Hurricane Sandy was definitely a very difficult time for everyone in the northeast region. Initially I did not realize how hard it was going to hit us, because the previous year Hurricane Irene did not have such a strong effect on my town. Of course we did not leave the house, and there were a few fallen trees, however it did not affect us like Hurricane Sandy did.
Even though I wasn’t expecting a very severe hurricane, my parents still prepared for the worst. They requested me to come home and stay even though many of my friends were still on campus. I figured being with my family during this difficult time would make the most sense. When the hurricane hit initially we did not lose any electricity even though many families around us did. My sister and I decided to end our boredom by watching random television shows, and just as we found something that interested us, the power went out. We were hoping it was just a quick power shortage, and that the power would be back within the hour. We were in for a big surprise. We did not have warm water or power for five days.
For those five days we charged our laptops and phones inside of my mom’s car, and used them until they had to be charged again and again. During that time, we went on a hunt for all of our old DVDs in our basement, and brought them all up one by one to watch on the laptop. We would listen to the radio from time to time to find out if there were any updates regarding the power outage. The entire time I couldn’t wait for everything to get back to normal so I could return to school and start enjoying my life again.
It was one afternoon when my mom and I were in the car listening to the radio, when I realized that we didn’t have it nearly as bad as people in other towns. People’s homes and cars were completely ruined, and they had no way of fixing their situations at the time. At that moment I realized that whatever issues I was going through were trivial compared to that of people who lived close to the shore, whose homes were completely tarnished by the hurricane.
The remainder of my time at home I just enjoyed the company of those around me. I appreciated the warmth of our fire and space heater, while curling up with my dog. I sat with my mom and we would talk about random things, while we waited for our power to come back. During the fifth day, I found out that the there was hot water and power at my sorority house, so I decided to come back to Rutgers for the evening. Soon after I returned to Rutgers the power at my house back in South Brunswick returned as well.
Rutgers seemed like a ghost town during the hurricane. There were many fallen trees and closed roads, so getting to my sorority house was a bit of a challenge. Even though the power had returned at my house, I decided to stay on campus because I had a very difficult time getting there. Many of the roads were closed and a lot of the traffic signals were not working. I had to find alternate routes to get to...