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Keily, the Bookworm Part-18

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Pic: Keily

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Keily and Grace sat in the living room of the former’s apartment and continued their pleasant chitchat together.

Then Keily suddenly remembered and said, "Grace, I owe you girls some money for bearing the costs of the initial necessities for my apartment before I arrived here." And she produced to Grace the list containing the items she owed the girls.

Grace said, "Oh yes! I completely forgot about that. Thanks for reminding me. Yes, Jasmine, Sara, Lucy and I all contributed to buying them evenly. You can give me $200, and I will split it among us four."

Keily said, “That is nice to hear. I have $50 cash notes available. I will pay you four $50 cash notes. Then you can distribute them among yourselves.”

Grace said happily, "Thank you. It didn't cost us much in person. Each of us deserves $50 as you can see."

Keily said, “I am happy to pay it back all to you, the good girls.”

Grace stayed in for a few more minutes. And then she left before darkness prevailed everywhere.

Keily started to cook a meal for dinner. But she couldn’t shake off an uneasy feeling regarding starting classes the next day. She wondered why she felt that way.

Anyways, she had her meal and completed several indoor chores. Finally, she had a shower and was so exhausted that she dropped flat on the airbed.

The next morning by 8:00 a.m she was awake. She felt rejuvenated after a good night's sleep.

Riding on the shuttle, she reached the Computer Science complex and found the relevant classroom.

Her class for the day was Algorithms. She concentrated on the class lectures given by a professor and took down notes although unfortunately, she didn't get the most of it.

After the class was over, Keily was feeling lost. She wanted to make friends with some classmates. But they just came in, attended the class and left.

Keily thought of visiting the library and borrowing one or two Algorithm books. She planned to purchase the Algorithm textbook soon.

After she covered a few errands, she went to the apartment. Having lunch and taking a little rest, she wanted to reveal the mystery behind Algorithms. Keily started to read one of the borrowed books on Algorithms. After reading a chapter, she got bored and stopped reading. She skimmed through the other book and closed it as well. She lay down on the bed and closed her eyes.

She didn’t realize how long she slept but she had deep sleep and woke up fresh, full of vigor. Then she remembered she had started to read Algorithm books.

She went to the lab and searched the textbook on Amazon in the hopes of finding used books in good condition. She was in luck and put down a request for one.

She came back to her apartment and mulled over her class schedule one more time. Yes, the advisor had suggested Compiler Design and Computer Architecture classes. She wondered how they would turn out. Maybe her teacher for Algorithms back in her home country wasn’t so good after all. Why did she find Algorithms so intimidating? She had to try again and again.

After it was late afternoon, she called Grace to share the day’s events. Grace was kind and patient to listen to her day’s story. Grace said, “It’s hard to make friends at first. Every class has a different set of students although you may see two or three of them in more than one course that you are taking. After you show up in every course, some might approach you for friendship or you might approach them because then they would be willing to talk.”

Keily said, “Yes, I understand how it is here. Anyways, thank you, Grace, for supporting me. I will call you again later tomorrow.”

Grace said, “Okay sure. By the way, Lucy said that the strong guys that we know are not free in the coming weekend. But they will be during the next weekend. Sorry about the delay.”

Keily said, “That’s okay, I understand.”

Keily had Algorithms class the next day as well. She tried her best to follow the class but in vain. All were new concepts to her, and she was worried sick thinking why she hadn’t been taught the basics well back at the university in her country. It had become a challenge for her to perform well in the class. Her textbook would be coming in the mail. So she was looking forward to reading it.

After an hour she had Computer Architecture class. Keily sighed in relief. Yes, this was a course she had excelled in her country. So it shouldn’t pose any threats. She tried to follow the class and yes, she was able to comprehend. Next, she wondered how Compiler Design class would turn out because she hadn’t attended such a course or related courses before, or so she thought.

There was another hour gap after Computer Architecture. She roamed about the campus. She had her favorite chocolate cone ice cream. She bought a few small afternoon snacks and loaded them into her backpack.

Soon it was time for Compiler Design class. She loved the female professor and the way she described the content of the course going from the basics to more complex topics. Keily decided this was not a menacing course either.

So she had to put a lot of focus on Algorithms. She felt she needed to form a study group as the course had concepts she didn’t understand by herself.

From this day on, every time she wanted to hold an Algorithm book, she fell asleep. Anyone could imagine how boring she found the course and that it was not her cup of tea.

And that was not all the pressure because every course had course projects to work in a programming language like Java or C++. Keily loved to code in C++. The algorithm projects were okay for her as she could easily code them in C or C++. She found the projects in other courses equally interesting.

Keily was soon facing midterm exams. She had formed a study group for Algorithms but she couldn’t make it effective nor could she extract valuable, comprehensible lessons from them as the students only liked to joke around, and they were already good in the course and just played around with each other.

