tuned until next week for the next part. Really appreciate your comments.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 31, 2020:

I can relate to Kelly's struggle for the travel visa. Happy that she succeeded. Excited for the next part of her journey. Good storytelling.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 31, 2020:

Thank you, Lora, for reading this part as well and your generous and insightful comments. You got it right. Keily has a winning way about her, and she is also very caring. Stay tuned until next week for the next part. I am honored when you say you look forward to reading my sequel.

Lora Hollings on May 30, 2020:

I'm so glad that Keily finally received her visa. What a lovely farewell party her students and colleagues gave her. It is obvious that they really appreciated her and are very fond of her! Keily has a winning way about her. What I really like about her is that she seems to be a caring person. Very well done! I'm looking forward to reading your sequel.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 29, 2020:

I am happy when you say that my story is developing well and that you enjoyed it. Yes, obstacles happen all the time in achievements, and Keily somewhat faces the same. Thank you, Chitrangada, for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 29, 2020:

Hi Rosina!

Your story is developing well. Some obstacles can happen, and do happen in the achievement of our goals. And this is true in Keily’ s story too.

I have heard from many, when their US visa was rejected. Good that, it was approved later on.

Thank you for sharing another part of your story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 29, 2020:

I am glad you enjoyed my article. Actually it was her students giving her farewell along with colleagues from the university.Thanks for your generous and meaningful comments.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on May 29, 2020:

Rosina, perfect way to show determination and progression. She is perfecting adversary and seems to find ways to accept and figure out how to go around obstacles. Great that had a party by her friends to send her off with good wishes.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 28, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda, for your constructive comments. Let's see if she likes her flight and her apartment. She trusted her friend to like her apartment. Stay tuned until next week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 28, 2020:

It seems sometimes we always get turned down when we first attempt something, but bring strong and determined helps.

Sad that she had to spend more money though...but great that she got the visa.

The party shows how well she is liked by her students. That is a memory she can always keep.

Not certain she will like her flight. Time will tell.

I hope she likes her apartment. It is really hard to imagine not seeing it before agreeing to take it.

Keep going.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 28, 2020:

Thank you, Liz, for your insightful comments. Really appreciated. Stay tuned until next week for the next part.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 28, 2020:

It's interesting to follow Keily through the ups and downs of life. Getting the visa was a trial and leaving for America is a big step. It's good to see that her students gave her a good send off.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 28, 2020:

Yes, saying goodbye to her family, friends and students was hard, and the adventure ahead will have her excited eventually, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 28, 2020:

Saying goodbye to her family, friends, and students was hard, but the adventure ahead must have her excited with anticipation of the things to come.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 28, 2020:

Thank you so much for reading and your constructive and generous comments, John. Yes, stay tuned until next week for the next part.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2020:

Keily's persistence paid off and she is on her way to America. It was a sad farewell from the University but let's see what adventure awaits. Well written, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 28, 2020:

Thank you for reading and commenting, Bill. I really appreciate it.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 28, 2020:

You are over-dramatizing the situation.haha. Thanks for reading and commenting, Manatita.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 28, 2020:

There is a slight misunderstanding, Pamela. It's her visa for the American University that she didn't get but it all worked out at the end and she is getting ready for her journey abroad. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2020:

The ups and downs of life flow through this finely-crafted tale, a pleasure to read.

manatita44 from london on May 28, 2020:

Narrated well, with minimal drama, some good news and a send-off at University worthy of tears. Lovely Hub!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 28, 2020:

I was cncerned fr Keily when she didn't get the job the first time, but it all worked out. I thought it was so nice of her students to show how much they cared about Keily. This story is moving along very well for Keily's life.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 28, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna. That was a lot of encouragement from your side. Yes, Keily gets to experience abroad. Saying that, I would say stay tuned until next week. Thank you so much for your generous comments.

Lorna Lamon on May 28, 2020:

Initially I thought that after Keily had been refused the visa that she would decide to remain at home. However, I'm glad that she listened to advice and is now on her way to America.

I like how you have built this element into the story and how easily the story now flows. We are now seeing glimpses of how her future is starting to unfold, and I look forward to the next chapter.

Excellent writing Rosina with just the right amount of intrigue to keep us coming back.

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