In addition to the other interviews we got with dancers at THON this weekend, the SITR team also got to interview Penn State senior Sammy Papas earlier this weekend!
What made you want to get involved in THON?
Sammy: I’ve been involved in committees for three years, and I was always taking care of dancers. This is my first time on the floor and playing with the kids, and I really enjoy it.
How did you feel when you found out you were dancing in THON?
Sammy: It was the best feeling of my entire life! I found out in October. We had ten people to fill five spots, so I was honored and really happy.
How did you prepare for being a dancer?
Sammy: A lot of it is mental. But I’m also a nutrition major and kinesiology minor, and I’ve worked as a physical therapist. I eat healthy, so I’ve already got that.
What songs would you like to hear the most at THON?
Sammy: “Home” by Phillip Phillips, “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia, and “Anything Can Happen” by Ellie Goulding. I’ve been listening to that a lot lately. It’s the perfect song. I love it.
What’s the favorite song you’ve heard so far?
Sammy: I requested “Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews band, and one of the bands played it so already, so that was awesome.
What’s the role of music in THON in your opinion?
Sammy: It’s what keeps the energy up and everyone motivated and happy. Before, the music stopped and everyone was moving slower. It’s the heart of THON, so it keeps everyone going.