Ghost Students: Here, Then Gone

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A few years ago, as my first semester teaching on the college level was coming to an end, I was wandering around the campus bookstore and spotted two young women thumbing through magazines. One of them looked familiar, but I couldn't place her. When she glanced back to where I stood, maybe 20 feet away, I knew: She was, in the loosest sense, one of my composition students; her name remained on my roster, but that was about all I knew of her. She had stopped showing up four weeks into the