UF student at scene of one of the Paris attacks
Published November 16th, 2015
PARIS, France -- Currently, there are 10 University of Florida students studying abroad in paris. One of those students, Sarah Harper, was enjoying a soccer match with a friend at the Stade de France when she says she was startled by an unfamiliar sound.
"I freaked out and I didn't know what it was and I asked him and I said I asked him what it was and he siad it was just a noise maker do the third one went off and we still just said they were firecrackers," Harper says. "I thought they were...I didnt think they were bombs at the time. So I was like oh thats interesting they have these noise makers but they were suicide bombs going off."
Harper did not know that would be the beginning of a series of bombs. Harper explains those in the stadium kept calm as more noises errupted from outside, eventually becoming aware of the attacks.
Now days after the attack Harper says she can see a difference in everyday life.
Harper says, "When you ride the Metro, especially the last two days if you've ridden the Metro, people definitely stayed away from anyone that is slightly not white Christian."
While people are aware of the tension, Harper says its not keeping them from living their lives.
"There are more people out today then I have seen on any other Sunday. Usually Sundays are pretty calm but there were a bunch of people out on the streets just saying they're going to live their lives the way they're going to live them we dont care what going on."
Though friends and family of Harper are concerned, the motivated student plans to stay in Paris for her final semester at the University of Florida.
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