I think I was the very last American to find out. I can't quite remember why, but I know that I didn't wake up until 3pm that day. I immediately got on the computer, AOL was my ISP at the time, and even though there was a big headline and image right on the first screen when you log in, I was too groggy to notice. So I must have been browsing the internet or something when I turned the ringer on my phone back on. My mother finally got through to me at aobut 3:30 pm and told me that the WTC had been attacked. My response was something along the lines of: "Doesn't this kinda thing happen all the time?" I was absolutely clueless at the time. I had never payed much attention to current events, or history for that matter, so I didn't realize the difference between our attacks in the middle east and attacks on American soil. I truly thought that things like this happened all the time until I learned exactly what the WTC was and it didn't take long to figure out just how big this was. Since 9/11/01, I have taken a special interest in being informed about the world around me. I am so embarrassed and feel so naive for the way I was back then. I have since taken several courses in college such as political science, american history, etc., and I can't believe just how uninformed I was. 9/11 had an effect on me that I could have never imagined; it made me want to find out more, and be more aware of political issues.