Ah! FINALLY a CHAARG Chapter in Chicago! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time — a chapter in my favorite city! ++ to make it even better, it is led by the wonderful CARINA. It’s such a funny story how we met + shows that you never know who you are going to meet in the Nike store ; ) ++ this applies in life as well, if you don’t talk to a stranger, you may have just missed an opportunity on meeting your best friend — your partner — etc. So, SAY HI every chance you get! Anyways… long story short Carina helped me find a pair of kicks for a solid 30 minutes [with a smile on her face the whole time — while others I’m sure would be annoyed that I was being so indecisive!]. After getting to know her + finding out that she went to DePaul University, I told her that she should look into bringing CHAARG to DPU. Needless to say, she did + I’m excited to welcome Carina as the first CHAARG Ambassador of DePaul University!
Carina Coss | DePaul University
Major – Public Relations + Health Communications
Graduation Date – May 2017
Favorite Workout – Beach Runs!
Workout I Want To Try – Aerial Skills!
Favorite Healthy Snack – Blueberry + Pomegranate Smoothies
Fit Goal – To not only try in all that I do, but to triumph! \
How did you hear about CHAARG?
I first found about CHAARG through the woman who started it all — Elisabeth! I always say I think it was fate that brought me to CHAARG. I had just happened to be working at Nike Chicago when I was helping Elisabeth with shoes + we were talking about so many things, one of them being CHAARG. She had given me her card + told me I should looking into possibly starting a CHAARG Chapter at DePaul University + when I looked it up I was immediately hooked to CHAARG’s mission. I really felt like I could spread CHAARG’s mission at my university + impact the lives of so many college girls!
When was the moment that you knew you had to bring CHAARG to your school?
The moment I knew I had to bring CHAARG to DePaul University was when I fell in love with CHAARG’s Blog + especially the CHAARG Instagram! I just couldn’t get enough + I thought to myself I really need this in my life + at that moment not only did I think I needed to be in CHAARG but so did DePaul University! I loved CHAARG’s community + I knew it would flourish at DePaul. This would be my chance to impact the lives of some many college girls in a positive way.
What ignited your passion for health + fitness?
I have always loved health + fitness because my Dad was a track athlete + he has always been so big on leading a healthy, fit lifestyle that it’s something that’s innate to me since I’ve grown up with it my whole life. Throughout my years in elementary school I did every afterschool sports program from basketball + soccer all the way to volleyball + ultimate dodge ball. Eventually when I reached high school, I immediately joined the track + field team + that’s when I absolutely fell in love with the sport + running in itself. I ran competitive cross country + track throughout high school + that’s what ultimately has fueled my passion for health + fitness! I love the feeling I get when I finish a hard workout on the track + I love having anything thing with blueberries after it too! ; ) I honestly believe that if you do take of your body you can enrich your life in so many ways, being healthy + fit does way more than helping you lose weight it makes the inside you feel good about yourself. I love the quote“If you have a body, you’re an athlete.”
Aside from working out, what else do you do in your spare time?
I love traveling to new places to eat breakfast, brunch, or my favorite — French pastries. I’m always looking for an adventure when I have free time especially with my puppy Pebbles!
What excites you the most about starting a CHAARG chapter at your school?
The most exciting thing about starting a CHAARG Chapter at DePaul University will definitely be seeing this notion that I started a CHAARG Chapter not too long ago come to life + witness girls at DPU excited to be #inCHAARG! I’m so excited to see the CHAARG community not only take off, but also grow at DePaul University!
Do you go to DePaul? Email Carina at depaulCHAARG@gmail.com + learn how to get involved with CHAARG — whether as a general member, exec member, or supporter! If you know of any health + fitness professionals in the Chicago area who may be interested in leading a CHAARG event, please send them our way as well! Join the movement + #CHAARGon.