Where Were You?

Every generation of college students witnesses moments like this—moments that shake us to the very core.

For me, I was a senior at the University of Nebraska when Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder rental truck loaded with 5,000 pounds of explosives outside Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah federal building. I stared at the television screen as newscasters tried to convey the horror and carnage, and it was as if my brain could not process what had happened.

Space Shuttle Challenger. The fall of the Berlin Wall. September 11. The Exxon Valdez oil spill. The earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Such national and international events become part of a college student’s collective memory.

If you haven’t already, go check out the question posed on our UI Alumni Association Facebook page and share what major news event you will always remember from your college days. We welcome you to the conversation.

Kathryn Howe
Associate Editor

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