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Keily, the Bookworm Part-8

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 started attending A-level classes in her old school and so did Emma, her best friend.

Keily tried to be regular in class, answering the teachers' questions, which the others couldn't. She participated in all the quizzes and exams at school. She tried to perform as best as she could in her lessons.

A-level classes were going to last for two years until the start of May 1994 while the A-Level exams under the University of London would commence at the end of the same month. That didn’t give Keily much time and space to prepare adequately with the school going on and the real exams approaching. She had to rise to the challenge and lost much of her health.

She was preparing to appear in three courses in the A-levels under the University of London. It was very, very hard and yet, Keily carried on with no complaint.

The exams were soon knocking all over Keily. This time Dad couldn’t take her to the exam center as he was away on business in another city.

So Mom helped Keily by accompanying her in rickshaws. While her exams were going on, the streets were not crowded unlike the present day, and traffic jams were sparse. Yet, she still set out with her Mom for the center three hours before the exam time. This time she had Physics and Chemistry lab exams too. Altogether, it was maddening.

Keily’s first lab exam was in an established and renowned English medium school in affiliation with the British Council exam center. Her exams started with the lab exams themselves. She had overcome theoretical O-level exams but A-level lab exams were a completely new experience. Keily dreaded them.

On the other hand, her own school, despite her Dad's rebukes and angry remarks, did not prepare its A-level candidates well for lab exams. Keily decided to give herself the best shot like before and leave everything else in God’s hands.

With that attitude and mentality, she began her lab exam with 24 other candidates, some of whom were her classmates. But Emma was in a different session.

Keily had practiced titration experiments in Chemistry lab back at school many times. She carefully fixed the burette now and handled the acid and alkali for perfect neutralization to occur. But her hands were shaking horribly from being nervous. Nevertheless, she noted down the figures and wrote a report in the answer booklet, and after a while, the time was up, and all answer scripts were collected.

The Physics A-level lab exam did not go well for Keily either. The machines did not work well and behaved clumsy, and she knew at heart that her lab exams were going lousy.

However, when it was time for the theoretical exams, she felt she did much better. Getting A’s in the courses would be tough, but still, she tried her level best, and when the results came in a month later, she was happy to get 3 B’s in the theoretical courses and D’s in the labs.

With this result, she could get admitted anywhere abroad and of course, at home. Keily’s Dad didn’t want her to go abroad yet. He thought she could go for higher studies abroad while she studied for an undergraduate program in the city at home itself at present. Dad had a heart-to-heart talk with Keily.

Dad said, “I hear from Mom that you are very much interested in going to the US for undergraduate studies in engineering. Is that correct?”

Keily replied, “Yes, I think I am a grownup now, and I could go abroad for undergraduate studies. My classmates are all applying and getting positive responses with funding and scholarships.”

Dad said, "Look, Keily, it seems like a dream now to study abroad. But the hard reality is that life would be very difficult abroad, and life could throw curveballs at you."

He continued, "Come visit my university where I am working as a Vice-Chancellor. It is thoroughly a spick and span campus. There is a good cafeteria for students, a large library as well as air-conditioned classrooms and labs and of course, a good bunch of qualified teachers. You will also like your new classmates who will be mostly from the city, and you can choose among them to be your friends. Does that convince you?”

Keily thought for a few seconds. She replied, “Ok, Dad, I would like to experience attending classes at your university in the engineering program for the first three months. If I like it, I will stay. If I don’t, I will start applying for abroad, about which I am more inclined. Do I have a deal?”

Dad responded, “Certainly, for sure, Keily.”

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Keily, the Bookworm Part-7

Part-7 shows that Keily gets her O-level results about which she is not happy, her Dad helping her to decide to study A-levels instead of the English version of Bengali medium HSC, and finally, Keily feeling happy about Dad’s choice.

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Rosina S Khan (author) on May 23, 2020:

She will go abroad even later than that as the next part(s) show. Thank you, Brenda, for visiting and commenting.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 23, 2020:

Keily has an interesting choice to make ahead.

She won't wish to upset her Dad, but I think she will eventually want to study abroad.

Maybe after the first year.

