What year are you?

Where are you from?
Harleysville, PA

How did you end up here at Penn State?
My cooler older sister went here for undergrad and grad school, so of course I had to copy everything that she does. It's the only school I applied to and I haven't looked back (or left) since.

What is your Major? Minor? Why?
Criminology with a minor in French & Francophone Studies. I would like to hopefully go to law school someday and also want to be able to talk about people in a different language so that they can't understand me. (kidding (but am I really))

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love going to concerts or really any place to hear live music. I also love spending time with my friends and family any chance I get!

What’s a fun fact about you?
My full name is actually just Katie. It isn't a nickname for Katherine or anything like that.

Where do you hope to see yourself ten years from now?
Working hopefully somewhere in a large city

What are you most proud of?
I started a Mini-THON at my high school. We raised a lot of money, but also got to share THON's history, values and mission to hundreds of people who might not have been exposed to it otherwise. The second event just happened this past April and hopefully will continue to grow!

Why did you decide to get involved with THON?
My sister danced in THON 2014 representing Penn State Law and my family came up that year to support her. The moment we entered the BJC, I knew THON was something very special.

How did you end up joining Springfield?
One of my best friends from home dragged me in (and I'm thankful that she did!)

What is your favorite thing about Springfield?
It is always said that Springfield is a family, and it as cliche as it is, that's exactly what we are. It's my home away from home

What is your favorite Springfield memory?
It's really hard to pick a favorite memory, but mine was probably THON Weekend 2017. I was lucky enough to have been paired with Sarah Bevilacqua as her DRCM, meaning we got to spend the entire weekend with our families or dancing the night away with other Springfielders (can't forget the crying and stretching, too). At one point in the middle of the night, a bunch of us, including probably 4 or 5 dancers, went looking for the "mystery tour" and were told to go up the stairs to the mez level (this definitely shouldn't have happened) just to be sent back down. It was actually the history tour and we never found it so in my mind it's still the mystery tour. Also, after being snuck in, I got to spend the last eight hours in Section 120 and those moments are something that I'll never forget. All 46 hours were representative of how strong, supportive and crazy we are as an org and taught me what it really means to be a Springfielder.

If you could describe Springfield in one word, what would it be?

What impact has Springfield had on you and your college experience?
Springfield has given me some of my best friends that I am so excited to continue to get to know and make more memories with in the next three years. It has also led me to new opportunities, experiences, and clubs that I am also involved with on campus- I can not imagine my life at Penn State without it.

Why do you THON?
I THON for Kenzie, for Taiven, for Calli and for our angel Xavier. I THON so that every kid can grow up to find something that they love and get to pursue their own dreams- I THON for more, bigger and brighter tomorrows.