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Wholesome: Dancer Chooses Not To Post On Instagram After THON

Editor’s note: This story is part of Onward State’s April Fools’ Day series. It is satirical, meant for entertainment, and not to be taken literally. Any quotes were made up for the purpose of this post.

THON: The one weekend a year when Penn Staters can come together for a common goal: to end the fight against childhood cancer Instagram clout.

Raising $13.7 million for a cure is an incredible accomplishment, and dedicating your free time to helping kids live life a little easier is very selfless. There’s even the added benefit of capping things off with an aesthetically pleasing Instagram post.

Let’s face it…We’ll do anything it takes to get on Katie Feeney’s level. Life as an influencer seems pretty damn sweet.

Following THON Weekend, your Instagram feed is most likely flooded with posts about a dancer’s “best weekend of their life.” Dancers have been saving their Instagram captions in their Notes app for months by the time February rolls around.

This time, though, one THON dancer boldly chose against putting up a post-THON Instagram post. We sat down with the trailblazing student to ask the question we’ve all been wondering: “Why?”

“I realized that literally nobody cares to see me put my hands in a diamond formation,” Hailey Jones said. “Plus, there’s not a shot anybody reads the 27-line caption that I planned on posting.”

Jones realized that she could go to the event, complete an incredible journey filled with blood, sweat, and tears, and then just…go home.

“Skipping the post relieved so much stress,” Jones said. “I was worried for weeks if my featured image should be me blowing bubbles with my org’s THON child or me hugging my friends crying during the Final Four.”

Jones hopes that her bravery inspires THON dancers in the future not to worry about which filter they’ll slap onto their photo. Instead of worrying about capturing the moment, she encourages dancers to live in the moment.

“If I can get just two dancers to follow in my footsteps next year, I’ll feel like I made an influence,” Jones continued. “Please…just go to sleep when the weekend ends.”

After all, THON is For The Kids…not the Instagram likes.

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Colleen Nersten

Colleen is a washed-up biology grad and former associate editor. Her legacy will live on through stories like “10 Questions With State College Sensation ‘Hot UPS Bae’”. If you’re a STEM girlie, this is your sign to take the leap of faith and learn to write. It’s pretty fun. Colleen misses the hate mail and can be reached at [email protected] or via LinkedIn.

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