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JUNE 21, 2015 • ISSUE 300

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Ivan Garcia, MUM Student Government president


In a business communication skills course with professor Jane Schmidt-Wilk and fellow students


With friends at the graduation ball

Quiet Time School Student Becomes Student Government President

First-year student Ivan Garcia, the newly elected MUM Student Government president, is not new to leadership. As a high school student body president, he used his popularity to help his fellow students gain the advantages TM® offers.

Ivan grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco and attended John O’Connell High School. He was 16 when the school introduced the Transcendental Meditation® technique as part of the Quiet Time program. Like most of his classmates, he was skeptical about the benefits of meditation.

One weekend, however, he participated in a TM retreat and his perspective changed. He experienced the profound stress-releasing benefits of the TM technique and became an advocate overnight. Once the cool kids learned the TM technique, many others followed.

After high school Ivan studied political science at San Francisco State University for two years, but he wasn’t satisfied. His mentor from the Quiet Time program, Matthew Austin, suggested he try MUM.

With the help of a scholarship, Ivan became the first student from a Quiet Time school to enroll at MUM. He soon got involved with Student Life and became a residential advisor (RA) and meditation hall checker. Then in the spring he ran for president of MUM Student Government and won.

“I like using my talents to help others,” said Ivan. “That’s why I decided to run for student body president and become an RA and meditation hall checker, because those are the things that make me happy, helping others.”

Ivan is majoring in business and someday hopes to run his own company. He also wants to work with youth. During the summer, he is back in San Francisco and volunteers for the Quiet Time program in his former high school. 

“I can talk about my experience, how meditation helped me,” he said. “Kids can relate to my experience. I am from the neighborhood.”

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