In honor of CHAARG’s 6th [!!] birthday, we asked 6 former Ambassadors to share their CHAARG journeys — in only 6 questions ; ). From their lives before CHAARG to the reasons why they became the leaders of their chapters to what they’re up to post-grad ++ so much more more, meet some of our OG CHAARG girls!

Meet Emily Ganz [also known as Ganzy] — former Purdue University CHAARG Ambassador! Emily heard about CHAARG through her good friend, former IU member, Hannah Wieckowski. *I’m forever in debt to her for helping me change my life <3*

#1] What was college + fitness like for you before CHAARG?

I started digging deeper into my fitness journey freshman year of college — I was no longer playing sports so I was really dipping my toes into a little bit of everything! I would say I stuck to a very basic running/weight routine though. Before joining CHAARG I received my ACE certification for personal training + group fitness which really expanded my horizon to what fitness is / can be!

#2] Why did you want to be a CHAARG Ambassador?

I wanted to become an ambassador because I knew what a positive impact health + fitness had played in my life ++ wanted to show my friends + other girls at Purdue that it can have a positive impact on them too!

#3] What’s your favorite CHAARG memory?

Oh gosh, so many but probably my favorite was welcome parties. In the Fall it was our first welcome party + we had planned on a BBQ outside, but like typical mid-west weather, it down poured ALL DAY. We ended up squeezing 40+ girls in my tiny apart but the energy was UNREAL — everyone was so excited to see where CHAARG would take them! I remember standing on one of our kitchen stools to take a picture of all the girls + that’s when it hit me that CHAARG was here to stay at Purdue.

#4] Do you have advice for a new CHAARG girl? How can she make the most out of her membership?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there a little bit. Trying new workouts + meeting new friends can be scary + awkward BUT this is a community that loves you for YOU — introduce yourself to the exec team, say hello to new faces at weekly workouts / small groups + sign up for that workout you thought you’d never try!

#5] What does being #inCHAARG mean to you?

Being inCHAARG to me is aiming true to who I am. Aiming true means doing the things that make me happy + help me grow as a person. When I am doing those things I know that I am working on the best version of myself which of course is what CHAARG strives for with every CHAARGie!

#6] What’s been the hardest challenge as a post-grad?

Putting myself out there! In college, we are thrown into a bubble almost where everyone is looking to make new friends + find their group. So, moving to a city where I didn’t know anyone was definitely challenging but it has helped me grow so much + forced me outside my comfort zone for which I am really thankful for!

Currently, Emily is a Patient Experience Coordinator at a nonprofit Dialysis company called DCI! As for her wellness journey? *Right now I have been working on improving my running while balancing it with strength training! I follow @runwithnader who is really teaching me the importance of being a well-rounded runner!* Emily also is working on appreciating her body for what it does as well as what it looks like. *Lately I’ve been looking in the mirror seeing a body that I love rather than immediately jumping to criticism + thinking what I need to change. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely still have my days like everyone but I am learning love every inch my body!*

You can follow Emily’s running journey by checking out her insta — @ganzai_inchaarg.

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