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A comment on Aurora, Colorado

July 22, 2012

In Italy, I am in a news bubble. Every day before and after class, I scroll through my entire Twitter timeline from the previous day and read all the headlines. It’s the easiest way for me to catch up on what’s happening in the United States.

After class on Friday, I heard about the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and it brought back memories of how I felt in eighth grade after the Virginia Tech massacre. My friends and I headed to Venice, and it has been a spectacular weekend (more on that in another post). However, during the downtime, I can’t help but find myself scrolling through Twitter and reading the stories of the event.

There’s a reason I’m going into journalism; when things like this happen, I want to be there to tell the stories of those whose lives were instantly impacted forever. In the hours and days after something like this, I watch the news all the time, and it feels really weird to have not watched the “Today” show or any other news outlet covering this. In fact, yesterday, I found myself desperately trying to load videos from the “Today” show to learn more about this and find more hope.

That’s the thing I love about journalism — even though journalists are sometimes too intrusive for comfort in these situations, the good ones know how to find those morsels of hope that tell the audience everything is going to be all right. That is how I have always felt about the “Today” show, and that is why I realize I don’t think I could ever fully stop watching it.

Ann Curry had a story yesterday about a couple who went to the movie with their children and survived. The man proposed to the woman in the hospital shortly thereafter. The moral of this report was to tell the people you love that you love them, always, because you never know when your last day with someone will be. Be respectful and kind to everyone you meet because no one deserves to feel hurt. These two are starting a new life together. In the midst of tragedy, there is hope.

To all of you who have guided me, supported me, encouraged me, befriended me, shared a bit of yourself with me, cared for me and loved me, I am infinitely grateful. I appreciate you more than I could ever express, and I love you. Thank you for enriching my life.

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