Remember Boston

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

Shyam — Catonsville, MD

At the time when the bombing at the Boston Marathon occurred, I was on my way to work. I had just finished my Calculus III lecture and I was walking … Continue reading

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Maria — Rumson, NJ

I was in my room when my phone buzzed. My friends and I have a group message. My one friend sent a message to our group asking, “There was a … Continue reading

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Sarah — Merrick, New York

I had been sitting in my art class, barely paying attention to the guest speaker my professor had brought in. Scrolling through Twitter on my phone, I saw a tweet … Continue reading

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Michael – College Park, MD

I remember when I first saw the news of the attacks. I was horrified that someone would perform such a terrible attack at an event so innocent. I immediately went … Continue reading

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Kyle — Rockville Centre, NY

On the day of the Boston Marathon bombing, I woke up and casually went through my morning as I usually do. Usually, I do not watch television until the afternoon … Continue reading

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Seung – Glen Burnie, MD

I first found out about the incident of the Boston Bombing through a social networking website: Facebook. As I was casually surfing my Facebook pages, I came across a post … Continue reading

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Robert Motondo — Manalapan, NJ

April 15, 2013 was just another groggy and depressing Monday and after returning from a 9AM math class I had a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Josh – Baltimore, MD

Sports are my sanctuary. They are my escape from the terrifying and stressful world that I live in. I know many other people feel the same way as I do; … 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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Cydney – Germantown, MD

During the week of April 15, 2013 I was going about my business as a normal student at University of Maryland, College Park. I remember feeling very stressed because a … Continue reading

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Brandon — Potomac, MD

  At about 3 o’clock on Monday, I was relaxing in my friend’s room. I was going down my twitter feed, and I realized something happened. Everyone was posting, “Thoughts … Continue reading

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Matt – Lower Macungie, PA

On Tuesday, April 16, thousands lined along the Boston Marathon route cheered as runners passed by. By the race’s end, millions looked on in horror as two explosions rocked the … Continue reading

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Emily — Wakefield, Rhode Island

I was studying in my room when one of my roommates ran in, and asked me if my Dad went into work today (he works in Boston). I said “I … Continue reading

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Emily — Brooklyn, NY

I first heard word of the Boston Marathon bombings when I walked into my sorority house. One of the girls in my sorority (who is from Boston) was sitting at … Continue reading

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Bonnie — Plainview, New York

On April 14, 2013, I read a status on Facebook while scrolling through my newsfeed. It was written by one of my best friends in college. The status read “Good … Continue reading

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Marco — Frederick, Maryland

My first hint that something was awry was a group text from a good friend who was from Boston that, “a lot of crazy sh-t happening in Boston. As far … Continue reading

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Jamie — Plainview, New York

On Monday, April 14th, I was in my dorm room when I received an email from my sorority’s listserv reading, “ FYI Boston Marathon.” In the email, it was explained … Continue reading

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Nigel — Chevy Chase, MD

Exactly 8 days ago around this time I was walking out of class when I checked my phone. After class I have an unconscious ritual where I check every social … Continue reading

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Alison — Bowie, Maryland

  Each and everyday I always take time out of my schedule to look read through the various websites I enjoy visiting in order to check for new status updates … Continue reading

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Erica — Potomac, Maryland

Last Monday, my friend and I were walking back to my apartment when we both received an email from another friend at 3:13 pm stating that 10 minutes ago, two … Continue reading

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AY — Columbia, MD

  On the morning of the Boston Marathon explosion, I rolled out of bed tired and groggy. I had stayed up late working on homework, and was feeling the effects … Continue reading

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Nick — Endicott, New York

A few days prior to the Boston Marathon my mom texted me and told me that my cousin was running in the race and that there was a number to … Continue reading

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Casey — Washington DC

I had just gotten out of math and my dad called me in a panic. He asked if there were any extra cops on campus, or any extra security and … Continue reading

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Laura — Ellicott City, Maryland

On Monday afternoon, I had just gotten back from my daily run and was feeling great. I arrived back in my dorm room and decided to check out twitter before … Continue reading

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Analucy — Hyattsville, MD

Blood splattered all over a sidewalk that’s the first image that made me aware that something had occurred. Next comes confusion as I am sitting in my dorm. As I … Continue reading

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Christian – Clarksville, Maryland

I walked into my friend’s dorm room after stopping by the diner with a slice of pizza. We were hanging out until our friend down the hall yelled at us … Continue reading

