by Mehreen Hoque

Written by: Shae Bagrosky and Taylor Horrell 

Written February 1st, 2023

THON Weekend is fast approaching! Here are a few essentials and tips to know before the weekend get here: 

For THON Committee Members: 

  1. Bring snacks and a reusable water bottle! You are going to get tired and a quick granola bar and a few sips of water can go a long way in keeping up your energy. It is a long weekend so make sure to take care of yourself! 
  1. Wear comfy shoes and layers! You are going to be on your feet a lot, so a good pair of shoes is essential. Layers are also important because it is February and quite cold outside, but the BJC will be warm inside.  
  1. Bring a clear bag and an empty fanny pack! The BJC permits a single one-gallon Ziploc bag per person. Then an empty fanny pack will be allowed THON weekend, which can then be carried around with you as you are working.  
  1. A few self-care things! Some gum/mints, dry shampoo, hand sanitizer, and even a fresh pair of socks can go a long way to make you feel refreshed during your long working shifts THON weekend.  
  1. A few extras! A portable charger and something to pull long hair back out of your face are just a few more things that are strongly recommended for all CMs THON weekend. 

A few tips leading up to and during THON weekend: 

  1. Make sure to get as much sleep as possible leading up to the weekend! There are not a ton of opportunities to sleep, so getting as much sleep as you can beforehand will help you to make it through the weekend. 
  1. Get all your work through Sunday February 19th before the weekend starts! After such a long weekend, you are not going to want to go home and do any kind of homework.  
  1. Make sure to dress comfortably! You are going to be doing a lot of moving around, so make sure to be comfortable in whatever it is you decide to wear.  
  1. Drink lots of water! The best way to feel tired faster is a lack of hydration. Make sure to always keep your water bottle full. 
  1. Elevate your feet! Your feet are going to be super tired and elevating them will help to alleviate the exhaustion. If you can’t elevate them, sitting down for a minute will also help. 

Some things that are needed for THON Weekend that you can bring from home: 

  1. Bubbles! These are a big hit with the kids and can easily be carried around in your fanny pack. 
  1. Tennis balls, beach balls, and footballs! These make great toys for all the kids to play with while they are there.  
  1. Balloons! Having a few balloons floating around THON weekend makes for a very fun atmosphere and the kids love them. 
  1. Water guns! Who doesn’t like playing around with water guns?