THON From The Other Side

THON From The Other Side

The different perspectives of being at THON.

Emily Ciolko

On February 15, 16, and 17, Penn State will join together and hold their annual dance marathon, THON, for pediatric cancer. Last year, THON was life-changing. The energy in the room is indescribable and the passion pouring out from each person in the arena is endless. I was honored to take part in my first THON last year and am humbled to be able to do so again.

Last year I was a part of the Rules and Regulations Committee. Although this allowed me to meet more people and make friends as a freshman, it was not my favorite committee. I am not a confrontational person and did not enjoy making people upset by telling them what to do if they broke a rule. I even got yelled at during one point at THON for not telling someone they can't have an inflatable. I am still unsure why that is a rule. Overall, I did not necessarily enjoy my time on the committee other than messing around with my now best friend Maude.

Nonetheless, Rules and Regulations did have its perks. I was able to be on the floor three times and got to experience what only a select few can at THON. Being on the floor was my favorite part about THON. Maude and I danced like mad people and got to interact with the Four Diamonds families and dancers. I was having the time of my life. I even got to block the stage and be close to the performers. If I am going to miss anything from that committee, it will definitely be my experience on the floor. And Maude of course!

This year is going to be different. This year I am going to be experiencing THON from a different viewpoint. This year I chose to stand with my sorority Delta Zeta. I decided that a committee wasn't for me and chose to do a chair position for DZ. I am beyond excited to experience THON with all my best friends by my side and not just Maude (even though she was a blast to be around!). I never got the chance to be with them last year as I was constantly busy and tired from my committee shifts.

Even though I won't be able to be on the floor this year, I know it will still be an unforgettable experience dancing the weekend away with my sisters, and I cannot wait to see the outcome this year! Let's go State!

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