THON advice for powering through the final hours

As Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Council Dance Marathon heads into its final hours, participants, both old and new, share a few words of advice.

Matt Homewood learned early on at his first dance marathon the importance of bringing a water bottle.

“Bring the biggest water bottle you can find,” Homewood (freshmen-electrical engineering) said as he waited in line for the water fountain.

Homewood said he plans to spend a total of 29 hours at THON and his favorite part of the event is the Line Dance, but the fast-paced dance number has him going back and forth from the stands to the concourse.

Homewood said seeing so many people wanting to be involved and helping others keeps his spirits up.

In addition to staying hydrated, participants should also remember to rest.

“My advice for people who would like to participate in THON in the future would be to take breaks whenever you have the opportunity,” Delta Gamma and Sigma Phi participant Julie Tremblay said.

Tremblay (junior-public relations & political sciences) said people who are participating in THON for the first time may be too ambitious and take on too many shifts.

“The last four hours are definitely worth going to so,” Tremblay said. “You don’t want to be so tired that you can’t enjoy them.”

Tremblay also said it was nice to see the Penn State community come together for something other than football games.

“Football games are great,” Tremblay said. “But THON offers a different experience where we can help the people who need it.”

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Creed Reilly (junior-aerospace engineering) stands in between BLDV members Brad Stuby (sophomore-political science & economics) and Alison Pastore (sophomore-computer science) after stretching by the THON raffle booth. Photo by Ciara O’Callaghan/The Daily Collegian.

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