#719 | Sunday, February 3rd 2002
I had just arrived for work. My friend has a radio in her office, and she told me she'd heard it on Power 99 (here in Philly). I thought it was some joke, but when the second plane hit, I realized it wasn't, and I knew terrorists were behind it. How else could something like this be explained? My boss had Howard Stern on in his office, and he and his crew were giving an account of what they right outside their windows in New York City.
No work was done that day. We all stood around talking and listening, or at our desks trying to access overloaded news websites or reach family and friends via phone. I took stock of everyone I knew, trying to think if there was anyone at great risk.
One thing many of us realized was that we needed to see it on TV. At least it was in real time, and we needed to connect what we were hearing and seeing in still photos with live images. A group of us walked a few blocks to our local CBS affiliate, where there was a television set up outside, and people were already gathered. We all stood in silence for awhile, then walked back to the office.
I couldn't wait to go home. We were finally told to leave at 10:45. When I got home, I sat on the floor and hugged my dog, and broke down.

Rachel | 27 | Pennsylvania

#712 | Friday, February 1st 2002
I was in my Organic Chemistry lab isolating caffeine from iced tea at the time and hadn't heard right away...and I thought I was going to feel better when I finished and left.
Andy | 19 | Pennsylvania

#707 | Thursday, January 31st 2002
At 8:30 my alarm went off, I had a 9:30 class. I got up, turned on the television, a habit I had only just picked up, got dressed, then sat at my computer to check my email. I was not really paying attention to the television. At about 8:55 I heard of a fire at the World Trade Center, so I stood to see what was going on, and saw the smoke billowing out of the top floors. As they were talking the newscaster kept mentioning that a plane had hit the building, and at this point it still seemed that it was a rumor or a small plane, they did not know for sure.

As I finished getting ready I listened to the television and turned to it as they were saying that it was defiantly a plane that hit the building, and it was a large commuter jet. As this was being said I noticed to the right of my screen another plane coming into the frame. As I stood there I thought that the plane was going to hit the building again. I watched in shock as the plane turned and aimed for the second building. I started shaking and did not stop. I knew I had to go soon after that and I finished getting ready. At my 9:30 class not many people had heard about what happened and I could not say anything I just sat there and pictured the plane hitting the building. When I got out of class at 11:00 I went to the campus center and learned that the towers had fallen, the Pentagon had been hit, and a plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

I could not cry that day; I just sat and watched the news, fell asleep and had no dreams. I woke up not thinking about what had happened. About a week later I had a couple nightmares, finally turned off the news, and began trying to get back to normal. This is not an easy thing to do since there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about it at least once.

Melissa Miglaiccio | 19 | Pennsylvania

#672 | Saturday, January 26th 2002
I was sitting in Global Studies class and we were actually talking about something like this and then all of a sudden a teacher runs in and talks to my teacher privately, and he addresses us and its on TV. He was a little hesitant at first because they played jokes on each other, but for sure, this was no joke. I went through the day shocked.
Felix | 14 | Pennsylvania

#657 | Thursday, January 24th 2002
I was in school on the 11th and the principal got on the pa system and announced to everyone that both of the world trade centers had been hit by airplanes. I don't think I'll ever forget the looks on people's faces and the silence that came over us all at that moment on that tragic day.
Dan | 17 | Pennsylvania

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