Undergraduate student Chelsea Cagle (photo by Kate Gubareva)
Fellow student Amber Westerman (middle) and Chelsea taking a composting tour from compost coordinator Monica Moskovici (left), during a sustainability class
Student Government with Dewei Xiang, Dominick Stambaugh, Karen Ballinger, Danny Hitchings (photo by Forest Fernandez)
With fellow residential advisors at the 2016 Residential Life holiday party
Chelsea Cagle — Maharishi AyurVeda and Personal Growth
Chelsea Cagle came to MUM from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She had been interested in medicine and searched for a university that offered both the block system and a degree in physiology. Only MUM fit her criteria, so Chelsea applied and began her studies in February 2016.
One of the first classes Chelsea took was in Maharishi AyurVeda®. She learned to appreciate how Ayurveda looks at the system as an interconnected whole instead of isolated organs and body parts. As a result, she decided to focus her studies on alternative medicine and pursue the Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant track.
Chelsea learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique when she arrived and the TM-Sidhi® program 10 months later. “TM has changed my life because it made me more appreciative and more committed to my priorities,” she said. “I have put the emphasis on taking care of myself and focusing on personal growth.” Chelsea discovered that following a structured and healthy daily routine helps her focus on those priorities while also fulfilling her academic goals.
Grateful for the benefits she has gained at MUM, Chelsea decided to give back by participating in the Department of Student Life. She served in the MUM Student Government last year, and now acts as a residential advisor for two women’s dorm buildings.
“The world needs more people like Chelsea – full of life and desire to better themselves and help others,” said Liis Mattik, professor of health and physiology.
In addition to majoring in health and physiology, Chelsea also intends to minor in business administration. In the future, she hopes to continue to study Maharishi AyurVeda and work in the field of health. “I feel optimistic,” said Chelsea. “Ayurveda is growing in popularity. Our health care system needs to be restored. By tapping into our creativity, we can come up with alternative solutions to the current problems.”