Throughout this semester I have learned many new theories and concepts. Some have interested me more than others, but the one that I will remember five years from now is flashbulb memory. I can now put a word to what I have experienced multiple times throughout my whole life. Flashbulb memory is memory that is extraordinarily vivid and detailed. It is described as a "snapshot" of the moment and place that a particularly surprising or startling memory was heard.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about flashbulb memories is September eleventh. I remember every detail about that day and where I was when I had heard what happened. I was in third grade and I was sitting at my desk in social studies when my teacher, Mrs. Bukaty, told us that we were not allowed to leave the classroom or school unless instructed differently. Everyone was confused and no one knew what was going on. Shorty after that though, my mom picked me up from school and took me home. She sat me down and explained what had happened to the twin towers. I was in shock and did not know what to say. September eleventh is a day that scarred everyone for life and a day that will never be forgotten.