Dear Professor Conteh,
You were one of the first professors I ever interacted with when I started university at MSUM. I remember a freshman orientation meeting where every freshman from the department had to introduce themselves, and you were the only person in the room who could tell why I, a boy from India had a Portuguese last name (the Portuguese were the first colonizers of India- in 1498). You helped me pick classes my first semester at MSUM. And as luck would have it, you would teach me one too. And that’s where your awe-inspiring aura molded so many students.
Some of my fondest memories of university were coming to your office some evenings during fall semester of 2015 and discussing current affairs with you and debating about the lessons you taught me in international relations. Part of me just wanted to come to your office to fathom how you managed to fit so many books in there. Your iconic personality as you rode your bike across the campus mall every day permeated throughout MSUM and gave me an odd sense of school spirit and belonging in this completely new environment, and I’m confident I wasn’t the only one that felt it. I remember the day you asked me to wait after class and showed me your diplomatic passport, which filled me with tremendous pride to be under the tutelage and mentorship of a man of such exceptional background.
Today, I am a sophomore studying abroad at the University of Oslo, something which I again owe to your guidance and inspiration. And if there is one thing I think I’ll ever regret about my university experience- is that was never able to take more classes with Dr. Andrew Conteh.
I wish you happiness in wherever life takes you next Professor Conteh. I thank you for inspiring so many that walked through the halls of MSUM, including a clueless boy from India and I wish you all the best in getting all those books out of your office. I hope that someday our paths cross again.
Thanking you for all you’ve done,