Being utterly nervous, nevertheless, she answered the Algorithm midterm exam to the best of her ability. The other two exams were okay.

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Rosina S Khan (author) on September 05, 2020:

Brenda, nice to see you after a while. Yes, some courses are harder than others. Yes, Keily had wanted higher education and so she had better persevered and find ways to do well in the course. Stay tuned until the next part. Thank you for your kind comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 05, 2020:

Some subjects are harder than others.

The same goes for forming friendships along the way.

I am certain she will prevail in both areas as she has wanted these studies for a very long time.

Look forward to seeing the outcome.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 20, 2020:

Keily had better stay determined. She had come a long way for higher education. If she perseveres, yes, she will make it.

Thank you for enjoying this part, Chitrangada. Stay tuned.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 20, 2020:

Thanks for sharing another chapter of your interesting series, about Keily’s life.

Yes, it happens—some subjects may be difficult to comprehend. But, going by the determination of Keily, I believe she would be able to handle this. Nothing is impossible.

Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 18, 2020:

Yes, Keily is no superhuman but like us. Yes, the course Algorithms will present a challenge for her. Thanks for enjoying this part. Stay tuned.

Lora Hollings on July 18, 2020:

It's nice to see that Keily isn't perfect as you opened up in this segment of the story. She's human like all of us. In fact, reading about her in algorithms, reminded me of some of the math classes that I had to take in college like statistics. It was difficult for me to stay awake in that class! I think that this class will definitely present a challenge for Keily. Good going on this chapter. Will be looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 16, 2020:

Yes, Manatita, she still has her old friends and she is facing some minor challenge probably due to differences in culture and learning. Yes, best of luck to Keily. Thank you for your kind and generous comments.

manatita44 from london on July 16, 2020:

Some minor challenges and differences in culture and learning. Yet friends remain constant and so all is good. Generally we all have to settle in to new environments and different ways of doing things. So, good luck, Keily. Best wishes.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 16, 2020:

Yes, we will definitely learn the results in the next part. She did learn a lot but whether she was fully equipped to take the exam is doubtful. Let's see what happens. Stay tuned.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2020:

That would have presented quite a challenge for Keily to take that algorithm exam if she had not yet understood the basics. Perhaps she had learned more than she thought. I guess we will learn the results in the next chapter.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 16, 2020:

Let's hope for the best, Manuela. Things weren't much in her favor. She found difficulty in the course herself and of course, the study group didn't help her. It's okay if she doesn't do well in the midterm exam; she can cover it up in the final exam.

Manuela from Portugal on July 16, 2020:

Maybe she did well in the Algorithm exam despite the conditions (behave of other students) wasn't the ideal ones.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 16, 2020:

Yes, Bill, we all learn valuable lessons from adversities. Hopefully, Keily will learn hers and rise to the challenge. Thank you for your valuable comments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 16, 2020:

There's nothing wrong with adversity. We all learn valuable lessons when we have to struggle a bit from time to time. I have no doubt Kelly will rise to the challenge.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 16, 2020:

Whatever the reason, Keily will have to rise up to the challenge and do well within her capacity. Thanks for finding it to be a good story. Perhaps if she puts effort into the course, she will succeed. Thank you for your generous comments, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 16, 2020:

t sounds like Kelly's classmates are not as serious about thier stdies as Kelly is and it is specifically the algortms. I think she will ultimately be successfy in all her clases. This is a good story, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 16, 2020:

Yes, Fran, maybe it's good to find out once in a while that things will not always go so well. The more challenges she has, the better she will grow. Thank you for your insightful comments. You seem to be confident she will work it out- perhaps she will.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on July 16, 2020:

Well, I agree, it seems she has hit a roadblock with some subject matter. I'm confident she will work it out. And, maybe it's a good thing to find something's don't always go so well and will force her to find a solution.

She has grit, so she'll handle it.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 16, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna, for enjoying this part of Keily's story. Yes, she might try a one on one approach as the study group is not helping. She will have to give her all into course work and later her thesis. She had better do well as she has come a long way to accomplish her dreams. I appreciate your insightful comments.

Lorna Lamon on July 16, 2020:

Perhaps Keily might benefit from a one on one approach as the study group for algorithms doesn't appear to be helping. So far she has been quite successful with her friendships and course work.

The first few months can be challenging, however these things take time and hopefully she will pass her exams. I enjoyed this glimpse into Keily's onging journey at college.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 16, 2020:

Hopefully Keily will overcome her ongoing obstacle but she really needs to give it some full-fledged effort otherwise things may go astray. Thank you, John for reading and commenting. Really appreciate it.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2020:

Nice work on this chapter, Rosina. Keily maybe struggling with algorithms but it is the first real obstacle she has faced, so I am sure she will conquer it eventually. Everything else has gone to plan, oh except the strong males not being available for another week.

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