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|Arrival Day (standard:travel stories, 3227 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: May 28 2014||Views/Reads: 1081/844||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Trinidadians celebrate Arrival Day to celebrate the arrival of the first batch of farm labor from India on May 30, 1845 to work on British colony of Trinidad to work on sugarcane soils. Juggernaut celebrates his own arrival day in Trinidad on October 10,|
Arriving Day Juggernaut celebrates October 10 as arriving day, the day he arrived in Trinidad in 1973. It was a long journey started in his home town Pineappleville, a town known for pineapples on southern seaboard of India. On completing postgraduate degree, Juggernaut was all excited to take up his first job as teaching instructor at the same college he was a former undergrad. Teaching is a very fulfilling experience particularly if the students are enthusiastic. In the chemistry lab demonstrating analytical techniques to the students was inspiring. As a student Juggernaut was at the receiving end from the teachers, now he was grading the student's test papers. The first semester zip through very fast with the excitement of teaching a new lesson every week. At the middle of the second semester, some of the excitement started to wear off since he was repeating the same material to a new set of students. Sitting at the bottom of seniority among the teaching staff, juggernaut had a sinking feeling that he had to teach the same course for a long time to come. The only way out was to pursue a doctoral program or change course altogether into a different field. At the end he decided to pursue doctoral program in countries in South America or Africa. From National Geographic magazines, he read so much about exotic cultures in those countries; he thought that living in that culture while pursuing graduate studies would be exciting and rewarding. Juggernaut went to the library at the local university to gather addresses of universities in countries like Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Trinidad and countries in Africa for admission into graduate programs. Juggernaut received many responses for his inquiries abroad but was mostly disappointing. Some professors mentioned lack of funding and others mentioned language barrier. But then he received a letter; a letter of life time. It was from a professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. In the letter, the professor offered a position as a full-time instructor to conduct labs to undergrads in return the tuition fee was waived to pursue the doctoral program. The admission letter was conditional until the receipt of the recommendation letter from Juggernaut's professor in India. Juggernaut kissed the letter so many times but delicately not to wet the letter too much. Click here to read the rest of this story (537 more lines)
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