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‘Real Housewives’ Kid Albie Manzo Faces Law School Trouble, But Seeks A Date

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Carole, Chris and Albie ManzoLast night on Real Housewives of New Jersey, Caroline Manzo faced a very real family crisis as her older son Albie revealed that he was failing law school and had been asked not to come back.

“For those that are parents out there, I'm sure you knew exactly what I meant when I said how badly you feel when your child hurts,” Caroline blogged on the Real Housewives website today, adding that she “can’t disclose too much of the story” because “it plays out over the next few episodes.”

What that means we can only guess. Does Albie return to school and “fight,” as Caroline advises him, or does he move on to another law school more sympathetic to his learning disorders? What struck me during the episode was that learning disabilities shouldn't stop anyone from doing anything, and if he's smart, capable and determined to be a lawyer, I'm sure he can find a school somewhere that will accept him with open arms. Either way, Albie's story (as told by Caroline on her blog) is heartwarming. He never gave up:

“He’s always struggled academically, but he persevered and overcame many obstacles with the help of his Special Education teachers and support at home,” Caroline wrote. “The one thing Albie never did was give up. As a high school senior he was told not to apply to Fordham University as an undergrad. His counselor didn't think Albie had what it took to get in, and even if he did get in, he'd never make it. I was at that meeting with Albie; I thanked the counselor and we excused ourselves from her office. When we got in the car I looked at Albie and told him to never let anyone tell him he can’t do anything. If you have the heart and desire to work it will happen. Albie applied to Fordham University. …Although his grades were average, after meeting Albie and reviewing his records, he was accepted. Albie graduated with a BA in business from Fordham University in May of 2008.”

I have a feeling Albie will be back in law school — or moving on to another big dream — soon. But in the meantime, he won't be lacking for dates. The Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger, another Bravo personality and reportedly an “old friend” of Caroline's, is on the lookout for nice young Italian women for Albie and his brother, Chris. How do we get in the running for that?

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