For the final year students of the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic's Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) and Environmental Biology (EB) departments, it is a great feeling of gradually surviving the lecturers' axe and the rigorous academic drill.
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On Monday, March 1, the students (both male and female) --as part of their traditional Final Year Bureau (FYB)--converged at their department dressed in seemingly attractive multi-coloured skirts and trousers complimented by a white long sleeve shirt.
This apparently brought back the memories of secondary schools days, and of course the feeling of triumph and enthusiasm with a journey of over three years set to end for a new life to begin in a world awaiting them.
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Legit.ng speaks with some of the students on the idea behind their grand flawless FYB "uniform" and the feeling of moving closer to a future they have been preparing for.
One of the students, Aishat Adesewa, described the FYB feeling as "amazing." The elated student said she is still basking in the euphoria of what she described as "best moment ever."
"It feels amazing! I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, so it’s a ‘goal realisation’ moment," she told Legit.ng.
Missing some friends and familiar course mates after graduation
Speaking further, Aishat said although she and her friends are happy and eager to end their academic journey and face the next phase of life, she will definitely miss her coursemates and familiar faces at the department.
She, however, wished all of them a "good and happy life ahead." 20 kids do not play together for 20 years, says a popular Yoruba proverb.
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"Each time I think about this I feel sad because there are some we won’t be able to see each other again and there are some we’ll only be talking and chatting.
"But in all, I wish us all a good and happy life ahead."
Also speaking with Legit.ng, another student, Barakat Alabi, described the FYB moment as "fun" and a great feeling.
Creating memorable moments with YFB dress
When asked about the idea behind the FYB outfits, Barakat who also belongs to the same department as Aishat said the motivation is to "bring a lot of memories."
"It brings a lot of memories to us. And it was really fun to recite the national anthem. It has been long to recite such,'' she said.
The students will write their examination soon and face the realities of the world awaiting their presence.
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