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Tamlin with a writing class

Tamlin Day came to MUM from Austin, Texas, where he worked as a nanny and preschool teacher for 14 years. Some of his friends practiced the Transcendental Meditation® technique, so Tamlin visited Fairfield from time to time. He enjoyed the quiet atmosphere of Fairfield, and after a visit to MUM he decided to apply. He learned TM in September 2013 and enrolled the following January.

Tamlin was drawn to MUM because of the nourishing environment it provides for entrepreneurship and creativity. He is majoring in creative writing and minoring in graphic design, and hopes to become an independent artist writing and illustrating children’s books.

His goal is to create books digitally, allowing him the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. Using his extensive experience with children and understanding of Maharishi’s knowledge, he plans to create a series of children’s books illustrating the principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence®, such as “life is found in layers” and “seek the highest first.”

Tamlin discovered several benefits from the practice of the TM technique, including more energy, a calmer mind, and improved confidence in his creative process. “A combination of the good teachers here and practicing TM has brought me to a point where I can sit down and write without judging the material,” Tamlin said. “I can create and then come back to it later and edit. That’s the most valuable part of my experience here.”

“Tamlin’s abilities are versatile; he is a skilled writer but he also is an amazing artist,” said Nynke Passi, associate professor of creative writing. “He has a probing, philosophical mind, and his class presentations are thorough, well-researched, and original the way you’d expect of a graduate student.”

As part of MUM’s Residential Life team, Tamlin is contributing to the vibrant student life by planning student activities such as movie nights and baking projects. In his free time, he participates in a slam poetry group called Soapbox Speakeasy.