Writing 101, Day 5: Let social media inspire you

One of the goals for writing 101 is is to tap into new and unexpected places for post ideas.Today let’s look to Twitter for inspiration.Below you’ll see five tweets : each tweet is interesting in its own way, and we hope one will elicit a response from you.My pick is #5.

You study, study, study, and at the end, you are lucky enough to discover the greatest gift of education: that you know nothing at all.

I agree but  not everything I studied made me feel I know nothing at all. I remember, one fine morning I decided to teach in a school. I needed a degree in education to qualify for a teaching position.

I and a classmate of mine took a train to Mymensingh, Bangladesh, where there is a teacher’s training college.

Standing in front of the door of the college was the Principal herself. Looking at us curiously she inquired what brought us to her doorstep.

We were at a loss for words, we didn’t even think how we’d react to her questions. While I stood silent my classmate blurted out, oh we’ve come for admission at the Bed. faculty in your college.

She was furious, she said , “Do you know registration for the faculty is closed, where were you all this time?”

This time I spoke, we were preparing for our Master’s degree exam, we completed the written part yesterday and are waiting for viva which is next week.

Her attitude suddenly changed, knowing that we were not fooling around but finishing our exam, seemed a light went on, in her head. She called the Vice principal and instructed her to register us. Everything was happening so quickly it seemed to me I didn’t really make up my mind to study here. How will I tell her I need time to think.

We went back to Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh where we were students of Dhaka University.

I was unhappy, I did not want to study in that college. It was a dark dingy place, there were lights but they seemed very dim. It was like a ghost building, besides I’ll have to ask my brothers to pay for my tuition one more year. What will be their reaction, these thoughts scared me. Did I have a choice, at that moment I didn’t.

I sincerely asked God to help me out. I went to the common room to check the newspapers, I loved reading the classified section, you can call it my hobby. Believe me when I tell you, I saw an ad to apply for scholarships to study a whole bunch of subjects and to my delight, B.ed. was one of them. I tore the piece of paper and thought perhaps destiny is smiling, I applied and won the scholarship.

My joy knew no bounds, I told myself ,’Ranu you won’t have to ask your brothers for money.’

I flew from Dhaka to Lahore(Pakistan). I was received by the superintendent of the residence where I was to spend the year.

My classmates  were exceptionally nice to me. Every day I was excited about the courses, History of education, Psychology, English,Math etc.at the end of the year I passed the course and came back to my home town  Comilla ,Bangladesh. I was happy I had qualified to get a job.

Wait a minute,’I said to myself what did I learn in one year, did they teach me how to handle,the ten, twelve or five year old students I’d face  ? No was the answer. How will I deal with it?’

One thing is encouraging, your mind automatically takes over, you take those baby steps and voila after a few cuts and bruises you are injury free.

Yes I had a piece of paper that assured the interviewers, I was a teacher,  I knew what the  piece of paper said but in my heart I knew I know nothing at all about teaching kids, even though I had a certificate to prove I was a teacher!

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DP Daily Prompts: Happy Happy Joy Joy

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We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear…. and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy.

Pain I felt for the last few days, I never knew what can top it, I suppose happiness can.

Happiness is a commodity if I can call it that everyone strives to achieve, how many are successful I have no idea, I only see glum faces around me.

Sometimes I think why is it so difficult to be happy, maybe those words that I learned is true: “Man can be happy to some extent but cannot attain perfect happiness.”

When was the last time I can say I was happy Happy?

I received a letter from my prof. that I have passed the, “Master’s degree exam.”

I was away from home studying B.Ed. I was very very happy but sadly I was far away from home and could not tell my Mom and siblings immediately. I wrote a letter which they got after a month. I could send a telegram which they could receive sooner, but the receipt of a telegram frightens those who receive it so it was not really a good idea.

This morning I was more than happy to get mail from my brother!

Happy New Year Everyone(2015)! 🙂


365 Writing Prompts:Cheering section

Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him or her? Are you mentor to someone else? Tell us what that relationship has added to your life.

I do not have a mentor, I really didn’t have one when I was in school. I always felt I was able to take care of everything myself, it worked out all right for me.

I was a mentor to someone at one time, she and her husband had jobs for a while, then lost the jobs because job situation was getting worse at that time.

She asked me once what could she do to get a job, I knew she had a masters degree in Mathematics, I advised her to register for an education degree, she agreed and did as I told her. Her friends discouraged her, they informed her, they didn’t think she’d get a job in any school even if she had an education degree.

They were wrong she was hired in a private school when she completed her degree  and was happy, she used to tell me about her job. I encouraged her not to give up because the salary was low.

I have no contact with her now, I am glad she listened and was doing well. She always thanked me for encouraging her.

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Five sentence fiction: Marriage

Lillie McFerrin Writes



Samina was waiting anxiously to get the results of her final master’s degree exam, she made up her mind to join the teaching profession at the same time she knew she had to get a degree in education.

She registered in the education degree program, she was successful, the next thing was to get a job, while she was busy looking for one,her mother was planning to get her a good husband, Samina reminded her mother she wanted to work for sometime, she really thought her mother’s choice may not be good for her.

Mother and daughter argued daily about this particular topic, Samina made up her mind to move to a different city for work.

Luckily she found a job she liked, also there was provision for housing, things were working well she was happy, the teaching environment was beginning to bother her,the headmaster gave her extra duties which took up most of her time, besides teaching she had to supervise the kids for breakfast, lunch and dinner, she practically had no time for herself, she quit her job and thought maybe she should take her mother’s advise to settle down.

Her mother was elated, without wasting any time she selected the right husband for her daughter, the preparation for the big day took two weeks, on the third week Samina fulfilled her mother’s desire, as far as I know the bride and the groom are happy and contented!!

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