Last night’s news of the shooting at Northern Illinois University hit a little too close to home for me. I graduated from there in 2004 with an MA in sociology. That campus was my life for a number of years. I lived there. I studied there. I worked there. It was my home.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I watched everything unfold on television. There was the library and the student union. There was the building where my office was located. There was the sidewalk between my office and Cole Hall where I walked countless times back and forth to the library, to class, to my car.

And I wonder if I ever crossed paths with the gunman – we both studied in the same department with the same professors and we used the same research lab.

It’s all so sad…

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