Being a parent is a difficult task. Combine it with being a student and working a full-time job, and you’ve got quite the heavy load on your hands. The thing about being a parent is that most people who aren’t parents themselves don’t really understand everything that comes with being a parent.
From juggling different priorities to making all sorts of sacrifices, tons of things go into parenting that most people who aren’t parents can’t really grasp. That’s why when someone goes out of their way to help a parent, it can make all the difference.
That’s what happened to Morgan King, a 21-year-old mother, and student who was forced to miss one of her college classes to take care of her child.
She emailed her professor to explain her circumstances, and her professor’s amazing response has since gone viral—and for a good reason.
Morgan King attends the University of Tennessee. When she emailed her professor explaining her absence, her professor not only excused the absence but also encouraged Morgan to bring her baby to class if the situation ever came up again.
Morgan tweeted her professor’s response, and the tweet immediately went viral.
Morgan’s professor is Sally Hunter, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University.
When she responded to Morgan’s email, Morgan couldn’t believe what she was reading.
“I am so sorry to hear that childcare issue are what caused you to miss class today,” the email response from Morgan’s professor read.
“In the future, if you are having trouble finding some to watch Korbyn, please feel free to just BRING HER with you to class.”
“I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes.”
“I work for the Department of CHILD and FAMILY Studies — so how terrible would it be, if I was unwilling to have a child visit our class? I’m very serious with this offer — just bring Korbyn with you!”
Morgan was so surprised by the response that she posted it on Twitter with a caption that read: “Told my professor I missed class yesterday bc I couldn’t find childcare & this was her response. I’m literally crying. So blessed/thankful.”
The tweet has now been shared almost 5,000 times, and the number is growing every day.
Morgan explained that usually the baby’s grandparents take care of Korbyn, but were unable to do so that morning, meaning that she had to stay home and miss her human development class.
The tweet has received hundreds of comments, thousands of retweets and countless praises of support, recognition, and appreciation for Morgan’s professor.
The university’s very own chancellor, Beverly Davenport, even commented on the tweet praising Professor Hunter: “Morgan, thanks for showing us challenges college students face. Prof Hunter, thanks for being part of the solution.”
“It gives me chills just talking about it. She really wants me to succeed in her class. That just really spoke majorly to me,” Morgan told NBC affiliate WBIR.
Morgan updated her post a few days later, explaining that her professor emailed her about the viral Tweet.
“Seems to me that inviting Korbyn to class was just the decent thing to do,” her professor wrote in the email. And it totally was! It’s professors like these that make the learning experience an easier and better one for students around the world—especially those who are parents as well as students.