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Your THON 2018 Prep Checklist

The hundreds of dancers who will stand for 46 hours have been officially selected and THON is less than three weeks away. It’s time to get ready for what’s simultaneously the busiest weekend of the year — for more than 15,000 students — and the slowest weekend of the year — for everyone else on campus and in State College. Here’s what you should do to get your mind and body prepared for THON Weekend.

Cut out caffeine.

If you’re relying on your cup of sludge to get you through a full day of classes, you might be in for a rude awakening come THON weekend. Cut out caffeine now to get it out of your system in time — some former dancers suggest switching to tea first and then cutting your daily fix out altogether. Even if you’re not dancing, this will help you keep up your stamina in the stands or on your committee shifts.

Hit the gym.

One thing’s for sure during THON: Your legs will eventually get sore. If you’re planning to stand all 46, try to keep up with your cardio over the next few weeks. Most importantly, make sure you’re stretching. There are plenty of fitness classes to help you with this (May I suggest Power Remix or warm yoga?), or rely on your dancer partner to be your workout buddy. Stay limber now and it’ll pay off big when your dancer relations committee member is stretching you out in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Wear in your best sneakers.

The last thing you need during THON is a blister, and one of the easiest ways to prevent this is to make sure you break in your sneakers well before THON weekend. Get a pair that fits your feet well wear them to walk around campus and work out at the gym. Try them with plenty of different socks to limit any possible surprises.

Stock up on THON gear.

Just because your mom’s Amazon Prime account gets you free two-day shipping doesn’t mean you should use it. You’ll want to spend the week before THON preparing yourself mentally and physically, so the earlier you can gather your gear, the better. Think high socks, tutus, and fanny packs. Check these THON essentials off your list before the McLanahan’s shelves are emptied.

Get ahead on your schoolwork.

You might be dreading this, but a few hours in the library next weekend instead of at a daylong could pay off big time. If you’re able to get ahead on a few assignments coming up, you’ll thank yourself when you can take a nap the Monday after THON ends instead of reading another chapter of that history textbook or scrambling to finish the last few problems of your physic homework.


We hope this one goes without saying, but you’ll certainly miss out on some valuable snoozing opportunities during THON weekend. Start to get your sleep schedule on track now for the best chance of surviving THON weekend.

What else are you doing to prepare for THON? Let us know in the comments. We dance in 18!

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Elissa Hill

Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


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