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Keily, the Bookworm Part-9

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

While Emma shifted to the more rural areas in the outskirts of the city, attending a university there, Keily decided to attend classes at Dad’s university according to her deal with him.

She hadn’t imagined much about this place before, having her real focus on going abroad. But when she explored the campus on the orientation day, she fell in love with the place.

She loved the greeneries all decorated around neatly. She appreciated the large spacious sitting grounds, the wide elevators, the enormous resourceful library and the list goes on.

She wondered what her classmates would be like. She loved the campus, but if the guys and girls in her class didn't match up to her expectation, she decided she would quit studying at this place. She was early to the campus with her Dad. He had a few important leftover tasks to do. So he set forth for his university before the new students came in and asked Keily to come along with him.

As time passed on, students started coming first singly and then in flocks. She wondered which of these would be her classmates. Soon the management group of the university also arrived, and they started giving directions to all students. Keily thought she might as well take directions.

Keily was asked to go to the fifth floor, taking the elevator and turn left to the first classroom where she would find her classmates.

As she reached the fifth floor and turned left, she found her desired classroom. She went inside to find a few classmates seated there. She said hi and tried her best to strike up a conversation with them. Soon others joined, and it looked as if a party was going on.

The teachers along with the chairman of the department came in asking them to be quiet and calm down. Keily supposed they had important things to say. How right she was!

The chairman and other senior teachers by turns briefly spoke of the rules and regulations of the university, about the library, course curriculum, syllabus, tuition fees, examination rules and procedures and what not!

After that, the students were delivered a flower stick along with a snack box and an envelope carrying important documents relevant to the department. Then they were free to move around the campus and explore.

Keily had a dashing experience. When she was on her way back with her Dad, she poured in the details of her experience. Then she confessed, “Although I like the campus and my classmates, I would still like to stick to our original deal about examining the university for the first three months. Are you okay with it, Dad?” “Sure!” came Dad’s reply.

Dad was happy with what Keily already said about the campus and her classmates. He was sure she would click in with the university. And yes, he was head-on right.

More than three months passed away, but Keily never had complaints about the university or her class. She was busy keeping up with the class studies and assignments. At times she took help from her Dad as well for short intervals at home. She was a grownup now, and she didn’t need much help, unlike her childhood years.

She started becoming more friendly with her class, helping them with academic lessons and assignments. And soon, the boys and girls of her class started admiring her a lot. She was so cool and humble about assisting them. Being a Vice-Chancellor’s daughter, she could have been arrogant and snobbish. Instead, they found her smart, ready with a helping hand.

As a semester went by, it was time for 1st-year exams. Keily, by now, having the experiences of too many important examinations took them seriously but felt less intimidated than before. She got used to the rules and one by one, the exams rolled away.

When it was time for results, they were published course-wise on the notice board. Keily’s name was always on the top, earning the highest mark and grade. Classmates simply appreciated her, and soon they too started putting efforts into their studies and worked hard to do well in class. And the competition in her class soared.

As for the first semester, Keily did become first in class, earning all the highest grades. Within the next two years, each of her classmates joined her in the competition to do well. So it wasn't always possible for her to be first in the upcoming semesters but overall, she was at the top of her class.

Keily enjoyed two years of complete bliss. She made friends and group partners in labs. They also went shopping and sightseeing in the city together. Keily thanked her Dad in her prayers secretly for helping to give her such a wonderful life.

But after two whole years, tragedy struck her home. Her father had an initial heart attack and many more in the upcoming months. He had been in and out of hospitals until he succumbed to his illness and was gone from the face of this earth.

Keily was the one who was the most hurt, and she cried a lot secretly in her bedroom. Her sister, Natalie wasn’t so much affected. Her mom cried, but Keily was the one who felt the utmost pain compared to the others in her family.

As a tribute to her Dad, she completed graduation from his university. There was another responsible Vice-Chancellor now in his place.

Keily had a convocation with gown and cap and she was conferred her BSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering along with her classmates. Her Dad wasn’t there to watch her graduate, but her classmates filled the space, encouraging and complimenting her to be first in class and to grab the gold medal for her excellent academic feat.

Soon everyone was talking about joining jobs. Keily wondered where to apply as she was not very knowledgeable in this respect. One of her classmates, however, came forward and said, “Keily, you don’t have much to worry about. The university has a surprise for you. I have been hinted from the higher authorities in the university.”

Keily produced one of her sweetest smiles, acknowledging his remark and said, “That's cool.” But inside she wondered out of great curiosity what it exactly was.

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Keily, the Bookworm Part-8

Part-8 shows Keily taking preparations for the A-levels with time pressure, herself obtaining satisfying results, Keily eager to go abroad for undergraduate studies but her Dad giving her the option to study at his university.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan

Comments

manatita44 from london on May 27, 2020:

I was also looking at the spirit of what you say with a keen eye. My mom is gone too, but her loving spirit of self-giving and sacrifice is still with me. In the same way, we can make choices consciously or unconsciously, based on how we grew up. Next time I'll give you an example from your work. Lol.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 27, 2020:

Yes and no. Yes, Keily is getting along with her studies and on her way to graduate and finally hunt jobs but her Dad passed away owing to a heart attack. So she has both ups and downs in her life. Thank you for visiting and commenting, Manatita.

manatita44 from london on May 26, 2020:

Lovely. Rolling smoothly along. Great relationship with her parents, I'd say and a desire to make them proud too. Nice work.

