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Keily, the Bookworm Part-16

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

At 6.45 pm there was a gentle knock on Keily’s door. She was engrossed in unpacking but was delighted to hear it. She opened the door hurriedly and was very happy to meet Grace.

Keily let her in. Then she said, “Grace, you are not going back without having dinner with me. I have cooked a good meal, and I would like to share eating it with you."

"Okay, okay I would like to taste your homemade recipe”, Grace said with a gracious smile.

"I would like to warm it up a bit on the stove, and then, it will be ready”, said Keily.

Having done so, Keily got disposable plates and spoons and both tasted the recipe. Grace said, “Wow! I love the way you cooked rice with chicken and spices. It sure is very scrumptious. Thank you, Keily."

Keily said happily, “Thank God! You like it, and that makes me happy.”

Grace said, “I am sure you are good at cooking.”

Keily smiled and nodded.

Grace said, “Have you called up the number I gave you for dial-up internet?”

Keily said, “No. I need a land phone first to get in touch with my family back home. And for the internet, I would need to buy a computer set."

Grace, “Okay, I will call the number after I reach my apartment to have a land phone set up in your apartment tomorrow in the late afternoon. We can help you buy a computer and have an internet connection set up later.”

“You are so sweet”, Keily said gratefully.

After a little more chitchat between the two friends, Grace decided to leave, and then, Keily resumed folding her clothes in stacks in the closet chamber.

She was ready to explore the campus on her own. She hoped with all her heart that the orientation on the next day would turn out fine.

She cleared away the wastes in the kitchen. Then she took a shower and wore comfortable clothes, ready to fall asleep and wake up early in the morning to catch the orientation

The alarm at 7:00 a.m woke up Keily. She was still sleepy but got out of bed anyway. After getting refreshed and dressed up, Keily took her important documents with her and was on her way to the shuttle stop.

The shuttle stopped to take her, and then Keily got on it. She got down near the premises where her orientation would take place. It was 8:05 am, and yet, new students and guides were gathering up slowly.

Soon the place filled up. Guides and professors took turns to speak in front of the new students and familiarized them with rules and regulations.

There was a little paperwork to be done. And Keily completed it with the help of guides. Everybody initially had breakfast in plastic containers. After three hours of orientation, they were catered coffee and cookies. Then the students were asked to head to the University Health Services for having blood tests for TB screening and measles.

The guides and students followed there. The guides left. And the students queued up for blood tests. They were asked to contact the next day for test results. Next, the guides had already mentioned to the students to register for classes with the help of department advisors. Keily was going to do a Masters continuing to a Ph.D. in Computer Science. There was less rush of students in this area, and Keily heaved a sigh of relief.

She talked with the senior advisor, and he helped her to register for classes. Being a graduate student and to retain the scholarship she earned, she had to take the full load of 9 credit hours. Keily was smugly happy.

As she came out of the complex, she headed for the Student Services Building to get her student ID card. They took her photo and provided her with the student ID card within minutes after examining her passport and visa.

She was heading for her apartment when Lucy called her from a distance.

Lucy approached nearer and asked, “Where are you going?”

Keily replied, “I am going to my apartment. Just done with my orientation and chores.”

Lucy asked, “Did you see the academic advisor?”

Keily replied, "Yes, indeed. He helped me register for courses.”

“Well, your university billings account should show how much is due. Come with me to the lab and let me help you”, said Lucy.

Keily followed Lucy to the lab. She then opened the university home page on a computer and said to Keily, “Check your email, Keily and login to the university billings account.”

Keily got what Lucy meant. After checking her yahoo email account, she noted down the username and temporary password for her UT-Austin student bilings account.

Inserting them in the login area of the UT-Austin student billings page, she got inside, and Lucy started to set up her account, but then Keily realized she didn't have her bank card yet. So Lucy said kindly, “Okay, there isn’t much time for you to pay as the deadline is late afternoon today. Let me pay with my bank card details.” And good Lucy paid for the due amount in Keily’s account.

Well, Keily had two scholarships one from the graduate office and another from the department so that the due amount which Lucy paid was only $150.

Keily was surprised and equally happy. Lucy accompanied Keily to her apartment in the shuttle. Soon Keily gave her the cash she owed her.

Keily asked Lucy about the land phone set up which Grace had arranged for the evening before. “Do you want me to remind them?” asked Lucy.

“Yes, please”, said Keily.

So Lucy went outside to a nearby telephone booth and dialled the required number and they confirmed that they would arrive in 10 minutes.

Lucy remained in Keily’s apartment and both were in anticipation of the arrival of the techie guys.

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After having breakfast together, Grace shows Keily shuttle rides and around the campus. She helps her to open a savings bank account, where Keily puts some cash. Next, they go for grocery shopping. Grace then leaves, and Keily starts cooking for sharing a dinner with her in the evening. To read more, click the above title.

