Sep 122004

“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


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