Friday College Town Hall

In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today, in honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, we ask this question:

In the decade since 9/11, many of the millennial children who were in elementary school during the attacks are now in college or beginning their college searches.

How has your memory of 9/11 changed through these ten years, and what significance has it had on your role as an American student?

Leave your answer in the comments below or tweet at @Cappex to chime in (we’ll post your answer below).

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  1. Kimberly says:

    I remember sitting in my 3rd grade class room and it was a free period so we were watching T.V. when the attack came on T.V. the teacher didn’t know what was going on and let us watch it, when we knew what was going on the teacher was in shock and us kids didn’t know what was going on when the teacher started crying. Know that I’m older and has learned more about 9/11 since at the time I was just a confused elementary student. I feel sadness know that I know what happened, but it hasn’t really much impact me because when it happened I didn’t understand so now that I’m older I just feel sadness when it is mentioned and that I know have a deeper understanding. The significant role it has on me as an American student is that I can look back and see what we did wrong in allowing this to happen and look to the future and what I can do or others can do to be able to stop any future attacks in America.

  2. Natalie says:

    I was in my 7th grade math class on that dreadful day. My view on the day has most certainly changed since then. I am more appreciative as to what the military does for us on a daily basis, and I am more sympathetic to all that were affected on that day. Back then, I didn’t really understand what exactly was happening, and now I am more intrigued to learn about it.

  3. DeVaughan says:

    Over the past 10 years, the events that took place on 9/11 and the studies and obsrevations that occurred after have significantly impacted my view of the world and even more specifically, America. In short, I’ve developed a negative perspective our government and world leaders. 9/11 allowed me to see things I couldn’t see before. And I am now inspired and determined to change the world.

  4. Tyler says:

    I do remember where I was during it. I was in fourth grade, sitting at my desk…the teacher turned on the TV as we watched the news coverage. Hadn’t heard about the WTC before that day. It is a significant and tragic day for American history, but the event itself hasn’t impacted me at all. What has impacted was peoples’ reactions to the event.
    Personally, I grew to not like how instead of focusing on commemoration and remembrance for the firefighters and police that helped that day, the government turned it’s focus on commemorating and remembering soldiers in the long run. Somewhere within these 10 years I feel we sort of lost some well-deserved appreciation for firefighters and police.

  5. Raven says:

    I was in the fifth grade when the attacks took place. I was very confused when all my friends kept getting called out of class to go home early. I believe my teacher did not want to alarms us which is the reason she kept her cool. When I finally got picked up from school my mother told me what had happened, and that they had evacuated the entire downtown area. Now that I am in college I am surprised I still remember exactly what i was doing, where I was sitting, and what I was reading. It has had great significance on my life, and role as an american student. As a Criminal Justice major with a concentration in Homeland Security 9/11 has become a much larger event seeing as how I am someone who can possibly prevent another event from taking place. I will always and forever remember the events of 9/11

  6. Angela says:

    I distinctly remember being in fifth grade and seeing a teacher run into our room telling my teacher to turn on the news. My class watched as the Twin Towers fell. As a young student in a small town in Missouri, you do not immediately realize the impact. At the time I remember being astonished that such an event could and had occured on the US’s home turf. Fast forward to present day, I am now beginning my third year of college. The impact of September 11th has instilled a very firm belief in me. My belief is this: we are not completely sheltered or in a separate bubble away from the rest of the world here in the US. We are as much a part of the chaos as everyone else. Not only do I believe that for our nation, but I believe it is true for each individual. However, there is hope. We need to live in the world and not of it. We need to believe and hope we can rise above such acts of hatred and terrorism towards our country. Even on a smaller scale, as individual people, we need to reaffirm for ourselves that we CAN rise above adversity. For the world, I believe the aftermath of September 11, 2001 affirms that we, the US, will not be moved and the rest of the world cannot shake us.

  7. Jessy says:

    Sad to say it but when it happened I was in 4th grade i really didnt understand what was going on only that there were no cartoons on when i got home that day just this video of planes crashing into a building over and over again. Know when… i look back on it i still cant believe that happened. It has impacted my life in various ways but Im proud to be an american and Im grateful for all the men and women who risked and are risking their lives to protect our country. Those families who were affected by 9/11 are still in my prayers constantly.

  8. Ashley says:

    I was only in first grade when the 9/11 attack happened. To be honest, I have no memory of that day. I was extremely naive and oblivious about the fact that bad things can happen anywhere in the world, including America.
    I understood that there were problems in the world. I’ve seen the charity commercials asking you to donate money to starving children in third world countries, but in my view, the United States was a place where people were safe and attacks like 9/11 simply did not happen.
    In second grade, we had a moment of silence on September 11, 2002. It was the first anniversary for that terrible day. I was confused as to what exactly we were supposed to be commemorating, so I innocently asked, “What’s nine eleven?” The response I got was, “The day a plane crashed into a building.” I shrugged it off as not a big deal. It must have been some kind of accident.
    Only later on, year after year of 9/11 anniversaries, did I realize that this was a terrorist attack and this was a historic event. My junior year of high school, I learned more about that day in U.S. History… that it wasn’t the boogey man, Sadam Hussien, or the “evil” nation of Iraq that planned this. It was a group of mainly Saudi Arabian extremists, but not everyone from that group was from one specific country. There is no purely good or purely evil side to all of this, and in U.S. History class, I realized that we tend to oversimplify things, and put the blame on specific people rather than see the big picture. I was shocked that for all these years I failed to realize what 9/11 was really about.
    9/11 taught me a lot: that just because we live in the U.S. does not mean that the rest of the world is not a signifigant impact on our lives. I also learned about how important it is to expand your thinking and look at the larger picture and not just panic when bad things happen, but ask, “Why did this happen? And what can we do to prevent this in the future?” I never liked History class that much, but 9/11 made me realize as a student that maybe staying a bit informed is important afterall.

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