I was a sophomore in high school and sitting in Spanish class when the first tower was hit on September 11th, 2001.
I remember that day was full of questions and uncertainty.
There were so many "why" and "how" questions in my head, like "Why did it happen?" and "How was it possible?"
Although we were more than 1,300 miles away from New York City, we felt as though it hit close to home. Because it did. And it hit close to home for others around the world too.
Visiting the 9-11 Memorial in New York City this month, continued to show me how small our world can be. There were brochures in several different languages that explained why and how the memorial came to be.
Being there, made me go back to that day in 2011 and those questions that kept swirling in my head. Eleven years later, I use the "why" and "how" questions as part of my tools as a reporter.
Standing side-by-side with people from different nationalities as we all paid our respects to those who lost their lives, made me realize that we can all live peacefully if we ask more questions and care to understand one another.
I hope that by asking more questions like the "why" and "how," we will never have to witness another one of these horrific events.