I have almost all of the juniors and seniors in our school in my classes. So, I have my students 2 years in a row. By the time they graduate, I have strong student/teacher connections with many of them. We do a dinner out before their graduation day, I cry when they graduate ... one of those sappy type of things. It's not uncommon for former students to come visit me at school, or sit next to me for a bit at school ball games, etc. I exchange email with a handful of them from time to time. A few of them were at my wedding reception (we had a private wedding, just a reception for family and friends). Anyway, one of my former students (she easily falls into the categories described above) recently informed me that she is really struggling with the college transition, she is dealing with some crappy stuff in her life, etc. While I know she has support of her family and her friends, I felt like she was reaching out to me. So, we made plans to have dinner one evening. My husband thinks this is strange. Is it? I saw the student's mom (after I had this conversation) and I told her that I had spoken with her daughter and we were going to try to get together soon. Her mom seemed pleased with the idea. Is a dinner out with a former student weird?