George Washington University sophomore Joanna Wusinick's stomach still drops every time a plane passes overhead.
For Wusinick,planes bear memories of Sept.11,the day her university was closed,and the day her city became a ghost town.
“I walked out of my 9:30 a.m. Political Science class and I saw people running,talking on cell phones,crying – it was crazy,” she said.
Many students attending Washington,D.C.,universities said they are spending the anniversary of the terrorist attacks the same way they would any other day,although they will take time to remember those who died.
“I don't feel as safe (in Washington,D.C.),but I'm not frightened,” said Jocelyn McCarthy,a graduate student at American University. “It's an opportunity to go back and reflect on what happened that day.”
Dani Greenspan,a political science major at GWU,was interning at the Capitol the day the planes hit.
“I heard a blast from the Pentagon on the way to work,” he said. “When I got there,we heard that the Pentagon had been hit,and we figured that we were next.”
Security officials told Greenspan,along with everyone else in the building,to leave. It was the first time in history that the Capitol had been evacuated.
“I was freaked out,but I would've stayed there (at the Capitol) if I had to stay there,” Greenspan said. “I would've done whatever I had to do.”
AU graduate student Antonio Oppi said he hopes the Sept. 11 anniversary will give America a second chance to respond to the needs of other countries.
“I think Sept. 11 should've been a wake-up call,” he said. “I think people need to listen more to each other and respect each other more.”
Also,Sanghoon Shin,a law student at GWU,said although he feels sympathetic toward Americans,he believes the terrorists had their own reasons for attacking.
“Those people have suffered from United States politics,and now it's time for the U.S. to suffer,” he said.
And many students said they have suffered.
GWU senior Rachel Miller recalls being filled with fear last year.
“My brother was in New York,my parents had flown the day before to Pittsburgh,and the phones wouldn't work,” she said. “It was really upsetting.”