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

Yes, Keily made the right choice about pursuing her studies at her Dad's university so that she could spend more time with him and get to know him better.

If the university offers a job to Keily, it's not only because her Dad worked there but also because of her excellent academic feat.

Thank you, Brenda for the visit and thoughtful comments.

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

Wow! I never expected her Dad to pass away.

It is great that Kiley chose to be their for her studies so she could spend this time with him and know how proud he really was of her.

I think the university will offer her a job at the school since her dad had worked there.

Nice write.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 19, 2020:

I am glad Keily's story brought you back fond memories of your father accompanying you to college. Keily's Dad was not there to watch her graduate but Almighty God might compensate that for her in some other way. Let's hope for the best for Keily.

Thank you for reading and your insightful comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 19, 2020:

Beautiful continuation of Keily’s story.

You took me back in time, when I had stepped into my college, and my father had accompanied me. I still remember, the mixed feelings I had, and how my father was by my side.

It’s good to read that Keily successfully completes her graduation, but it’s really sad, that her father wasn’t there, at her big moment. The children always want to celebrate such big moments with their parents.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful part. Good wishes for future.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 17, 2020:

Thank you, Lora, for your encouraging and constructive comments. Yes, we can take solace in the fact that Keily made her Dad happy by doing so well in the university while he was still alive. I am pleased that you enjoyed the story. Stay tuned until next week. Enjoy your day.

Lora Hollings on May 17, 2020:

I'm happy to hear that Keily liked her dad's University so much and did so well there! Although, it is very sad that he didn't get to see her graduate, I think that she still made him very happy by doing so well there while he was alive. Another interesting chapter in the life of Keily and how her perseverance has really served her well! Very good story, Rosina. Thank you.

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

Yes, in this part, Keily's Dad passes away, which is rather sad. I am happy you liked every part of the series so far. That's a blessing for me, Pamela. Thank you so much. Stay tuned until next week.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 14, 2020:

This was another good chapter of this book but very sad for Kell that her father died. I have enjoyed reading each chapter in this book.

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

I am glad you like the article, Donna. I wonder if you have read the previous episodes of the series as well. Thank you so much for your generous comments. I really appreciate them. Enjoy your day too.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, In on May 14, 2020:

Rosina, I enjoyed your article and I can't wait to read more chapters as you write them. Keep up the great job you're doing!

Have a blessed day,

Donna Rayne

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

Yes, it is rather sad Keily's Dad couldn't be there to watch her graduate. I am glad you voted. Yes, stay tuned until the next part and then you will know if you have voted right. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2020:

It is sad that Keily's dad was not there to see her graduate. He would have been so proud. I voted yes, that she will be pleased with the offer from the university. Of course, time will tell as this story goes on to the next chapter.

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

I am happy to know Keily's story mirrors your life in many aspects. Yes, Dads would have been proud of the moments of graduation of their children from their universities. Maybe you have been able to predict Keily's story before also. That's well and good. Stay tuned until next week.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 14, 2020:

This story mirrors my life in many aspects. My dad died and did not see me graduate from college. He would have been extremely proud of that moment. Well done!

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

Yes, it is saddening that Keily's Dad had to pass away like that. Keily's pain knew no bounds. That is why she completed her graduation from his university. The rest will be narrated in the next parts. Stay tuned for the next part.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 14, 2020:

That was a shock to find out that her father had died. It's very sad. I hope that she is pleased with the offer from the university.

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

Thank you, Fran, for enjoying this article. It is good to see how Keily's Dad showed her a way, and she seemed to be following it. Yes, her Dad would have been definitely proud of her to make good decisions all the time. Stay tuned until next week.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on May 14, 2020:

Great article! It shows all of us how a single incident in life leads us to a direction to follow. I think her dad would be proud of her knowing she always seemed to make the right decisions.

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

Thank you, Lorna, for your generous and insightful comments. Yes, Dad's untimely death was rather painful for Keily. That she would like Dad's university instead of going abroad is remarkable. But Keily is stubborn and determined and will make her dreams come true. I am happy you enjoyed this story. Stay tuned until next week.

Lorna Lamon on May 14, 2020:

I am glad that Keily's personality and her ability to help others shone through in this chapter. I was sad to hear about her Dad as I felt with Keily now grown up their relationship was much closer. I think the University will offer her a placement, however, I would love to see her spread her wings and move abroad. Another great read Rosina in the life of Keily.

Rosina S Khan (author) on May 13, 2020:

I am happy, John you found this part enjoyable as well. Yes, it's a shame Dad was not there to see Keily graduate but the game of life is sometimes so crude that we have to accept it that way. About the university giving her a job, yes, stay tuned until the next part.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 13, 2020:

Another enjoyable chapter Rosina. I am glad Keily loved it at her Dad's University and did so well, it is a shame he wasn't there to see her graduate though. I think the University will offer her a job. Let's see in the next chapter.