𝗜 𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗘𝘅𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗜 𝗪𝗮𝘀 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝟵/𝟭𝟭 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗱, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜𝘁 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝘆 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿
The Date: Tuesday, September 11th, 2001.
The Location: John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH.
The Scenario: I was a junior in college. I had a Marketing class before my weekly Biology class, where a new girl had just shown up just the Friday before as a new student, about 2 weeks into class already. I didn’t know her name. I had seen her on campus and always wanted to strike up a conversation. Also, this was the era of practically zero cell phones, and the ones that did exist could only do one thing…make calls.
8:00 AM EST – Marketing Class begins.
8:46 AM EST – The attack on the North Tower at the World Trade Center occurs.
9:03 AM EST – The attack on the South Tower at the WTC occurs.
9:15 AM EST – Marketing class ends. I travel over to Biology class at the science building across the street.
9:20 AM EST – I approach the classroom and there’s a note on the door that says “Class has been canceled.”
9:30 AM EST – I am in the student lounge, and finally, see the news. America has been invaded by terrorists. We are urged to head home.
9:37 AM EST – The attack on the Pentagon occurs.
9:45 AM EST – I am at home, my mom calls and is hysterical. Just after the call, the South Tower collapses, the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA occurs, and the North Tower collapses.
We hunker down for 2 days as classes were canceled.
Thursday, September 13th, and classes have resumed.
9:15 AM EST – I enter Biology class with a mission. Something innate in me told me that this is the day. Maybe it was the fear that the world was going to end for us. The fear that another strike could happen at any moment. But whatever it was, I was to ask this new girl out finally. I take the seat right next to her, look over at her Trapper Keeper with her name on it. Jamie. I lean in and say “Jamie. It’s $2 beers at Knotty Pine tonight. Let’s go. I can pick you up at 8.”
And that was the first date of what was to be my life partner. My partner in crime. My wife of 15 years (just celebrated it this year), and best friend for 20. Also, the mother to my greatest accomplishment in life — my son, Gus.
9/11 had spooked me for years. I got sucked into Youtube videos of people’s last phone calls, falling man, witness accounts. It was devastating.
We lived through it and it shook us right to the core.
I still erupt with cries from seeing stories or reminders of that day, similar to the cries that come out of nowhere over lost parents.
9/11 changed everything. The way we travel. The way we are credentialed. The way we lived.
Every time I get a chance to thank those heroes on that day who sacrificed their lives to save others, I do it. Americans bonded together after that tragedy. That was the beauty that came from such tragedy. I’ll never forget. I hope you won’t either.
Comment here and leave some thoughts about how you still remember 9/11?
💰PS – I want you to know that referrals from satisfied clients are the lifeblood of my business, so I greatly appreciate anyone you send my way. As a bonus, for any referrals you send that purchase services from me, I will send you $25 for each! Thanks again for your continued support!
📰 PPS – Also please subscribe to our monthly Jobstickers newsletter (https://mjwcareers.com/newsletter-signup), Spotify Podcast (https://open.spotify.com/show/4BdzyZsOtgbEtNRTRgbTLi) and Facebook Live group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/455474262138280) to stay up to date on job hunting industry trends, resume and social media profile and networking techniques, recruiter insights, promotions, discounts, and freebies.
✅ PPPS – follow the hashtags #Jobstickers, #ThePragmaticResume & #UnUnEmployed on LinkedIn for other daily insights that can help you in your career or job search!
💻 PPPPS – Thank you for reading! Please visit www.jobstickers.com to keep up with all of MJW Careers’ content, and visit www.mjwcareers.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 855-YES-EMPLOYEES) to learn more about our resume writing, interview training, career coaching, or outplacement services and solutions.