Several months ago I posted about a high school senior named Rob who was planning to attend the college where I work. I'd just helped him select the classes he'd be taking in the fall, and I'd picked up on cues that indicated that he was probably on (or near) the autism spectrum. Our brief encounter made me eager to work with him again when he arrived in the fall, and left me feeling buoyantly hopeful about what the future might hold for Bud.
I just found out that Rob will not be attending college here after all.
It's unclear to me whether the decision was Rob's (because he's decided to attend college somewhere else) or the college's (because his grades from his final semester of high school were not strong enough), but I fear it was the latter.
I barely know this young man. I spent a brief 30 minutes with him.
But I'm absolutely crushed.