As you can tell by my pompadour and the winged eyeliner, I’m obviously feeling myself.
And rightfully so.
Classes are in full swing and I am so proud that I passed my first exam of the semester for one of my classes. I will say, the hardest part about going back to school is relearning how to learn. But I’m enjoying it, even when it is incredibly stressful.
It is never too late to do anything you want to do. You just have to have the nerve to do it.
Side note: still an SEC girl. Don’t let the hoodie fool you (thank you Nana ☺️)
130618 February, 2020
16,500 Penn State students have worked tirelessly for a year to pull this shindig off and it’s gonna be AMAZING.
700+ dancers will stand on the edge of sheer exhaustion as they stay standing until Sunday.
46 hours of dancing, live music, this year’s line dance, fun with their org’s THON child, yummy food, surprise guests, hearing “dancer relations captains to the stage”, “WE ARE” and “FOR THE KIDS” yelled by thousands of people in the stands at decibels higher than you thought possible. There will be headaches, muscle cramps, blisters, fallen arches, aching muscles but there will also be massages, stretches, medical staff and laughter that makes you forget what hurts.
And there’s 1 cause.
They do it #ftk 🎗 FOR THE KIDS!
They do it so families don’t pay a single dime for their child’s cancer treatment.
They do it so the families can pay their electric bills.
They do it so the families can afford to take off work, stay in hotels to be with their child while he/she is sick.
I start crying my eyes out the moment I step from the concourse into the arena of the Bryce Jordan Center. @antcvll can attest to this. Who am I kidding? I’m crying NOW as I type this!
What happens this weekend is as close to magic as I’ve ever been.
To the 16,500 students,
Since 1973 they’ve raised $157 million for pediatric cancer research and the families!
To the FOUR DIAMAONDS families,
You’re in my prayers and I donate in YOUR honor so that one day no parent has to hear the words, “Your child has cancer.”
Go to THON.org to find out more, to watch THON livestream and to donate. Every dollar counts. Whether it’s $1 or $1000, you could be saving a life. 🔷🔷🔷🔷🎗🔷🔷🔷🔷 I’ll be documenting on my stories and through IG LIVE if possible.
If you feel so moved to share this post, someone who sees YOUR share may donate and that would be AMAZEBALLS! Imagine the possibilities!
This bench is mine. I called it.
It’s in the Peace Garden which sits adjacent to Old Main on Penn State’s University Park campus.
When it comes to favorite places to be, State College is dead tie with the beach. And if you know anything about me you know I LOVE the beach.
And one of my favorite times to be here is THON weekend. It’s so hard to put into words. I needed to sit a minute today and just reflect.
They say home is where your ♥️ is. Mine is here. In the 814.
When I have really bad days and my emotions are all over the place, it’s this campus I picture to soothe my soul. So, if you know I’ve had a rough day and I end up missing, you’ll find me here.
Probably not on this bench.
I’ll def be at the PHYRST! ☘️🍺
Missing NYC and Carnegie Hall! 🎵
Catch the Penn State oboes at these upcoming concerts: 💙Feb 26 - Concert and Symphonic Band 💙March 3 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble 💙March 5 - Philharmonic Orchestra performing Mahler 3 #PSUOBOES#PSUMUSIC#swenyc
Every school day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. This weekend 700+ dancers will stand for 46 hours along w/ 16,500+ student volunteers in the culmination of a year long fundraising effort benefiting the @fourdiamonds Together THON and Four Diamonds works tirelessly to ensure children & families fighting this heartless disease have as much support as they could need, from state of the art facilities, treatments, and research to never once seeing a bill for the care needed. This organization has given so much to me over the years I will be endlessly grateful.
If you are able, please consider going to donate.thon.org to contribute to this amazing cause, every penny get us closer to a cure! We will ~Journey Together~ FOR THE KIDS! FOR THE FIGHT! FOR A CURE! #THON2020#FTK#THON2016#6abcftk#THONalumni#weare#pennstate#fourdiamonds
So proud of our Godchild Reiley! THON 2020 Dancer! You worked hard to achieve this goal and we are glad to be there to see you in this extraordinary event to help raise money for pediatric cancer. We love you Reiley and are so proud of you and the amazing woman you are! 💙 #weare#pennstate#pennstatethon2020#forthekids#thon2020 🎗
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The time has come and we are approaching the month of March! Your #NittanyLions have 5 games left as of today and are sitting in second place in the #B10 ! We have three away games and two home games left in which these games mean a lot for seeding in the #Big10Tournament ! I think we will win 4 and struggle to beat #LukaGarza in Iowa! Comment how many wins you think we will get in our last 5 games!!🦁
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Last night was not only senior night but our last two regular season games. It has been an honor to be able to cheer, dance and stunt with this incredible group of women. Our progress has been amazing and we truly have been through it this season but we made it! Forever screaming blue & white 💙🦁!!! I love you ladies so much🥺🥳. 📣I also just wanted to take the time and shout-out our coach for being one of the best coaches I've ever had. She truly pushed us to be what we are and always believed in us and gave us the time and space to try new things. Thank you for believing in me personally as well and letting me be on the team! Love you coach! 🤩📣 #SquadOnThree#collegecheerleading#psumacheer#mymontalto#pennstate#CheerleadingHighlights
THON, @pennstate's 46 hour dance marathon is under way this weekend. The event funds pediatric cancer research and patient support, and is entirely student run. ...
At the head is Regina Duesler, 22, a Huntingdon Valley native majoring in accounting and finance. The job, she said, has been a dream come true.“It’s probably the most impactful thing I have done in my life and I will do in the foreseeable future,” she said.
Roughly 700 students are dancing in this year's event. It’s billed as the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, netting $168 million for pediatric cancer research and family support since it started nearly a half century ago.
All weekend long, reporter Susan Snyder and videographer @kristenbalderas are on location at @pennstatethon. Click on the link in our bio to read their stories throughout the weekend. And check out out Instagram Story all weekend long as we talk to students on the floor about why they THON.
📸 by @kristenbalderas / Staff
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ROAR LION ROAR 🦁 I can attest I was actually roaring in this pic. 22 miles around Penn State for the kids earlier💙🤍🎗 So honored to be involved with Hope from Coast to Coast. Still time to donate tonight to be included in the Penn State final total. I was at an alumni reception after the run and heard the personal story of a four diamond child and Penn State Alumni Colin. He stressed the importance of the impact four diamonds fund had during his treatment and inspired to do more and is currently studying to become a doctor at the Hershey Medical Center. When you donate to Four Diamonds fund you are investing in these children’s cure and future. #runinrabbit#borntorunfree#radrabbit#hfc2c#pennstate#pennstatethon#goodr#goodrflamboyance#bikegoodr
229105 hours ago
STATE COLLEGE!!!! I’ll be in you this Thursday for another cute competition at @the_arena_bar !! $5 Cover 21+
The Four Diamonds Fund helps to provide emotional and financial support to children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Their mission is to ensure that no family sees a medical bill for their treatment costs, so they can focus on what matters most - the health of their child.