On this day, 10 years ago, when the first plane struck the World Trade center in NYC, I was snug in my loft in my dorm room as a freshman at Radford University (Yes, the secret is out, I went to Radford my freshman year, it’s a long story…seriously, I’m still bitter).
It’s amazing to think it’s been 10 years since that horrible day that will forever be marked in the history books. I had already slept right through my morning chemistry class. I know it was only the 2 or 3 week of school, but I had probably been out partying the night before or had a food hangover from too much chick-fil-a. I remember waking up, one of my roommates had the TV on, and I woke up just after the 2nd plane hit. My 2nd roommate was running frantically in/out of the room and up and down the halls trying to find someone with a phone signal. Her father worked near the pentagon and she was terrified. I remember laying in my loft, watching on our tiny 13 inch TV as the news coverage grew. Many people on my hall had parents or family who lived or worked in Arlington and were more concerned about the Pentagon crash than the World Trade Center. People were everywhere, asking “Should I go to class?” “Are classes cancelled?”. There were conflicting reports that classes had been cancelled, even our RA had not gotten a straight answer. I had already skipped my first class so decided it wasn’t worth it to even try to make my second one.
Later that afternoon I drove down to Virginia Tech to be with my close friends and see my sister. I remember the atmosphere on campus was somber, of coures nothing like it would be 6 1/2 years later. People were going to dinner, but just talking in low voices and discussing the days events. People were scared that the New River Valley would be next because of the Army Armory that is close by.
I don’t remember much laughter that day, I just remember sitting with my best friends in Pritchard Hall on the evening of Sept 11, 2001, and looking at the 6 guys in the room with me and remembering how thankful I was that they were there and we were all safe.
Where were you?