Being a former New York resident and attending State University of New York of Optometry was really where the path of optometry started for me.
I was in the middle of a lecture hall and all of a sudden the president of the university disrupted the class and made one of the most horrific announcements I have ever heard in my life.
He had said that a plane had crashed into the world trade center and for the safety of the students; the university was under high security lock down due to the chaos that was occurring in Manhattan. My peers were in complete shock not knowing exactly what the severity of the situation was. Momentarily, we all gathered around the television as the president of the university, turned on the news. There was complete silence, a feeling of mixed emotions from everybody. As we looked outside of our university building (which resides in the middle of Manhattan) all I could see was herds of people running around frantically. Some were covered in excessive dust and debris from head to toe. We can hear the noise and chaos stemming from fear and panic of the local people.
It was such a surreal experience. I hope that I never have to witness such a painful event like this ever again. Even though I experienced this in New York, the 9/11 incident was felt and shared worldwide.It’s been a decade and we will soon get to see The Freedom Tower (officially named, One World Trade Center) completed within the next 2 years. It’s great to know how much effort and love that went behind this national iconic structure.
Lastly, I want to pay my respects and admiration to the men and women who risked their life that day to do what they felt was right in their hearts. My deepest condolences go out to those who lost their loved ones on 9/11.