(Photos by Ken West)
Students Speak at MUM Convocation
Maharishi University of Management students and faculty gathered for the 2013 Convocation ceremony on September 2 to formally inaugurate the new academic year. In addition to President Morris, Dr. Hagelin, and members of the faculty, four students spoke at the celebration.
Alexandra Pomeroy, the new Student Body President, encouraged students to participate in the student forum and make the best of their education by tailoring their school assignments to their own interests and needs. “We are part of a living university,” she said. “We are creating our experiences here and each one of you matters.” Alexandra also reminded students to ”recharge twice a day” for their own evolution and that of their environment.
Amine Kouider, a student in the new David Lynch MA in Film program, talked about making documentaries for the David Lynch Foundation and taking the Transcendental Meditation® technique to prisoners, refugees, and children around the world. This experience inspired Amine to become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique, which he said was “the most beautiful job in the world.”
Brooke Hadfield, a returning student finishing her individualized degree in Consciousness-BasedSM leadership, talked about her experience teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique over the past 18 months in Western Australia. “Becoming a TM teacher is a landmark achievement in my life,” she said. “To me, the role is like that of a lighthouse, whose purpose is to guide a person deep within themselves, tapping into the well of life allowing their fullness to spring into being.”
James Wilson, a U.S. Air Force veteran, talked about his recent internship with the David Lynch Foundation Operation Warrior Wellness program. James helped organize an event in Washington, D.C. to teach the TM technique to veterans free of charge. James attributed a lot of his success to MUM’s Enlightened Leadership Program. “I just started last semester, so there is no barrier to your success here,” he said. “It’s really an unbounded place to be.”
Watch the entire ceremony here.