Remember Boston

Where Were You? Students' Stories of the Boston Marathon Bombing • An ICMPA Media Literacy Project

Jason — College Park, MD

My parents are immigrants from the Central American country of Guatemala who came here in the 1980s. They became naturalized citizens in 2012 and they were proud of their achievement … Continue reading

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Crystal – Silver Spring, MD

It was my birthday. I turned 19 on Monday, April 15, 2013. Just two days ago, my friends and I had gone down to the nation’s capital to see the … Continue reading

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Scott – Baltimore, MD

Monday, April 15th is a day that I will forever remember. I was actually on a run when I received the notification. “Bombing at the Boston Marathon” that was sent … Continue reading

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Xiuhui — Shanghai, China

Last Monday afternoon, I was on my way to class as usual. Everything seemed normal until I noticed that the flags on campus were flying at a half-mast. Several hours … Continue reading

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Sydney — Newton,MA

At 7am on Friday morning I was woken up by a phone call from the police department in my town, with a voice recording explaining that after events that had … Continue reading

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Koreem — Lagos, Nigeria

I moved to the United States 8 months ago and being here has truly been a beautiful experience. Having lived in over 4 countries throughout the span of my life, … Continue reading

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Gerard — Baltimore, MD

On the day of the Boston Bombing, I received a text message from my dad that read, “Pray for those in Boston. What if it was our family?” I was … Continue reading

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Tanya – Kyiv, Ukraine

When the explosions happened, I was at school, so we turned on the TV and watched the aftermath, could not tear our eyes away, although the images were horrible, and … Continue reading

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Haley — Bucks County, PA

On Monday, April 15th at 2:50 pm. I was in the University of Maryland’s McKeldin library furiously attempting to get a paper done. I had logged myself out of Facebook, … Continue reading

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Alec – Slingerlands, NY

Last Monday was like any normal Monday, pretty mundane. I was well aware that the Boston Marathon was taking place because my roommate is a big runner. He ran in … Continue reading

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Chris – Greenlawn, NY

I found out about the Boston Marathon bombings from watching ESPN sports center because almost immediately after it occurred, it because a “breaking news segment” on the broadcast. From there … Continue reading

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Logan – College Park, MD

I got out of a rehearsal, set up my computer outside of a practice room, and checked my facebook at 5 on 4/15. One of my friends posted, “At least … Continue reading

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Spencer – Gaithersburg, MD

Monday began just like any other school day; rolling out of bed at 8 am on my way to class. Nothing about the day felt different by any means. I … Continue reading

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Rachel – Calvert County, MD

I remember scrolling down Facebook on the day of the Boston Marathon, and I was surprised to see the amount of people I knew involved. I saw several friends wishing … Continue reading

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Tommy – Odenton, MD

Here I am sitting in the coffee shop in the student union around 3 p.m. working on my English paper. Annoyed. Annoyed with this 10 page paper I am working … Continue reading

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Niti – Germantown, MD

I had some down time while waiting for an experiment to cool in an ice bath during my organic chemistry lab, so I decided to check my Facebook. As I … Continue reading

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Vinnie – Baltimore, MD

I think overall the experience of the Boston Marathon bombing and the following events brought to life what we have really been discussing all semester, the omnipresence and extreme influence … Continue reading

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Andrew – Severna Park, MD

Reading over the posts below me, I feel like I had a very similar experience learning about the tragedy that is the Boston Marathon bombings. I had just gotten to … Continue reading

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Recel – San Diego, CA

It was 2:56 p.m. last Monday afternoon, and I had just left Tydings Hall after finishing my macroeconomics exam. I only had 4 minutes to hurry over to McKeldin to … Continue reading

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Kriti – Washington, DC

I had class until 4:50 on Monday, April 15th. I had just come out of Van Munching and was heading back to my apartment. Afterward, I was planning on going … Continue reading

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Odalis – Baltimore, MD

Chaos, the unknown, fear… just a few words to describe the Boston Marathon bombing. During the past few weeks, I think everyone has been on edge because of the threats … Continue reading

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Jenny – Laurel, MD

It was April 15th and the only thought that was in my mind was to study for my upcoming math exam. With a blink of an eye, I had already … Continue reading

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Saera – Glenn Dale, MD

As I woke up on that Monday morning on the week of April 15, 2013, I prayed to God and asked Him to lift the burdens off my shoulders that … Continue reading

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Jeremy – Belleville, IL

The day I learned of the Boston was just like any other; it seemed so ordinary that I did not truly realize the gravity of the events that were taking … Continue reading

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Courtney – Columbia, MD

It was an average Monday for me I woke up got dressed and was on my way to class. The only thoughts and concern that I had were making sure … Continue reading

