• # The Enigmatic Admissions Puzzle

Once upon a time, there was a renowned university called Shanti Devi University in Mumbai. Known for its prestigious courses and illustrious faculty, the university attracted students from all corners of the country. Every year, the admissions season brought forth a wave of excitement, anticipation, and nervousness among aspiring students.

One such student was Riya, a bright and ambitious girl who dreamt of studying computer science at Shanti Devi University. With her heart set on securing a place in the esteemed institution, Riya meticulously prepared for the entrance exams. She spent countless hours studying algorithms, programming languages, and problem-solving techniques, determined to crack the tough admission process.

As the admissions announcement day approached, Riya's anxiety grew stronger. She couldn't sleep the night before, eagerly awaiting the dawn that would reveal her fate. At the crack of dawn, she rushed to her computer, frantically typing in the university's website address. The page loaded slowly, heightening her suspense.

Finally, the page displayed a message: "Congratulations! You have been selected for the Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science program. Please report to the university campus for further instructions." Riya couldn't contain her joy. She jumped up and down, ecstatic that her dreams were finally coming true.

The next day, Riya arrived at Shanti Devi University, her eyes filled with awe at the sprawling campus. She followed the directions to the Computer Science department, clutching her admission letter tightly. When she entered the department, she noticed a peculiar sight—a large, mysterious door adorned with intricate engravings.

Curiosity got the better of Riya, and she couldn't resist exploring. She gingerly pushed open the door and found herself in a room filled with books, puzzles, and cryptic symbols. Confused yet intrigued, she started examining the room's contents.

Amidst the puzzles, Riya discovered a note. It read, "Welcome to the secret realm of knowledge. To truly secure your place in the Computer Science program, you must solve the puzzle hidden within. The answer lies within your heart and the lessons you've learned. Best of luck!"

Riya's excitement turned into determination. She delved into the riddles, using her logical thinking and problem-solving skills. Hours turned into days, but Riya remained resolute. With every solved puzzle, she grew more confident in her abilities.

Finally, after weeks of relentless effort, Riya solved the final puzzle. A hidden compartment opened, revealing a golden key. Beside it lay a letter that read, "Congratulations, you have proven your dedication and passion for computer science. Your journey starts here. We eagerly await your arrival."

With the golden key clutched tightly in her hand, Riya returned to the entrance of the department. To her surprise, the enigmatic door had vanished, replaced by a sign that read, "Congratulations, Class of 2023."

Filled with a sense of accomplishment, Riya walked through the main entrance of the Computer Science department, ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. She realized that the admissions puzzle wasn't just a test of her knowledge but a testament to her determination, resilience, and love for her chosen field.

As Riya embarked on her educational journey at Shanti Devi University, she always cherished the memory of the hidden puzzle, a unique rite of passage that set her apart from her peers. It became a symbol of her unwavering commitment and the surprising twists that awaited her in the pursuit of knowledge.

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• A good story by the author. As a reader, even after completely reading the story, my suspense about the puzzle Riya solved to get the key for entering into the department still remains a mystery. No problem since the important point is that Riya could get her admission into the department without losing an academic year.
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always confident

• It is good to be ambitious but even after that hard work is required to achieve the goals. This story has brought out this very nicely.
Knowledge is power.

• This story has been nicely documented how Ria ultimately achieved her final goal. Though she faced many ifs and buts in her journey but ultimately nothing could prevent her from attaining her chosen goal. The author has described the events so lucidly that the readers would read the content hurriedly to know the fate of this brave girl. It has been crafted nicely.