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The Return of Aran

Aran is back home for the moment. MCTI decided he needed to take some "catch-up" classes his first term there, you see, while they also tested him to see what kind of program he might be best suited for.  I told them Aran didn't need catch-up classes.  "Well, we gave him some diagnostic tests," said his enrollment person, "and the tests said--"

"That he doesn't take tests very well," I finished for her.  "He graduated high school with a 3.26 GPA, and his last two years, he got very little in the way of accommodation.  You should know by now that autists don't test well."

Nevertheless, they put him in their Step-Up program.  I rolled my eyes and let it go.  One term wouldn't make a difference and it would give Aran a term to get used to MCTI.

But then Aran called me on Tuesday.  He had completed the Step-Up stuff very quickly (no, really?), and the program he was going to enroll in doesn't start until the winter term, which begins the first week of February.  "So I need to come home now."

"When is now?" I asked.

"By Friday," he said.

So I had to drop everything and run out to get him.

This isn't a small task.  MCTI is nearly three hours away, one way.  Not only that, we would have to move everything out of Aran's dorm room to bring home.

In the end, I had to take the day off work.  I didn't want to, but it just wasn't feasible to teach all day, then drive a total of six hours, plus load and haul time.

And lo, it was done.  Aran is home, and will be until February.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 28th, 2015 05:11 am (UTC)
Geez, what a hassle! That must be disappointing for Aran. Shame they couldn't be more accommodating.
Sep. 28th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC)
raise holy hell and get a refund for this semester.
Sep. 28th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear.
Sep. 28th, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
Kudos to Aran for showing them what he's made of, but shame on the school. He loses out on an entire semester of adjustment to college life and socialization - not to mention the sheer fun of living on campus.

Best of luck to him on his enforced sabbatical.
Sep. 28th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
Because Aran is autistic, MCTI is free for him--tuition, room, board, everything, so we're not out any money. I'm more annoyed than upset. (If MCTI had listened to me, Aran could have been in a program now instead of waiting.) But in the end, four months is no big deal out of Aran's life. He qualifies for a couple of job programs near here, and we've already signed him up, so he should have a job within a week or two. It does suck that he loses the continuity, though.
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