On the first week back to class West Virginia University professor, Laurel Cook, saw a student act in a way she’d never seen before.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen a student act with such grace and kindness,” said Cook.
Cook has been teaching at the university for nearly five years but this past week she witnessed a student act in a way that caught her by surprise.
As Cook was on her way to get food on campus she noticed a student walking with what looked to be a homeless couple.
“You know I could tell that they were not traditional WVU students of course, I noticed that they had arms full of bags of clothes and so I realized that this WVU student was interacting with people she probably didn’t know,” explained Cook.
Cook didn’t think much of the situation at hand until she overheard the couple ask the student an unusual question.
“I had my earbuds in and I was listening to music, but it wasn’t until the couple asked if they were even allowed inside the lair that I realized, ‘Wow you know something really different is is taking place’, so I paused my music, but tried to appear very, you know, non-evasive. I didn’t want to ruin the good moment,” she said.
After Cook paused her music she then proceeded to watch silently as the student bought the couple both Chick-Fil-A and Pizza with her own money.
“The gentleman wanted pizza and the the lady wanted Chick-Fil-A and I think an average meal is around, I don’t know maybe eight to ten dollars, so I guess the the charitable amount in it of itself is relatively small you know, but her act was much bigger than just that meal,” said Cook.
After Cook left the dinning hall she was so touched that she later tweeted about the story and unexpectedly caught the attention of thousands.
“A lot of people have said that they were inspired, a lot of people have been replying about, wow, you know WVU students are behaving in a really great ways and so I think there’s a renewed enthusiasm for the mountaineer spirit, which I love,” said Cook.
Cook gave the student her business card in hopes of being able to reward her for her selfless good deed that has now inspired thousands throughout the state.