September 11 Digital Archive

Michaella O'Brien


Michaella O'Brien

How has your life changed because of what happened on September 11, 2001?

Where were you on September 11, 2001 when you heard the news? (Please share your experience of learning of the events and what you did afterwards.)

I was in "nutrition class" at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio when i heard about "a plane hitting The World Trade Center" if you noticed, i said "a" plane in the phrase above...after hearing this news, the campus cancelled all remaining classes for that day right then and there and we were all to go back to our apartments, dorms, ect...when i got back to my apartment around 8:59 a.m. that Tuesday morning, my telephone was ringing like crazy and i had 6 messages on my answering machine from my mother...i heard the phone ringing picked it up to hear my mother in shock and pausing to make sure it was really my voice she was hearing, she told me to turn on the news and as soon as the tv came into focus and still on the phone with my mother we bothed watched in complete and utter horror another plane flying right at the other World Trade Center building and was like slow motion as i'm sure it was to everyone one else at that moment and i just remember scre
aming "OH MY GOD" dropping the phone and falling to my knees balling my eye's out as to what i had just witnessed on live news!!!!!!

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