“It opened up my eyes to terrorism. I didn’t know about groups
or organizations like al Qaeda,” said Alonso Garcia, a senior real
estate and finance major.
“It made me appreciate the people in my life more. It made me
realize that I need to show my love for them everyday. We never
know when our time will come. Also, it will always be a huge
reminder that the petty things don’t matter,” said Virginia
Ponsford, a senior Spanish major.
“Not much unfortunately, just the political ramification: the
war on terror and the Patriot Act. In my day-to-day life, nothing
really has changed,” said Brad Bisbee, a senior biology major.
“Well, we aren’t U.S. citizens, we’re from China. It definitely
affects us. After 9/11, the visa policy changed. It was harder to
get a visa. Many of our friends were delayed when they went home.
It did a ton of things to the world. People are more sensitive to
security,” said Xiaofan Cao, a doctorate student studying
“On 9/11, my dad was in Washington D.C. My family’s had a lot of
close calls with terrorist attacks. He was supposed to be speaking
to Congress that day. When the plane hit the Pentagon he was
evacuated. We couldn’t get a hold of him … My dad’s not a very
emotional person and I remember when I talked to him, his voice was
really shaky,” said Lauren Worth, a junior political science
“(9/11) didn’t personally affect me because I didn’t know anyone
that was involved, but it did make me realize that we as Americans
are not untouchable. I feel like it opened our eyes,” said Caroline
Keen, a sophomore biology major.
“As a foreigner waiting to get all my documents as soon as
possible, 9/11 affected the immigration laws which were tightened
and my documents were delayed. I knew there were people working in
those buildings. Once I realized that, I was shocked by the news
and mostly wondering why somebody would want to fly into a building
and kill all those innocent people. The future of our country is
badly affected economically, morally and psychologically,” said
Salem Abadi, a junior biomedical engineering major.
“When the two towers fell I didn’t know what to think. I
couldn’t believe that there was someone out there that was so bent
on hatred for the U.S. to come and sacrifice that many lives. It
opened my eyes to something that we hadn’t been introduced to and
that’s global terrorism,” said Blake Palazzari, a junior English
“It was dramatic because Jason Daul, the Pennsylvania plane
pilot, lived on my street and I knew his son for 10 years,” said
Stephanie Morrell, a freshman interior design major.
“More than anything it affected the freedom that I had before
that I had taken for granted… there was far less freedom with
regards to the Patriot Act. Even in airports there are things you
can and can’t do in the regard to visas and immigration… I would
also say that opposition to the government is more frowned upon
than it used to be because of the overwhelming sense of
patriotism… Initially it did (affect my personal freedom). It was
upsetting and it was sad. Then we kind of came to a choice – what
were we willing to sacrifice? Did we want to maintain our freedom
and potentially open ourselves up to terrorist attacks, or did we
want protection and to sacrifice our freedom?” said Carlen
Ostedgaard, a senior design and merchandising major
“It made me realize that I was mortal … anything can happen
during everyday events,” said Rachel Young, a sophomore equine
science and psychology major.
“I don’t have any family involved in New York or the war. It
didn’t affect me directly. But I know a lot of people in the Air
Force who could possibly go over there, so I am more cautious about
terrorism,” said Amanda Dyer, a sophomore political science
“Well, it has helped scare the crap out of me. I know we’ve
always been at risk, but the 9/11 attacks definitely clarified that
fact. Now we’ve got red and orange alerts, we’re invading countries
based off unilateral intelligence discoveries. Al Qaeda has said
they will attack us again. I’m just scared, and now I got to take
my shoes off at the airport for no reason,” said Luke Baker, a
sophomore chemistry major.
“(9/11) definitely made me feel less safe and less protected
here in the U.S. But, it also brought me a lot closer to my family
and friends,” said Jen Thomas, a graduate student studying
“I don’t think it affects my own life that much, but it
definitely affects the country because of how politics have
changed. Terrorism is definitely a lot bigger of an issue now,”
said Joshua Pickett, a junior technical journalism major.
“I think I’m more patriotic now- I think a lot of people are. It
makes you realize how lucky we are to be in this country and that
we can fight back,” said Katie Rickert, a sophomore equine science
“Not much except I have to take my shoes off at the airport,”
said Abra McGillivary, a freshman chemical engineering major.
“The truth is it didn’t really change at all. I felt bad for all
of the families who lost someone, but it didn’t directly affect me
so I just went on living my life,” said Mike Estes, a sophomore art
“It made me more aware of my surroundings and it put things into
perspective,” said Brady Grassmeyer, a freshman political science