// FAST FACTS //
Major + Year: Creative Writing [Telecommunications minor] // Senior
Fav Sweat Sesh: Zumba [I’m an instructor!]
Workout I Want To Try: Trampoline workouts!
Fav Healthy Snack: Granola and Greek Yogurt
FitGoal: I want to run a marathon without letting my asthma defeat me!
// THE MOMENT //
The moment I knew I wanted to become the next CHAARG Ambassador at my university… So my last ambassador did a magnificent job of bringing CHAARG to Ball State and when she mentioned a possibility of not returning she asked me if I would be up to taking her place. My initial thought was “Seriously? Me?” I’m a horrible public speaker, I’m quiet, I’m nervous all time (sometimes for no reason at all), I just did not think I had it in me to be a leader. But the more I was pushed by the women #inchaarg they made me feel that I could do it. And so when it came time for Ambassador application…I went for it!
My passion for health + fitness was ignited when… CHAARG was brought to Ball State. I was struggling with deep depression and body issues for months at school. I was in such a funk. It was almost pretty dangerous how bad I was feeling. All it took was a Facebook post. I saw a post about CHAARG coming to Ball State, I was like, THIS IS IT. This is what I’ve needed. I never considered myself the type to join a club because I’m not very social. When I saw CHAARG I didn’t even care if there was a possibility of me not fitting in. I knew this was something I was supposed to be a part of.
// EAT //
Favorite Meal… Stir Fry!!
Favorite Indulgence… All the donuts
// SWEAT //
If you could work out with anyone dead or alive, what workout would you do + who would you work out with? Amber Rose. I ADORE Muva and I strongly believe Wiz Khalifa is a fool for letting such a strong and beautiful woman go. I think we would hit the squat rack, we are both very passionate about keeping our booties toned and tight.
A song that gets me pumped to take on a #sweatsesh is… Anything Lady Gaga or Beyonce!
// INSPIRE //
My passion is… #BlackGirlMagic — For so long I wished I was white because I truly believed my life would be easier and more people would like me. I met many young girls like me. Girls who were bullied because their skin tone was too light or too dark. Girls who were told they would be nothing more than baby mamas on welfare. I’m all about appreciating black women of different shapes, sizes, and colors. It took years of self hate to get where I am today: A proud black woman who wants to make sure nobody endures the self hatred I did.
I am #inCHAARG because… I am a strong woman physically, mentally, and emotionally. I want everyone #inCHAARG to be able to say the same.
// LIVE //
3 words to describe you are… Harry Potter Fanatic.
Fun Fact… I have five dogs! Three that are named after Harry Potter characters (Bellatrix Helena Bonham Carter Lestrange-Thomas, Sirius Regulus Arcturus Black-Thomas, and Half-Blood “Prince” Thomas)
Favorite life quote…
“I dream it, I work hard, I grind ‘til I own it”- Beyonce
Keep up with Ashya on instagram + make sure to say hello if you see her at Ball State University. : ) If you or any friends go to Ball State — email Ashya at BallStateCHAARG@gmail.com + learn how to get involved in CHAARG.
Are you interested in starting a CHAARG Chapter at your university? Apply to become an Ambassador! Head here for more info + email firstname.lastname@example.org for an app : )