September 11th and 9/11…two different ways of mentioning the same horrific event. The day America and its citizens were shaken to our core. I remember that morning almost as if it was yesterday. I was in 6th grade at Cass Junior High School. I was getting ready for school, when my Dad came rushing upstairs and told me that there had just been a plane crash at the World Trade Center in New York City. For me, being only 11 years old, I had no idea what the World Trade Center was, yet I still watched in shock, not knowing what was to happen next.
By the time I had arrived at school, the second tower had been hit and I knew deep down that this was no accident, that New York City…that the United States had just been attacked by a faceless coward. The televisions were on throughout the day, in every classroom and hallway. By the time the last period rolled around, our principal had drafted a letter and sent it to every student discussing the events of the day and what precautions the school would take to ensure our safety. At that moment, I felt unsafe, a feeling I had never felt before. I didn’t know if Chicago was going to be hit or what other forms any other attacks would or could come in.
After I got home, I went down to the basement and sat with my Mom and watched more of the news. By this time, they had received more information about the attacks and had a better understand of the enemy we were facing.
I know that every American was affected in some way by the events of September 11th. However, I feel that 9/11 had a huge impact on shaping the person I have become and the interests that I have. I know that without a doubt, I am a Political Science major because of the events that unfolded that fateful day. I have this overwhelming desire to serve my country, help others, and to try and make a difference no matter its size. I want to try and promote open dialogue between all religions, cultures, nationalities, and genders. I want every human being to understand that although we may call different places home, we all share a common dwelling: Earth.
Jim Minardi is an Issue Analyst with Americans for Informed Democracy’s Be2021 campaign. He attends Loyola University Chicago, where he is majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Studies. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Model United Nations, Campus Ministry, and Loyola Students for Liberty on campus. He has had extensive Social Media experience through using Twitter, Facebook, Yelp!, and YouTube during his internships with the Heartland Café and the Marketing and Promotions Office of Love Park in Philadelphia. After finishing his undergrad, Jim plans on entering either graduate or law school.