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Single Mom Shares Her Professor’s Response After She Misses Class, And Professor’s Response Wins The Internet
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Single Mom Shares Her Professor’s Response After She Misses Class, And Professor’s Response Wins The Internet

Raising a child while trying to put yourself through school can be a difficult juggle, especially when childcare plans fall through at the last minute. That’s exactly what happened to university student and single mom Morgan King, but when she explained herself to her professor, she never could have expected the response she received.

The 21-year-old, who studies Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee, is the proud mommy of a little lady named Korbyn, and works nights at a restaurant to support her when she’s not in school. When she had to miss an important class on June 14th, which included an assignment and a quiz, to look after baby Korbyn, she wrote an email to her professor in apology. The reply that popped up in her inbox the next day was so genuinely heartwarming, Morgan couldn’t resist sharing it on Twitter.

As it turned out, the rest of the world thought it was just as sweet. The professor in question, Dr. Sally B. Hunter, became an overnight Internet sensation, garnering over 26 thousand likes and almost 5 thousand shares for her sincere words, as well as appearing on publications all across social and professional media. Read her touching email below, and remember that even the smallest offer to help can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Morgan King, a single mom and university student, recently had to miss class to look after her baby daughter

Image credits: Morgan King

When she emailed her professor to explain herself, she received an incredible response, and shared it on Twitter

The heartwarming letter garnered thousands of likes and shares, and quickly spread across social media

The professor, Dr. Sally B. Hunter, is a parent herself, and understood Morgan’s struggle

She seems to be adjusting well to her newfound fame

As you would’ve guessed, the praise and support came rolling in for both Morgan and Professor Hunter

“We all need people around us, people supporting us. Nobody can do this journey by themselves,” Hunter told a local TV station

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Hans
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5 years ago

I migth be going to far here, but for me the real question is why such situations arise at all. If you look at Scandinavia, campuses come with childcare facilities, which have a priority for students with children, and are on top usually free (at least for those with a small pocket). Moreover, some countries offer tuition support that goes beyond the very basic needs, making it unneccesary for single parents who study to get part-time jobs that does not actually help them in their profession (such as being a waiter or waitress). Everyone says our modern nations must be family friendly, everyone moans that highly educated people stop having children, and everyone acknowledges that education is vital. Why do we not create the environment for meeting these goals, but rely on dedicated individuals such as this mother and her professor?

Leni
Community Member
5 years ago

Simply put, some countries and especially the US kind of function on a 'survival of the fittest' principle. Many of them are so convinced everyone can achieve the American dream with simple hard work that they don't see the need to create this supportive environment. In fact they see it as 'meddling' in people's personal lives. My husband (American) told me people even get fussed about restaurants adding salt and pepper beforehand because, and he quoted, 'they don't get to determine how much salt I put on my food'. Probably the communism scare coming from Russia during the cold war didn't help matters much.

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
5 years ago

Good news! I'm happy that some people know the meaning of Humanity and know how hard raising a kid alone can be. We also had permission to bring our children to class and the University :) In extreme situations like this of course :) It should be common!

Lena Sterling
Community Member
5 years ago

At my university it's totally normal that women bring their babies, maybe it's cause I study to become a teacher for elementary school ;)

Bag Of Donuts
Community Member
5 years ago

How cool. I will, too. Which subjects do u study and where?

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Hans
Community Member
5 years ago

I migth be going to far here, but for me the real question is why such situations arise at all. If you look at Scandinavia, campuses come with childcare facilities, which have a priority for students with children, and are on top usually free (at least for those with a small pocket). Moreover, some countries offer tuition support that goes beyond the very basic needs, making it unneccesary for single parents who study to get part-time jobs that does not actually help them in their profession (such as being a waiter or waitress). Everyone says our modern nations must be family friendly, everyone moans that highly educated people stop having children, and everyone acknowledges that education is vital. Why do we not create the environment for meeting these goals, but rely on dedicated individuals such as this mother and her professor?

Leni
Community Member
5 years ago

Simply put, some countries and especially the US kind of function on a 'survival of the fittest' principle. Many of them are so convinced everyone can achieve the American dream with simple hard work that they don't see the need to create this supportive environment. In fact they see it as 'meddling' in people's personal lives. My husband (American) told me people even get fussed about restaurants adding salt and pepper beforehand because, and he quoted, 'they don't get to determine how much salt I put on my food'. Probably the communism scare coming from Russia during the cold war didn't help matters much.

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
5 years ago

Good news! I'm happy that some people know the meaning of Humanity and know how hard raising a kid alone can be. We also had permission to bring our children to class and the University :) In extreme situations like this of course :) It should be common!

Lena Sterling
Community Member
5 years ago

At my university it's totally normal that women bring their babies, maybe it's cause I study to become a teacher for elementary school ;)

Bag Of Donuts
Community Member
5 years ago

How cool. I will, too. Which subjects do u study and where?

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