Today I found out that one of my favorite students is transferring.
This saddens me a great deal. This student is really talented, extremely smart, and very creative. Her final project for my class was beautifully designed, very polished, just all-around excellent. She was the one who answered the hardest questions in class, who always was ready with the key insights, who just loved the whole learning process and loved feeling challenged (and meeting those challenges). She's one of our up-and-coming superstars. And she's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
When you have students like that, it's hard not to get attached. I wish she wouldn't leave, but I wish her all the best. She'll still be a superstar......it'll just be somewhere else.