“I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach.”
One of a college students’ constant struggles is balancing school with basically everything else in life – work, volunteering, having a social life. Now imagine doing all this while being a parent. Seems impossible, doesn’t it? It is a fact that the majority need to take into account childcare arrangements and always be available in case of emergencies.
Morgan King is 21 year old student and a single mom. She is majoring in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her parents help her out and look after her 3 month old daughter Korbyn while Morgan is at school.
However, a little while ago Morgan’s parents were unable to look after her baby and she couldn’t find a babysitter so she had to miss her human development class.
When she emailed the professor notifying the reason for her absence, Doctor Sally B. Hunter kindly responded and made King tear up.
Told my professor I missed class yesterday bc I couldn’t find childcare & this was her response. I’m literally crying. So blessed/thankful😩😭 pic.twitter.com/3QaThJRXdo
— Morgan King (@morgantking) June 16, 2017
Doctor Hunter notified Morgan via email that if this kind of situation were to arise again, she should not hesitate and should bring her baby along 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,” Hunter elaborated in the email.
Morgan posted the email on Twitter due to the fact that the kind gesture touched her heart. The tweet soon went viral receiving over 26,000 likes and more than 5,000 retweets.
King posted a follow-up email she received from her professor a few days later, which stated that Doctor Hunter was overwhelmed by the reaction to the tweet and thought that “inviting Korbyn to class seemed like the decent thing to do”.
— Morgan King (@morgantking) June 19, 2017
The Twitter community united in encouraging all schools to obtain similar policies as over a quarter of American undergraduates have dependent kids.
It is true that some grants and scholarships are available to single parents but they fail to address issues like childcare. This can be a major obstacle for students/parents who are attempting to finish college. It would mean a great deal for the student/parents if schools would follow Doctor Hunter’s example of kindness and understanding.