When Zoe's son left home and went to university his behaviour changed - he became uncommunicative and dropped out after his first year. Here Zoe talks about what happened and the conversation she wishes she'd had with him.
He was a very carefree, happy-go-lucky child, easy-going, a little bit mischievous, but nothing out of the ordinary.
I wouldn't have said he was particularly academic but bright enough to carry things off. So he did well enough in his GCSEs, went on to do A-levels, and did well enough to get into university - admittedly through clearing - but he did get into university.
We took him up for Freshers' Week. He seemed to immediately get in with a nice group of friends. They all bought their tickets for the Freshers' Week entertainments and we left him in a hall of residence looking perfectly happy.
The first weekend he was away we did get in touch with him and he seemed quite chirpy. After that it was more or less total silence.
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