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Breakaway College Girl

by Ali Postle, Freshman at Northern Illinois University -DeKalb; 2012 West Central Grad -Special For The Quill

Hello Readers!

The sun is shining today which always makes the day great! Get outside, because it is beautiful!

I am so sorry to hear of this awful Boston tragedy. Innocent lives were taken and that is never fair. God bless all those who were affected by this tragedy. It is so sad when something like that happens in our nation.

In 2008 NIU had something awful happen to their community. A gunman opened fire in a lecture hall, killing five and injuring more than a dozen, before turning the gun on himself.

Even though I was not a NIU student at the time, it still had an impact on me when I arrived here. They have a memorial outside the hall and you can see flowers that people often put around it in rememberance.

I could not even imagine the panic and fear that came over the students that day. I would be in such a panic trying to get ahold of my parents and wanting to go home. I’m sure the panic of the students was unreal.

This past February was the five-year anniversary of this tragedy. They had a huge memorial service remembering all the victims. It is amazing to see, even after five years, that people can still come together in this NIU community.

I know Boston is mourning over this awful tragedy that happened this week. It is sickening to think that this would happen.

As a nation, we need to come together to support them and pray for them. We always seem to come together when there is tragedy and this time should be no different. It will take time, but questions will hopefully be answered.

Be thankful for your family and friends that are safe. This reminds us that we must not take any day, any hour, or any minute for granted.