As the massive Hurricane Irma approached the United States last week, residents in its path scrambled to make plans to evacuate.
But for one college student in Georgia, it was easier said than done. A political science major at Georgia Southern University, Jessica Lewis planned to travel home to Atlanta to escape the storm, but she struggled with the logistics of leaving campus on time.
She had an important class in the afternoon that she didn’t want to miss, but she also needed to leave early to beat the storm traffic. The only solution was to leave immediately after class, but there was one problem.
She had to bring her dog, Luna.
She obviously couldn’t leave the one-year-old lab behind, but having to return after class to pick her up would throw a huge wrench into her plans. She thought the only possible solution was to bring the dog to class, but she couldn’t do that…or could she?
Jessica doubted the dog would be allowed in class. But running out of options, she took a shot in the dark and emailed her professor, asking if she could bring Luna along to the lecture—promising she wouldn’t be too distracting:
To seal the deal, she included a few photos of the dog, “to help convince you with her cuteness.”
Jessica didn’t assume the plan would work—she figured her professor would say no, but it didn’t hurt to ask.
But then she received his reply:
It turns out, the professor was convinced of the dog’s cuteness, and he gave a hilarious and enthusiastic “yes.”
The lighthearted response stunned Jessica.
“I honestly did not think he would allow me to bring her,” she told The Tab.
“It was completely on a whim.”
Not only was the professor understanding of the situation, but he didn’t seem to mind at all having Luna in the classroom, who was on her best behavior.
And of course, the students were thrilled by the surprise.
“When students walked and saw Luna they were really excited about it,” Jessica told The Tab. “She walked around and got pets from everybody and had a great time.”
“She made a lot of friends.”
Jessica shared her experience on Facebook, writing “In case you were wondering how college was going for me…”
The photos have gone viral and were shared over 20,000 times. It’s easy to guess why this story is striking a chord with people. It’s a funny, human response by a professor, and in the wake of potentially devastating hurricanes, it’s always inspiring to see people understanding and helping each other.