9/3/19: Máire McLaughlin

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Name: Máire McLaughlin
Hometown: West Chester, PA
Graduated: May 2019 :(
FOTO cred: CAR (beep beep) Communications Alumni Relations 2018-19, Danced in THON 2019

Hey FOTO Fam! Máire here, writing to you from the land of post-grad! If you are new to FOTO, Penn State, or just looking for an awesome THON Org to join you have come to the perfect place! When I went to the involvement fair as a freshman I was super overwhelmed and signed up for about 27 different SI Orgs. I had no idea what “SI Org” even meant at the time, but I just decided to roll with it. I went to my first FOTO meeting and I immediately knew I found my new home. Nearly 5 years later, I can wholeheartedly say that joining FOTO was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has gifted me with so much in my life. It has given me my best friends, a million memories and most importantly it has taught me the importance of being involved in something so much bigger than yourself. You are about to become involved in one of the coolest organizations ever. You are going to help to so many families with all of your hard work, from ribbon sales, mailing THONvelopes and setting-up donation boxes! Not to mention you will meet the FOTO families who are the most precious, cutest and sweetest children on earth. I hope you enjoy every moment of it, because one day you’re 18 and planning what to pack in your fanny-pack and drawstring bag for your first THON. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing someday is today and you will find yourself missing the strangers that you quickly came to know as your FOTO Family. Good luck this year and have a blast!!!!

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