“My body just kind of had like a reaction going in. Like, I got tense…”

I have not done one of these in a very long time, but I thought that I would record, um, my own sort of follow-up diary about the violence that happened at Michigan State on February 13. It’s now almost a year later, and for the most part I think things have kind of gone back to normal. You know, classes have been in full swing and we’re like back on our regular calendar. Um, but I was just thinking —

Okay, so I am teaching in Berkey Hall this semester for the first time since the shooting. And I kind of surprised myself by having a reaction the first time I went in this semester. I kind of was back in this like swing of normal, everything’s back to normal, and I saw flowers and reporters outside Berkey Hall that first day of classes and, you know, my body just kind of had like a, a reaction going in. Like, I got tense and I kind of felt like a little bit of anxiety. You know, it’s small but it is something that I felt and I’m guessing that I’m probably not the only one, you know, I’m thinking about students that were going in. Have to go back into that building for the first time. And what they are — how they’re holding up. I — yeah. Just wanted to note. You know, it’s a small — it’s a small impact, but it still exists.

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