February 17, 2013 at 5:36 AM
Each year, THON's 46 hours come with feelings of anticipation, exhilaration and ultimately exhaustion. For dancers, seeing a familiar face as soon as the dance marathon comes to an end may brighten their mood as they attempt to alleviate their inevitable physical and mental fatigue.
Although his parents do not quite comprehend THON's purpose, Mark O'Reilly (senior-music) said he would like to see them right after THON concludes. He said he has unsuccessfully tried to explain the event's purpose by showing them his gear and videos.
"When I told them I would be dancing, they asked me what dance I was doing," he said.
For Saige Marinoff (sophomore-undecided), however, explaining THON to her mother, the first person she would like to see, will no longer be an issue. Marinoff said her mother is a first-time THON attendee and has a more profound understanding of what the dance marathon seeks to do now.
For dancer Don Park (senior-civil engineering), the first person he wants to see is his roommate. Though his roommate is not a dancer, he put in comparable efforts into THON in different ways, he said.
"Seeing him would be a validation that we both put work into it, and we both made it," he said.