Liberating girls from the elliptical.


You're probably wondering, what the heck is CHAARG??

CHAARG is an organization that aims to inspire and empower college age girls to find a passion for health and fitness. They aim to prove that fitness can and should be fun, and provides different types of workouts so that each girl can 'find their fit'. The CHAARG community has over 10,000 supportive and empowering girls involved.

CHAARG 'combines good friends + a good workout to keep every girl feeling her happiest + healthiest self'.

CHAARG was founded by Elizabeth Tavierne with the goal to bring the organization to every university in the United States and currently resides at over 50 different universities all over the nation. CHAARG has been featured in USA Today, Women'sHealth, Cosmopolitan, and The Washington Post.

The way CHAARG works is each week the chapter teams up with a local fitness studio to provide an hour-long class known as a 'studio spotlight' to provide several opportunities to gain exposure to different types of fitness. You also meet with a small group of girls of about 10-20 to do a small group workout, or grab smoothies together! It provides a community of supportive and motivating girls on campus that can hold you accountable for staying committed to your fitness journey.

CHAARG also features their very own podcast, run also by president and founder, Elizabeth Tavierne as well as a blog she also writes for. They also create their own FitPlans which are virtual workouts that can be done anywhere at any time and have an apparel shop full of cute things.

I recently just joined CHAARG this year at my college, Syracuse University, and can not wait to get involved!

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Best College Towns in America

The top ten best college towns.

College, oh what a time. Some of the best memories of your life will happen in college; you have football, friends, parties, and Greek life. A college town can really make or break the atmosphere of college. If you're a senior in high school and wanting the full experience in college and a fun place to call your home for the next 4 years you might want to check out these towns and their universities there.

1. Oxford, MS

Not many college towns can come close to Oxford. This charming southern town is home to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels. Everything from the nightlife, to the campus being ranked Most Beautiful by USAToday.com and their football makes Oxford the best college town on this list. This one is for sure on the bucket list for places you should visit.

2. Boulder, CO

Boulder comes to number 2 of this list because of many factors. First, UC Boulder is located looking toward mountains. I don't know very many colleges that have that good of a view out their window. Another is that the the amount of outdoor activities you can do in Boulder are so many, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing. If you love the outdoors then Boulder might be the place for you.

3. Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor is home to The University of Michigan. On top of being an amazing school academically their good in sports too. The small Michigan town is located about 35 miles from Detroit yet keeps that young hip feel. With cute shops and museums in the town, it makes it have that fun college feel.

4. Athens, GA (UGA)

Cause who doesn't love a small southern college town. People have compared Athens to Oxford for the nightlife and atmosphere of the city.

5. Cambridge, MA

Probably one you didn't think you'd see on this list is Cambridge, Mass. The town is outside Boston and known to being the home of MIT and Harvard University. Cambridge makes this list because of all the job opportunities it offers, location, colleges and for the what the town offers. The town might be outside Boston yet it still has that small town college feel to it. With MIT and Harvard being there the town is filled with college students. Art galleries, coffee shops, bookstores, and bars fill the town famous for its schools.

6. Fayetteville, AR

You may not know what to think when you think of Arkansas but let me tell you. Fay is beyond beautiful. The population is kept young here with college students and young families coming here for everything the town has to offer. Fayetteville is also more hip than most college towns (it being the most in my opinion). If you're looking for something outdoorsy to do Devil's Den State Park (30 minutes outside of Fayetteville) is a beautiful place to hike and watch the sunrise or set. This town loves their Arkansas Razorback football and their food. You won't find too many chain restaurants here. Most of the places are local.

7. Austin, TX

ATX is not only home to The University of Texas Austin, but one of the leading cities for young people and one of the top places to flock to for jobs. Austin is also home to South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits music festival. With numerous galleries, restaurants and good nightlife, ATX makes takes #6 on our list. And remember, keep Austin weird :)

8. Baton Rouge, LA

Tigerland. Enough said.

9. Tuscaloosa, AL

Ah, the Crimson Tide. They might have the best football team in the country but their town is alright. They deserve to be put on this list but the only amazing thing about T-town is their nightlife.

10. Gainesville, FL

Gainesville is home to the Florida Gators but there is more to this town than the university. Downtown Gainesville is a must to visit. It's full of restaurants, bars, and the city has numerous museums, parks and shops to offer to visitors and locals alike.

So if you're looking to go to school in a fun college town or wanting to visit some to get the full experience these are the places you need to visit! There are many other amazing towns that didn't make the list but are still worth going to experience.

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5 Reasons Your 8 A.M. Class Could Be A Good Thing Instead Of Your Worst Nightmare

8 am might feel like the crack of dawn, but trust me, it's not that bad.


Starting off college, you'll always hear the words, "Don't have any morning classes, especially an 8 a.m.," but all in all, could morning classes actually be better for you? Before you go to drop that morning class for one in the late afternoon, here's a couple reasons to not.

1. You're done earlier in the day. 

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If you're like me, the morning is not your friend, but once you get yourself up and out there, you're ready to go. If you take morning classes, you can be done by noon or earlier, leaving so much time in the day for social activities, school-work, a job, or just going back to bed.

2. Less people are up, which means shorter lines and shorter waits. 

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Most of the same people who told you to skip out on morning classes wait 20 or more minutes in the Starbucks line to get their morning boost. If you take up the opportunity to have early morning classes, the wait at all food places, as well as searching for a parking spot can be so much faster, because those losers are still asleep.

3. You can get more done.

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If you're done earlier, you have plenty of time in the day to be productive and get things done. Hit the library after class and get that work done so that you have plenty of time to go out with your friends later, while still getting it all done. Good grades and going out? Talk about killing this college game.

4. You'll pay more attention. 

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Those early morning classes mean that you're probably one of the only people in your friend group awake. Since they're all asleep, there are less snaps and texts to check. Put the phone down and pay attention because paying attention means those good grades we all need.

5. You're prepared for "adulting."

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Sure, sleeping in is something we all love to do, but after college, we'll have to drag ourselves out of bed for a job. Taking early classes now and getting used to waking up in the morning could better help you in your working adult life. Working is the end goal, so let's start practicing now.

All in all, morning classes definitely have their pros and cons, and it depends on who you are as a person if they're for you or not. But before you swipe them off for their bad reputation, give them a chance, because they might help you out.

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