Nice write.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 14, 2020:

Thank you, Lora, for your generous and constructive comments. The new part, Part-9 is up. I will be looking forward to finding out how you like it. Stay safe and well, my friend.

Lora Hollings on May 14, 2020:

A very good story so far, Rosina. I like the tenacity of Keily who sets her goals high and works very hard to achieve them! This story is a good lesson in perseverance and not letting a few failures determine your destiny but instead be encouraged by your successes. It will be interesting to see if Keily likes her dad's university. I will be looking forward to reading the next chapter!

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

I am very happy, Pamela that you are enjoying the story. Stay tuned until next week to find out what is next. Stay safe and well, my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 09, 2020:

She is a smart girl and I think she will go abroad. I guess we will find out in the next chapter or two. I am enjooying the story, Rosina.

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

I am glad you continue to find the story interesting. Yes, it's based somewhat on the real life experience of a girl. Stay tuned until next week.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 09, 2020:

Nice continuation of the story of Keily, and you keep the interest intact. It’s a relatable story, of any girl, may be near us. And this makes it special.

So far, so good. Keep up the good work.

Thanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 08, 2020:

Yes, this story is about Keily's struggles and overcoming those struggles. I am happy that you found feel-good vibes in her story. Thank you for your generous and insightful comments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 08, 2020:

Options are good and the future is bright for this young lady. So far this is a feel good story of human struggle and overcoming that struggle. Very nice!

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 07, 2020:

Oh! I am familiar with the word. Thanks for helping me to recall it.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 07, 2020:


Rosina S Khan (author) on May 07, 2020:

I am most inspired by your comments and they also made me smile. Thank you for your generous and exciting feedback. All I can say now is stay tuned until next week although I can say this much- I have it all planned, Fran.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 07, 2020:

I am curious, Liz. What would you call someone who studies a lot in the UK?

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 07, 2020:

Yes, Keily understands her parents' anxiety in sending her abroad to study and so is clever to work out a deal with her Dad about studying in his university for the first three months and finding out whether she likes it or not. Yes, Peggy, please stay tuned until next week.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on May 07, 2020:

Wow, again, nice story. I feel Kelly will go abroad but at least she's giving her dad's university a short try. I think her lab tests intimidated her but she's a survivor and did OK. After Kelly finishes all her schooling I wonder what you plan on writing about? It will be interesting to see your direction.

Good to see the maturity exploding.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 07, 2020:

In the UK, bookworm implies that someone reads a lot, but doesn't necessarily study. Hence the misunderstanding.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 07, 2020:

I am glad that Keily did well enough in her exams to have many options going forward. I can understand why her parents would like her to stay closer to home for a while longer, but also understand her wanting to explore more of the world. I'll be looking forward to what comes next in this story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 07, 2020:

Yes,Keily is being tracked through her studies- afterall, that's what the title of the story implies. LOL! Yes, her father is being more co-operative with her as she matures. Stay tuned until next week.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 07, 2020:

It's interesting to track Keily through her studies. It's good that her father has become less combative towards her.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 07, 2020:

John, everyone in this entire world has a story to tell and I am no different. Keily's story is based on my life experiences but it is not an exact carbon copy. I have exaggerated in many areas while in some places I have played it down. So I think you get the idea. LOL! I am glad you like this part as well. Stay tuned until next week.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 07, 2020:

I have a feeling Keily will end up going abroad to study also. Is this story somewhat based on your own experiences Rosina? It gives that impression. Nice work once again.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 07, 2020:

I am very happy you enjoyed this part as well. Yes, Keily is maturing and her relationship with her Dad is also improving. Yes, A-levels are tedious and can be nerve-wrecking. Thank you for your generous and insightful comments. Stay tuned for the next part until next week.

Lorna Lamon on May 07, 2020:

I always look forward to these chapters in Keily's life. In reading this chapter I was reminded of my own A level exams and how nerve wrecking they can be. Keily did very well and the relationship with her Dad is improving as she matures. I feel she will go abroad to study and I think the experience would be good for her, although difficult for her parents. Another enjoyable read Rosina as we watch Keily mature. Loved it.

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