“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
“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.