Professor Wamagatta

I have been really missing Biola the past few days, probably because my graduation anniversary is almost here and it just feels like I should be back there this time of year.

My favorite Biola professor was undoubtedly Professor Wamagatta from the History Department. Even though I didn’t major or minor in History, I somehow managed to take 6 classes from him over the course of 4 years, and 4 classes from him my final year. I loved him that much! He moved to the US from Kenya as an adult, and became a Christian later in life, so I liked the different point of view he had on a lot of issues. He is incredibly smart though humble.

He is also so, so funny. He had a tradition of clapping for every student after they finished their end-of-the-year presentation. The clap went something like this:

Clap. Clap. Clap.

“Good job!”

Clap. Clap. Clap.

“Congratulations!”

Clap. Clap. Clap.

“We enjoyed your presentation!”

Clap. Clap. Clap.

“God bless you!”

The funny part was that, the first time in every class he would say, “Let’s give so-and-so a round of applause,” and everyone would start clapping normally. Then Professor Wamagatta would silence everyone with his hands, and start his own special clap. SO AWESOME! I also made a running list of Professor Wamagatta quotes from last year, because he said something funny multiple times every class period. I need to find those…

More than anything, he really, really cared for his students. He prayed for us before every class period I ever had with him. He was the professor I felt most comfortable visiting during his office hours. He was quick to offer grace if I couldn’t finish a paper on time. He always asked me how my girls were doing when he found out I was an RA and how the job was treating me.

If you are still a Biola student and reading this, please do 2 things: 1) go give Professor Wamagatta a hug for me and 2) take one of his classes!

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. amcblog says:

    Also, Emily, consider sending Professor Wamagatta a very grateful e-mail – or mail him a gift from Ireland!

    1. Emily says:

      I actually sent him an e-mail right after I wrote this post 🙂

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