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Jake — Baltimore, MD

The first moment I heard about what happened during the Boston Marathon was while I was at the gym. I saw a notification on my phone from my ESPN Scorecenter … Continue reading

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Nick — College Park, MD

Last week, I was sitting in my COMM class when I opened my Twitter. I scrolled through the football tweets until I came to one I had already seen. I … Continue reading

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Odin — Bethesda, Maryland

I was at home with my roommate that morning, and he was flipping through his twitter account like he usually does when he’s bored. Whenever he comes across something funny … Continue reading

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Sarah – Washington, DC

I found out about the Boston Marathon bombing from my roommate who is from the Boston area. She didn’t have much information so I went on Twitter to get the … Continue reading

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Shannon — Kingsville, Maryland

What started out as a casual scroll through my Home page on Twitter on the walk back to my dorm from class ended up being a shocking realization of horrendous … Continue reading

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Jin — Chicago, IL

While I was on Facebook one day, I saw one person who posted about a terrible incident in Boston. And then I noticed more people expressing their thoughts about the … Continue reading

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Charlie — College Park, MD

  On Monday afternoon, April 15, around 2:50 I had just gotten out of my last class of the day. As I was walking home, I received an update on … Continue reading

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David — Baltimore, MD

When I woke up on April 15th I thought the most important event of that day was my macro economics midterm, but I quickly learned the day’s events would be … Continue reading

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Sophia — Miami Beach, FL

On the day of the Boston Marathon bombing, several people left the house to participate in an annual event. What they later experienced would send them into full panic. Surprisingly … Continue reading

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Camille — Bowie, Maryland

When I came back to my room after classes, my roommate Kat who is from Boston informed me of the explosions at the marathon. At first, I was so confused. … Continue reading

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Eddy — Rockville, MD

When the bombing occurred, I was in my hometown doing homework in the library at the Universities at Shady Grove campus. I found out about the bombing 20 to 30 … Continue reading

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Brenden — Crofton, MD

After classes last Monday, I went to play golf with my friends. Once I was finished, I was driving back to my apartment while listening to Baltimore sports talk radio. … Continue reading

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Brandon – Olney, Maryland

On the morning of the day of the attacks, I woke up around 10:30 and, remembering that the Red Sox play a very early game on Patriot’s Day, set my … Continue reading

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Yasmine — Demarest, NJ

“Two explosions at the Boston Marathon” “They were inside garbage pails next to the finish line” “I’m watching the news at the Journalism school” At 3:18 on Monday, April 15th, … Continue reading

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Alex – Seoul, South Korea

I remember I was in class, feeling tired after a long day, when I saw in my Facebook newsfeed about a certain bombing that just happened in Boston. The headline … Continue reading

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Brian — Baltimore, MD

On a seemingly ordinary Monday last week, I hopped in the shower, got dressed and headed to the golf course to meet some friends for a round of 18. On … Continue reading

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Dakota — Sayville, NY

The weekend of Friday, April 12, my girlfriend came to visit. She was scheduled to stay until Tuesday to celebrate my birthday. We had not too many plans for the … Continue reading

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Yeojin — Seoul, South Korea

I still remember the moment I heard of the tragedy happened in Boston on Monday. I was having late lunch with my boyfriend at South dining hall and saw the … Continue reading

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Jenny — Gaithersburg, MD

On April 15th I woke up early to wish my mom a happy birthday. Then I rushed out of the house and drove to UMD for my daily morning commute. … Continue reading

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Susan — Washington, DC

At 9:04 pm last Thursday night, my daughter texted me to say “Here. Love you.”  She had just arrived by train into Boston, and had taken the Red Line to … Continue reading

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Fredris — Germantown, MD

Throughout the entire semester so far, last week seemed to have been the most emotional and shocking week for me. Last week was all about going to the hospital to … Continue reading

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Jacqueline — Washington, D.C.

When the news about the Boston Marathon hit the media, I had been studying with a friend for an exam I had the following day. After being completely isolated from … Continue reading

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Brigitte — Scarsdale, NY

Coincidently, the Boston Marathon massacre fell on the same day as Yom Hazikaron, a day commemorating fallen Israeli soldiers. This day holds a special place in my heart as I … Continue reading

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Matt — Severna Park, MD

Every day I check The Drudge Report online, often four to five times a day. That is how I learned of the Boston Marathon bombings. This site makes regular updates … Continue reading

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