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JANUARY 15, 2011 • ISSUE 109

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MUM student Supriya Vidic


Sergeant Supriya Vidic in Baghdad, Iraq, with the U.S. Army


Supriya (far left) at MUM base camp with her fellow students

Supriya Vidic Transfers from the U.S. Army to MUM

Supriya Vidic is a literature major who came to MUM after serving six years in the U.S. Army. Born in the Fiji Islands, she moved to the United States at the age of 9 and joined the military at age 19.

During her first tour in South Korea, Supriya worked as a radio operator, and within two years she rose in rank to sergeant. Next she was stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ where she received advanced telecommunications training, which led to a 15-month deployment as part of the Signal Corps in Iraq.

While in Baghdad, she first worked as a telecommunications officer at the U.S. Embassy, then as project manager for her unit. In her free time, Supriya learned Arabic and volunteered at the intensive care ward of a hospital for Iraqi nationals.

In the Army, Supriya took evening and distance education classes studying psychology. In the summer of 2010, Supriya discovered MUM and learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique.

“I worked in telecommunications, so it’s really easy to get a job and make money,” said Supriya. “But I came to MUM because I wanted to have a good spiritual foundation; once I have that, the rest of my life will be easier.”

Inspired by her experience with the Transcendental Meditation technique, she learned the TM-Sidhi® program in December. In her studies, Supriya is focusing on developing her writing skills and gaining experience by writing a blog about MUM veterans. She also volunteers for a non-profit organization supporting orphans in Africa.

"Supriya has led a fascinating life," said Craig Pearson, Executive Vice-President. "Her successful career in the military, particularly as a woman and as a minority, reflects her great intelligence and sense of purpose. We're fortunate that she learned about MUM and chose to come here for her education."

Watch a short interview with Supriya here.

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