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Keily, the Bookworm Part-15

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Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Keily woke up, fully aware that she was in new surroundings different from her home back in her country. She got up and washed up. She changed her clothes to a dark blue striped T-shirt and blue jeans. And then she waited for Grace to come.

Sure at 8:40 am, there was a knock on the door. Keily went up to the door to meet Grace and invited her in. She brought a big carton box, which surprised Keily.

Then in the living room, Grace opened the box to bring out bread, jam, fried eggs, pancakes and bottles of orange juice.

Keily said in wonder, “What a dainty breakfast, Grace!”

After finishing breakfast and cleaning away wastes, Grace said, “Let me take you on a tour around the campus. I will only show you the main buildings that you will need shortly. The rest, I am sure, you can figure out yourself.”

Keily said, “I am completely okay with it, Grace. I am most grateful to you for all your help and kindness.”

Grace smiled, “No problem. It’s a pleasure.”

Keily locked her apartment door from the outside, and the girls walked and stood in front of the shuttle stop. Soon the shuttle was in sight, and both the girls got on it.

They stepped down from the shuttle in the main campus area. A tower stood tall among all the buildings. Keily pointed at it and asked, “What is it?”

Grace replied, “It has libraries and administrative offices. But the UT tower is well known for shining with burnt orange light for two nights in a row to celebrate commencement and to honor the current year’s graduates.”

Grace then said, “I will take you now to the Computer Science Complex.”

Soon they reached there, and Keily viewed it for a long time from all angles.

Next, Grace showed Keily the University Health Services. And she said, “After your orientation tomorrow, they will ask you to come here for your blood tests for TB screening and measles. So it is important that you recognize this building.”

Keily nodded in agreement. Grace showed her then where the orientation would take place. Keily took a mental note of it and was sure she would be able to locate it the next day.

Next, both the girls headed for the Universal Federal Credit Unit (UFCU), which served banking purposes. There were many ATMs for UFCU on campus as well. Grace asked Keily to go inside with her and went up to a lady and said, “This is my friend, Keily. She would like to open a savings account at your branch.”

The lady was blonde and smiled sweetly, “Sure, here fill up this form. Take a seat first.”

Keily filled up the information on the form, and they took a copy of her passport and visa. And Keily was able to deposit cash in her new account.

Next, they walked again until they came to the grocery complex. They went inside for shopping. Keily used an extra $100/- cash in her wallet for shopping. Her bank card would be ready in two days’ time. Grace also shopped. Keily’s shopping cart was full of groceries, dessert cups, healthy packet meals, soup packets, sliced chicken packets, cooking spices and what not!

It cost her a total bill of $90, and Keily was happy that she saved $10.

Coming back from the shopping complex in the shuttle, they got down and put both their groceries inside Keily’s apartment. And then Keily and Grace came out again so that Grace could show her the nearby laundry site where she would need 25 cent coins for washing and drying.

Next, they strolled to the University Apartments Office. Grace said, “I took the keys of your apartment, giving my signature temporarily in the contract. Now you will have to put your signature permanently in the one-year contract of your apartment.”

“Okay, I understand”, said Keily.

After the task was done, they came back to the apartment, and Grace gave Keily a number where she could contact for dial-up internet. Grace reminded Keily that the internet was a part of the monthly bill for her apartment.

Keily said, “Yes, I remember now.”

Grace further said, “ Only your electric bill is separate. Apartments staff will read your electric meter each month. Billing for electrical service is approximately from the 10th of the month to the 9th of the next month.”

Keily said, “Okay, I get it.”

Grace cordially said, “ Keily, that is all I can remember you will need for the moment. You can buy cheap telephone cards to call home from land phones. But that can be settled a bit later. Let me know how your orientation goes tomorrow. I will give you a visit in the evening today to see everything is okay with you. I will be busy with classes during the day tomorrow.”

Keily said in complete gratitude, “Thank you for everything, Grace. I don’t know how I would have managed all by myself.”

Grace said politely, “Don’t mention it. I am happy to help you out.”

They both smiled happily, and then Grace left.

Keily started arranging her groceries in the refrigerator. Also, she arranged her cupboards with cereal packets, rice pots, disposable plates, spoons and cooking spices. Having done that, she wondered what to cook so that Grace and herself could eat together in the evening.

She thought of cooking rice with chicken pieces and spices and got busy.

She washed everything including the cooking utensils and was soon on her way to cook. She settled everything on the stove in a large utensil and switched the stove on. After about 30 minutes, a nice aroma filled her apartment. She was happy that her cooking was a success and waited for three more minutes to dry up the recipe a bit more.