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

Yes, Keily has an excellent academic feat record which helps her to earn two scholarships. I guess so yes, Keily is good role model for adolescents and young adults. Thank you, Lora, for your generous and insightful comments.

Lora Hollings on July 09, 2020:

Keily must be a very bright girl to get two scholarships! She also worked very hard to achieve her academic success as well. Without working hard, no goal is achievable and that’s what we all need to realize. Your story is an excellent one to read especially for adolescents and young adults as Keily is such a good role model. I will be looking forward to reading Part-17.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 06, 2020:

Yes, let's hope she can work out her studies as well skillfully and diligently. Thank you, Chitrangada for your insightful comments. Stay tuned to read more.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 06, 2020:

Thanks for sharing another chapter in Keily’s story. Everything seems to be working well for her. Hope this continues with her studies, and her life.

Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 02, 2020:

Brenda, Lucy pays Keily's dues online only because she is in the knowledge that Keily can pay her that amount in cash. But both Lucy and Grace have been great friends so far helping her to settle down.

Yes, you are right a landline and computer will let Keily stay in touch with family and friends.

Let's hope Keily likes her studies. She has come a long way for her higher education. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Stay tuned until next week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 02, 2020:


She seems to be blessed with nice friends...not many will go ahead and pay money for you.

Sounds like she will be all set up before long.

Once she has her landline and gets a computer she can stay in touch with family and friends.

Can't wait to see how she likes her studies.

Nice write.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 02, 2020:

Fran, you are getting impatient. She will stay in school for five whole years because she opted for a Masters continuing to a Ph.D. in Computer Science. She will have lots of experiences, which will take her to new heights. I just wouldn't like to spill out more at this stage. Stay tuned until next week.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 02, 2020:

Keily has had both Grace and Lucy so far to help her along on her way to settle down in the new environment. Yes, this is an exciting time for Keily, and she should make good use of her time, gradually immersing into studies and excelling in them. Stay tuned until next week. Thank you for your meaningful comments.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on July 02, 2020:

Things seem to be going very well for Keily. What's next in store? Great way to keep progressing Keily but what happens after school is finished?

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 02, 2020:

Yes, Peggy, everything is falling together for Keily with the help of her good friends, Grace and Lucy. She is lucky to have support all along until she finally settles down.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 02, 2020:

Kelly seems to be coping well in her new environment. I think she will do very well at this college and it is an exciting time for her. It is great that Lucy is helping her so much. I look forward to the next chapter, Rosina.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2020:

Everything seems to be falling in place beautifully for Keily. She is so fortunate to have her friend Lucy there to help guide her.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 02, 2020:

Manatita, I am impressed by your great comment. Yes, I agree that when we give in to the divine, the universe conspires to help us. Something similar has happened to Keily regarding her university studies and other forces conspiring to help her. Thank you for your most elevated feedback.

manatita44 from london on July 02, 2020:

It would appear that you are in good company. Your orientation and domestic stuff seems to be going well, with some friendly help, of course.

Your goal here is University studies and other forces are conspiring to help you. I cannot resist saying that the spiritual life is just like that. Once we give ourselves to the Divine, the whole universe helps us. Om Shanti!

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 02, 2020:

Thank you, Bill. I am glad Keily's story at this point brings back your similar fond memories. I too get to remember those good old days and therefore, the birth of Keily's story, although it is not an exact carbon copy of mine.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 02, 2020:

I remember those days quite well, the excitement of it all, meeting new friends. beginning a new adventure. Your story at this point makes me long for those days once again.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 02, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna, for your insightful and kind comments. Yes, it is quite daunting in a new place in a new country. Eventually, Keily is finding her way around the campus, and she is lucky to have good friends help her. Yes, stay tuned until next week.

Lorna Lamon on July 02, 2020:

This was like a walk down memory lane for me and it can be quite daunting. However, even though Keily is still finding her way around she is also becoming more confident as everything starts to fall into place. She also has the added bonus of having good friends who are willing to help her. Looking forward to the next chapter in her life.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 02, 2020:

Yes, John, a lot has to be done to finally settle down in a university for higher education abroad. With help, it can be done more smoothly. And Keily is lucky to have that. Thanks for your generous comments.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 02, 2020:

So much to be done to enrol and set yourself up at a new University and country. Keily is so fortunate to have help. You tell this tale in incredible detail, Rosina. Well done.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 01, 2020:

Thank you, Liz, for being the first to comment. Yes, that is true of new students moving to new countries and arriving at a university for higher education. Both Lucy and Grace have been very helpful so far and proved to be real friends.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 01, 2020:

This reminds me of how much there is to set up when a student arrives at university to start a new course. Even more so when it involves moving countries too. Lucy is a good friend. She seems very helpful.

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