The Contravened Rule

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

James had always been a bright young lad. He achieved excellent grades in his intermediate level. Since medicine was his passion, and the career he knew he was going to pursue, he studied it for a doctor’s degree. However, his plans to study PHD in physics came to a halt when his father suffered heart attack.

James had always been a bright young lad. He achieved excellent grades in his intermediate level. Since medicine was his passion, and the career he knew he was going to pursue, he studied it for a doctor’s degree. However, his plans to study PHD in physics came to a halt when his father suffered heart attack and he had to run the family business cafe but he was an academic at heart.

Besides, he wanted the degree at the same zeal that an athlete runs after a gold medal. So, he enrolled at a Medical University and decided to opt for PHD by dissertation. The rules of the university were that all the dissertations had to be written by themselves through their research work. James knew that it meant sitting in libraries for hours, and sifting through books. With a large business to run and a family to take care of he did not have time for this. He had the will but the way had to be found.

James had never cheated in his examinations in his entire life. He tried to burn the midnight oil and study but as soon as he opened his books, he would fall asleep. It wasn’t working. The submission date was near and he wasn’t achieving his target. What could he do? Withdraw from the university? No that would be too humiliating. What would he tell his family and friends?

Then an idea struck him like a thunderbolt. He knew what to do. He opened the internet and started searching for the research works. He started to copy whatever he could find. The day of interview came. He was called in.

“Take a seat please,” the interviewer said. His name was Dr. Charles. James sat down. He knew that now something terrible was going to happen.

“I am very delighted that you applied for this university,” he said.

“Thank you,” replied James. The interview began. Different questions about medicine were asked and none of them went right. Minute by minute passed and James knew that he surely wouldn’t get this opportunity to become a doctor.

“So do you know how many questions you have answered correctly?” asked Dr. Charles.

“None of them,” whispered James to himself and looked down.

Dr. Charles said, “I just want to tell you something. The thesis you wrote is the same one I wrote about two years ago when I received my degree.” James lifted his head up astonishingly.

“You may leave now. The door is right behind you,” replied the interviewer. James knew that now he wouldn’t be getting any job, as he walked past through the door.

Maryam Shahid

8-C


Submitted: May 07, 2021

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