Goddard and Heeger have healed remarkably, their injuries not easily apparent to the average person they might pass on the Virginia Tech campus. They both say they have a newfound appreciation for life and how to live it.
Sterne now can walk without the use of a crutch, but he still cannot run. "I'm just glad to be walking," he said. This fall, he returns to Virginia Tech to begin a graduate program.
Habtu also plans to attend graduate school, but she must wait another six months before she can have the surgeries needed to repair her jaw. She looks forward to moving on, but it is difficult for her to put the shooting behind her while she is still constantly aware of the pain of her injury. "I want to do all these things, but right now, my life is on hold," she said.
"Right now, every day I look in the mirror and I am reminded that I can't do something that I could do before. I can never forget even if I wanted to."
Despite their obstacles, the students are determined to recover and not let Cho's actions define their lives. McQuade, who still has complex surgeries ahead of him and no guarantee that he will ever regain use of the right side of his face, knows how he wants to remember April 16 — as little as possible.
"I don't really plan to look back on it ever," he said. "I don't want this to be the most important event in my life. In fact, I don't want it to be in the Top 100."