Then she took the utensil off the stove and put it on a rest cloth in the sink area. She took off the lid with another piece of cloth and smelled. Yes, it felt good. She was delighted that Grace would enjoy it.

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Part-14 depicts that there is a flight delay at Dallas airport. This stirs up anxiety in Keily. Finally, she reaches Austin airport where her old friends receive her. They take her to their on-campus apartment. After a good dinner together, they take her to her apartment, and soon Keily struggles to get sleep, her friends having left.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on July 09, 2020:

Keily still has a few more things to add to her life before she can finally settle down. Yes, the next part shows how her orientation goes. Thank you for your generous comments.

Lora Hollings on July 09, 2020:

What a wonderful friend Grace is! It sounds like Keily is finally settled in her new living arrangement and is ready to purse her goal of an advanced degree. I look forward to reading how Keily's orientation goes and how she adjusts to her new life. Well done!

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

Yes, Keily has good friends to help out in her new surroundings. I wanted to show how she manages her basics before I go on to more important stuff in the story.

Yes, it could be a good guide to students going for higher studies out of their comfort zones.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Truly Appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2020:

Things are going well for Keily, in the new surroundings. These are the basics, such as opening a bank account. Your story is a good guide to the students, who may be going for higher studies, far away from their homes.

Thank you for sharing another interesting chapter of Keily’s story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 25, 2020:

Thank you for your kind and insightful comments, Brenda. Yes, Keily is actually lucky to have Grace as her friend in helping her to settle down. Keily wants to start repaying the friendship by cooking a good meal and sharing it with Grace. Stay tuned until next week.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 25, 2020:

Yes, Peggy, Keily is very lucky to have a friend like Grace who helps her get familiarized with the campus and also setting up her bank account and shopping groceries. Stay tuned until next week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 25, 2020:

Glad she had Grace with her. It is always hard getting everything set up when you first move.

Like you said before this is before cell phone era since she was getting phone cards to call home.

Its great that everything but electric is included with her rent.

I'm glad she can cook a good meal for the two of them. A nice time for two friends.

Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2020:

Keily is so fortunate to have her friend Grace introducing her to all of the aspects she needs to know to navigate around the UT campus. Even the details like setting up a banking account and grocery shopping are important steps towards her settling into her new life.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 25, 2020:

Yes, Keily has good friends in her life now to help her out. Yes, we all need good people in our lives. Thank you, Bill, for reading and commenting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 25, 2020:

Things are going quite well for Kelly! She has the right people in her life, something we all need. Well done, Rosina!

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 25, 2020:

Yes, Keily got a lot of help from Grace, Pamela. Let's hope Keily will do well in the near future. Glad you enjoyed this part. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 25, 2020:

Kelly had a very good day with the help of Grace. This is another good chapter to this story. I think Kelly will do well in the immediate future, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 25, 2020:

Yes, I have started to go into a little bit more detail in this part. I hope this part will be a helpful read for new college or university students. Yes, Grace has been of immense help for Keily. Hopefully, she will enjoy the orientation. Thank you for your insightful comments, John. Stay tuned until next week.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2020:

Rosina, you story is very detailed and I’m sure would be a helpful read for any student moving to a new college or University campus. Yes, Gave has been a great help for Keily. I am sure she will enjoy the orientation.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 25, 2020:

I find humor in your comments. Haha! Yes, Grace seems to be the perfect ambassador for Keily, helping her to settle in before her orientation. Thanks for enjoying this part. Stay tuned until next week, Fran.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on June 25, 2020:

Indeed, it appears that Grace is the perfect ambassador for Keily. Things are going well as she settles in getting ready for orientation. Keily is fortunate to have Grace as a friend.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 25, 2020:

Yes, Keily is lucky to have a friend like Grace who helps her get familiar with the campus and gives her company at the start so that she adjusts. Thank you for enjoying the story's depth, Lorna. Stay tuned until next week.

Lorna Lamon on June 25, 2020:

Grace is a good friend in helping Keily find her way around the campus. It is also great for Keily to have company especially in the first few days as she adjusts to a new life away from home. I am looking forward to the next chapter in her life. You have continued the story in great detail Rosina which gives it depth.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 24, 2020:

Thank you, Manatita, for being the first to comment. Yes, in this story, Grace rose to the task of settling in Keily. Glad you enjoyed the story. Stay tuned until next week.

manatita44 from london on June 24, 2020:

She seems to be settling in. It is always nice to have someone who is happy to take us on board and to look after us. Some guides in foreign countries can sometimes make our day. Here it would appear that Grace rose to the task. Lovely!

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