Where are you from?
What year are you and how long have you been in Springfield?
Rising Senior, all 4 years babyyyyy
Why did you join Springfield?
I knew I wanted to get involved in THON so I did what a lot of freshmen do in the first few weeks of the semester: "shop around" and see what other THON orgs are like. I instantly fell in love with Springfield's passion for their adopted families and all Four Diamonds families. Hearting the way Springfielders talked about our kids, I could tell that everyone who met our families were truly inspired by them and I wanted a part of that. I got involved in all aspects of Springfield from the get-go but my favorite part was going on family visits and spending time with our incredible little superheroes.
What is your favorite Springfield memory?
Hands. Down. My favorite memory was meeting the Schopf family for the first time after we adopted them my sophomore year. Taiven was a little shy at first but warmed up after realizing that us crazy college kids were his new family. Tammy and Dean - Taiven's parents - were so hospitable and kind to all of us, I just knew they were a perfect fit with our organization and the Colons, Silbaughs, and Robertsons. There were times throughout the day that I had to take a step back and take everything in because the impact of THON is just so significant to both the families and myself.
What does Springfield mean to you?
Mitch says I can't use the word "family" (because if we were allowed to, everyone would say that) which is lame but ok I'll pick something else. Just know that that was my first choice.
Springfield has given me so much in my time at Penn State. It's given me roommates that make me laugh until I cry, really smart people who helped me get #survive calc, a group of 200+ friends who love and accept me for who I am, and a passion for philanthropy and helping others. This org has even introduced me to my future career of (hopefully) Child Life; it's crazy that something I thought would just be a "fun thing to do" in college has so strongly influenced not only my four years at Penn State, but the rest of my life.