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A Conversation With a Columbine Survivor

Marjorie Lindholm on Life After Columbine and Advice in the Wake of School Shootings

What else would you want to say about your process or what you would want people to keep in mind who've just gone through it?

I think one thing to keep in mind is this is not going to define who they are. Even though right now it feels like this is their whole world and it just came crashing down and their lives are shattered, they are going to go to lunch again one day and laugh with their friends and not think about this. And they're going to get through it, even though it's going to take some time. And they can't be mad at themselves if it takes six months, a year, five years, 10 years, because everyone has their own pace in healing. But eventually, it will happen and if they keep that in mind, I think there's light at the end of the tunnel.

What's ahead for you? What are you looking forward to now?

I should be getting my bachelor's next year. And then this summer, I'm applying to a master's program for a physician's assistant.

Congratulations. Do you think you'll do another book?

This first book was really for a middle-school aged group, so the reading is really easy and I glossed over some of the other things because I didn't really want to recognize them in myself at that time. But I think that now that I've gone through so many speaking engagements and interviews, I'd like to write a college-level type book, especially for people in my age group.

Reviewed on February 19, 2008

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