Where they were: 9/11

Sep 122004

“I was at home getting ready for class. I turned on the

television to check the weather and my mind was blown away by what

I had just seen,” said Tomas Habtemicael, a senior economics


“I was getting ready for class, and as I was flipping though the

channels I saw the first plane hit us. When I got to school, a

buddy of mine told me, ‘Iraq attacked us,’ and that’s when I heard

that the second plane hit. I was a little worried because my dad

was traveling internationally at the time and I didn’t know where

the planes had come from,” said Jacob Mazzone, a freshman

mechanical engineer major.

“I heard it on the radio and thought it must have been a sci-fi

thing. It couldn’t be real,” said Erika Bergstrom, a sophomore

recreational tourism major.

“We were sitting in class, and they told us to be careful

wearing our uniforms around because we could be viewed as a target.

There’s just more heightened alert,” said Jon Cummins, a freshman

engineering science major.

“I was home getting ready to go to my class. I was still in high

school at the time. My mom woke me up and told me. I saw the second

(plane) hit on TV and I remember it crashing and all the people

running around. I remember, and I don’t take the Lord’s name in

vain, the reporter saying ‘oh my God,'” said Holli Milenski, a

junior speech communication major.

“My roommate rushed into the room and woke me up and turned on

the TV. I think America will be faced with more turmoil in the

future because we have yet to secure out nation,” said Leslie

Dobson, a senior psychology major.

“I was sleeping when it happened. My boyfriend called and said a

plane had hit some building. I turned on the TV to see what

happened. I was home by myself. I remember feeling scared,” said

Emily Wiseman, a senior natural resource and recreational tourism


“I was eating breakfast in my kitchen and my dad and brother

showed me when the first tower was hit and I just couldn’t believe

it. Then the second tower was hit, and in that instant I knew that

something was very wrong,” said Jonathan Sanford, a freshman

psychology major.

“I was in high school in my current events class, and someone

came in the room talking about a plane crash, and we all thought it

was just an accident. I ended up staying in that class all day

listening to the radio. (In the rest of the school) it was like

everything just came to a stop,” said Amy Englert, a junior biology


“I was in Biology class when I found out. I had to call my mom

and she told me that the planes had just crashed. It was sad

because I have relatives in New York and I didn’t know where they

were. It was a feeling of shock and I didn’t know if they were OK,”

said Chantal Conroy, a freshman open option major.

“I was in a van on my way to a golf tournament in Keystone,”

said Nick Dunham, a freshman finance major.

“I was actually in a school – it was high school. It was scary

because we all got locked in our school and they wouldn’t tell us

about it until we were all together in a class. It happened to be

my history class, almost an hour after it happened … They turned

on the TV and stuff and we saw what was happening. It doesn’t

really hit you until you see it, rather than just hear it, how bad

it really is,” said Lauryn Betty, a sophomore art education


“In my dorm room – my roommate’s mom called freaking out, so we

turned on the TV and I watched the second plane crash into the

building,” said Emily Koller, a senior biology major.


“I was at school that day, which resumed pretty much as normal.

We didn’t have a radio, but everybody was talking about it,” said

Pat Kemmesat, a freshman civil engineering major.


“I remember I was walking into school at the time and my friend

Kyle came up to me and told me the towers had been hit by planes

and that it was probably terrorists. Then, I went into my

psychology class and my teacher came in and had not found out yet.

When we told her she started crying. The TVs were on all day at

school with news footage and a lot of people were crying,” said

Katie Edling, a junior art history major.

“I was in the middle of a field in North Dakota doing work with

an archaeological crew. We heard it on the radio, and I freaked out

because my dad was flying that day,” said Jen Mitchell, a graduate

student studying English.

“I had just woken up and my brother came in and told me, and I

remember my mom saying ‘I’m sure that didn’t happen,” said Michele

Bratschun, a freshman open-option major.

“I was a sophomore (in high school) and everything in class had

stopped. We were watching TV and everyone was astonished,” said

Sara Elger, a freshman psychology major.

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