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Tori – Mount Laurel, NJ

I was in class during the exact time of the Boston Marathon Bombing so I was unaware of what happened until I received a phone call from my mom on … Continue reading

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Michael – Woodbury, NY

April 15th 2013 is a day that I certainly will not forget. I just finished my criminal justice class and was heading back to my apartment. On the walk back … Continue reading

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Joanna – Warsaw, Poland

I found out about the bombing from a NYT popup notification which appeared on my iPhone just before 3:00PM on Monday, April 15. I was in my car, getting ready … Continue reading

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Mitch – Randolph – NJ

I first heard about the bombing in the afternoon on Monday from a two friends that I ran into on campus. They were in the middle of a discussion about … Continue reading

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Tabatha – Sterling, VA

I heard that there had been bombings in Boston using the CNN application on my iPhone while I was sitting in terrible traffic on the beltway. My phone flashed with … Continue reading

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Justin – Germantown, MD

Everything on Monday April 15, 2013 seemed like a normal day until about 4:30 PM. At this time I was walking into my Fraternity house to hang around until I … Continue reading

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William Owen – Kent Island, MD

I treated that Monday like any other day, I woke up and went to class, and thought nothing of the day. It wasn’t until later on when I was waiting … Continue reading

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Krystle — College Park, MD

The time is just after 1 pm on Monday afternoon April 15, 2013. As I am walking in my neighborhood heading back home from school, I make plans with my … Continue reading

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Matt — Laurel, MD

I am a singer/musician, and I live in a very small bubble at the University of Maryland. Nearly all of my friends are also students in the music school at … Continue reading

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Brendan — Reading, MA

On the day of the Boston marathon I was sitting in my UNIV108 lecture when I got a text from one of my friends with the screenshot pictured above. At … Continue reading

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Daniel — Ellicott City, MD

The horror in Boston unfolded through the television in my dorm room, the live news report from my computer, and through my open twitter feed. I slowly watched the screen … Continue reading

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Kelsey — Fairfax, VA

In the afternoon of April 15th, I was sitting at my desk at work when I saw a tweet about an explosion near the finish line of the Boston marathon. … Continue reading

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Makeda — Columbia, MD

While eating my usual lunch on Monday, April 15th, I glance down at my phone and see a series of notifications from the CNN application on my phone. As I … Continue reading

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Katrina — Farmington, CT

My mom called me just seconds after the news of the bombing aired on CNN. She was sobbing and I could barely understand her. For the first time in years, … Continue reading

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Hunter — Columbia, MD

I first heard about the Boston Marathon bombing through the ESPN Scorecenter app for Iphone. When I read it on the screen of my phone I was walking outside between … Continue reading

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Lewi — Takoma Park, MD

It started out like any normal, busy and exhausting school day. Throughout the day I had remembered friends posting things about Boston and the city being in our prayers, and … Continue reading

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Kevin — Owings Mills, MD

On April 15th, 2013 I had just got back from class around 2:00 pm and I went to grab lunch. I got lunch, went back into my dorm room, and … Continue reading

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Brian — Cherry Hill, NJ

I awoke on April 15th just like any other Monday, around noon with no class to go to until 2 o’clock. I checked my phone, as per usual to numerous … Continue reading

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Morgan — College Park, MD

I’m a runner so this event touched me in a unique way. When I was about to go running on a treadmill at Eppley Recreational Center I happened to look … Continue reading

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Ari — New Rochelle, NY

Last Tuesday, I was walking back to my dorm after class. I was going through my Twitter feed on my phone when I saw that someone posted a link to … Continue reading

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Keith — Princeton, NJ

I was simply browsing Facebook in class, a standard day to day activity of mine, when my initial awareness of the Boston Marathon bombing incident came. A status of a … Continue reading

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Tyler — Sherman, CT

I was sitting in my dorm room avoiding doing any homework like a typical college student – going back and forth between Twitter and Facebook. While doing this I ended … Continue reading

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Nicole — Woodcliff Lake, NJ

When I was walking to class through the mall last week, I heard someone on the phone say “Did you hear about the bombing in Boston?” My first reaction upon … Continue reading

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David — Potomac, MD

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t digest what had happened last week in Boston until a day or two later. Last Monday was the beginning of yet another stressful week … Continue reading

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Taylor — Cohasset, MA

I received multiple texts Sunday night from friends at BC and other Boston schools, each exclaiming the anticipation felt for the following day.  Students in the city await Marathon Monday … Continue reading

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Brittney – Baltimore, Maryland

On Tuesday April 16th around 3pm, I was just leaving my last class. As I walked back to my dorm, I leisurely scrolled through Instagram. I noticed that some of … Continue reading

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