Here’s How THON Differs For Different Types Of Orgs
Dozens of different organizations work together every year to make build THON total. Although all organizations work for the same cause, they are not all alike. We compared three different experiences between four different orgs to see what THON is like through their eyes.
Sophomore Alyssa Inman started where many freshman do: with a THON org. As an org member she got her first taste of THON in 2015. Now, a year later, Inman is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and she compared the differences.
“THON orgs are a lot bigger, so you don’t get to know everyone. This can feel a little awkward when you’re standing in the stands during THON weekend,” Inman admitted. “You’re still raising money for the kids though, so it’s awesome.”
Though she enjoyed being apart of a THON org, she feels more connected now that she is celebrating with her sorority.
“I like it better now that I can experience THON with people I’m close to,” Inman said. “It makes THON more meaningful that I can experience it with people I love.”
Sydney Anderson is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi, but will be splitting her time between her sorority and a THON committee this year. As part of the OPPerations committee, Anderson is working on and off the floor all weekend. The differences in experiencing THON with a committee and with Greek life are unique, but Anderson too enjoys both opportunities.
“Being a member of a committee, we all have a common ground,” Anderson said. “We all work towards one weekend together which makes it more special.”
That being said she still enjoys sharing the THON experience with her sisters.
“In a sorority THON comes off as more general,” she said. “That being said, people are passionate wherever you are.”
Christine Sibley is also involved in Greek life, but is an active member of the club swim team as well, and participates in THON for both orgs. Sibley, however, doesn’t see many differences between her two organizations except the size.
“Being apart of a club sport means you are with a smaller group usually,” Sibley admitted. “When you’re in a sorority you are paired with a frat, so more people are involved.”
“That being said it’s still a lot of fun.”
Whether you choose to spend your THON weekend with your committee, special interest org, sorority, fraternity, or club, everyone’s out here for the same reason. While the experiences differ from group to group, any way you THON is a good way to THON.
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