I know this has been true for some students that I hold in a special place in my heart.
The boy who could have been a drop-out - that was the direction he was headed in. Currently he is being a success on so many levels in college. Or the girl who did drop out but got her GED and is also attending college.
The ones who eat at me are the ones who slip away, where I don't make a connection or a change. The student who was suspended from school the first day, the student who skipped class and ignored the state requirements so he didn't graduate. I wanted to help them also.