Today a parent sent me a SMS to thank me for helping her son.
It is pretty rare that a parent will still thank the tutor in a tertiary institution, I thought this would normally happen in govt schools.
Basically this student of mine has been absent from lessons and refused to reply to my calls. I had to do a house visit to find out what happened. His mentor has suggested to expel him from school but upon hearing his story from his parents that he has mild depression, especially after he broke up with his girlfriend, I wrote in to explain the situation to the higher authorities.
Luckily he is allowed to continue with the module and he proved the other lecturers wrong by showing that he could catch up with his work and passed the module.
Remember to all teachers / tutors out there, we are not just academic adviser but also our student’s emotional support.