This professor went above and beyond to ensure his student could attend the lecture and make the most of it.
Ashton Robinson is a student at Texas A&M University as well as a mother to baby Emmett. On Sept. 7, she made a Facebook post praising one of her professors for his commitment to ensuring she made it to class.
As a single mom, Robinson sometimes struggles to juggle school and her son, especially when things come up and she can’t find a babysitter. When Robinson emailed her professor, Dr. Henry Musoma, to inform him of why she wouldn’t be able to attend class, he told her to just bring Emmett along.
Not only did Dr. Musoma invite tiny Emmett into his classroom, he held him during the lecture so Robinson could take notes!
Robinson explained on Facebook:
“So today I emailed my Professor before class saying that something came up and I didn’t have a sitter for Emmett and he called me back and said to please bring him!”
In words that any parent can relate to, Robinson continued:
“Being a single mom is so challenging but it’s people like Dr. Henry Musoma that make life just a tiny bit easier!”
Robinson told her followers that actions like this make her very proud to attend Texas A&M University:
“THIS is why I’m so proud to be an Aggie! Definitely something I’ll never forget and can’t wait to someday tell Emmett that it’s because of people like this that mommy was able to graduate from the best university in the world.”
She even included a short video of Emmett sitting contentedly in Dr. Musoma’s arms during the lecture.
Robinson’s original post has since been shared over 12,500 times with reposts from other Facebook pages getting even more shares and likes.
In addition to people being inspired by this helpful professor, others on Facebook have shared similar stories in the comments of Robinson’s post.
The comment section on the Love What Matters post about Robinson’s professor is filled with these inspirational stories of helpful professors across the country.
Loni Horner shared:
“I was a junior in college and had my son Devonte. There were a few times that I didn’t have daycare for him and the professor of my major told me the same thing. Bring him with you. It was amazing and actually he would get passed around the room so everyone got a chance to meet him.”
Others, like Talia Smith, shared stories where no one expected their professor to be so helpful, but everyone was shocked. She explained that during graduate school “the teacher wasn’t the most friendly,” so other students were concerned when a fellow student brought her little girl to class one night. She continued:
“My professor must have sensed the shift in the atmosphere or something because she stopped and said ‘No no no bring that child up here. This is an institution of learning. We’re going to give you two for the price of one here.’”
There is also a comment from someone Dr. Musoma went to school with, Melinda Newman:
“I went to college with Henry! This story doesn’t surprise me one bit – he was always such a kind and compassionate guy.”
It is safe to say that Dr. Musoma is the kind of professor everyone wishes they could have.
Instead of letting a student miss a lecture or even having her struggle to take notes while watching her kid in class, he welcomed Emmett with open arms and plenty of smiles.
Who knows? Maybe Emmett’s early exposure to college life will encourage him to attend Texas A&M himself in the future. Robinson is already dressing him up in school gear from jerseys to hats, so he has the wardrobe covered already.
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