Emotional moment final year student kneels down for boy who sells "pure water" to sign on his shirt goes viral
If there are things currently warming souls and bringing out emotions from the inner part of the hearts, perhaps one of them will be the viral picture of a young hawker signing on the shirt of an overjoyed final year student.
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In the heartwarming picture shared by a Twitter user Osas_BigEngine, the hawker who appears to be selling sachet water on the street was captured with a marker while having his signature on the shirts of the student.
What makes the moment overwhelmingly emotional iwas when the student knelt down for the student to sign on him.
Social media users have since been saying the moment may be life-changing for the "pure water seller" who may be motivated to get an education despite assumed difficulties.
Sigh-off/ Sign-out tradition
It has become a tradition in Nigerian higher institutions that students who are just a few steps to finally leaving school celebrate what is commonly known as "Sign-Off/Out" day.
The day, which is part of the Final Year Bureau (FYB) week, will see finalists unanimously wear a white shirt which colleagues and well-wishers and bystanders can sign on.
The cloth will then be kept somewhere as part of school memories.
Tony Leigh wrote:
"This picture touches my soul. Sentiments apart, I see humility on the part of the graduant, hope on the part of the water boy, then above all, the least expected person to do a sign off. I terribly love this."
A social media user, Mykelex also wrote:
"This is a very touchy moment. You can feel the friendship between these two. You can see someone who struggled to achieve his dream and someone who is hoping to achieve that same dream someday. Appreciate everyone around you. That young man will achieve this dream and more."
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In a related development, Legit.ng reported that 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.
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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