by TM Magazine, Issue 9
21 January 2013
Cassie Forward is a student at Maharishi University of Management (MUM), