Junior reflects on Paris attack


With the newfound interest of European soccer, I was eager to check the score of the France versus Germany game on the evening of Nov. 13. I can say the final score was 2-0, with France taking the victory; however, on that Friday evening, the news was flooded with the report of a bombing outside the soccer stadium.

This type of news called for immediate attention. More news flooded my computer of other bombings in Paris. I began receiving text messages and emails from friends and family asking if I was safe.

I was traveling in Cologne, Germany, this past weekend, which put only four hours between Paris and me. With Europe as my home away from home, I felt connected to this tragedy. Europe has allowed me to have unforgettable experiences and discover adventure. This tragic occurrence felt like an attack on my home.

It was comparable to hearing the report of 9/11. Despite being only in first grade, I vividly remember 9/11. It is an event that has marked the lives of New Yorkers and forever haunts American citizens and the rest of the world.

Similar to the aftermath of 9/11, the world has united to support France. As the European Union is making valiant efforts to stand united behind France, it has been crucial in Freiburg to come together as a university community. With the number of students traveling close to Paris, I was very thankful that my friends were safe and accounted for.

With what has happened in recent events, it is very important to remember and pray for those have been injured, have lost loved ones, and have given their life to protect their home in any terrorist attack.

In light of these events, I will continue to travel and enjoy the remaining month of my study abroad. This weekend, I will be traveling to Lucerne, Switzerland. Surrounded by the Swiss Alps, Lucerne is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Filled with history dating back to as early as the 14th century, Lucerne is known for the Chapel Bridge, which can be found on almost any calendar sponsoring the beauties of Europe.

With the number of weekends dwindling, I am beginning to plan a trip to Rome and a trip to London to visit other students from Susquehanna. However, with every passing weekend, it only means one weekend closer to Christmas. More importantly, one weekend closer to Germany’s famous Christmas Markets.