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Harvard Is a Ghost Town

On Monday, I got on my bike and rode down to the Boston Marathon. I was a few blocks from the finish line at 2:10, when I decided that instead of going all the way to the finish line and staying there and hanging out, I would go work out at the gym. So I went to the gym instead, and about 30 minutes later, someone called the gym and said, "Hey, did you all hear? A bomb went off." I left, but couldn't get across the river into Cambridge. At that time, the bridges were still locked down.

Fast forward to today. It's a jumble of anxiety. This entire week, we've been on pins and needles knowing there's someone still out there who perpetrated this madness on our town. Last night when I got home, I was watching the news, I heard about the officer killed at MIT, and said, Oh my God. Initially, I didn't think it had anything to do with the bombing. Then we started hearing the sirens zooming back and forth. A police officer was riding in front of our dorm, John Winthrop House, going 100 mph. I started to sense that there was a lot more to this. Especially after seeing a number of my friends here posting on Facebook and Twitter things like "Just heard multiple gun shots" and "Just heard an explosion."

I went to bed last night at 3 am, saying to myself, "Well, by the morning, this thing should be over with. They've caught one guy, I'm sure they'll catch the other one."

Right now, Harvard is a ghost town. No one is moving; nothing is going on. Nobody's walking the streets; no cars are passing by. The students are anxious; the students are scared. Our work as tutors is to assist them in managing that anxiety while we manage our own anxiety. As far as we know the campus is safe, but we're listening to the officers and staying inside.

There's a lot of hugging going on right now and a lot of prayer. People are realizing there are more important things in life, like the relationships that we build. And we're getting a chance to refocus on that, as opposed to the daily grind or rat race. We will continue to pray for the families of those killed and injured in the Marathon as well as the family of the officer at MIT. We ask that the country pray for our officers, investigators and first responders as well.

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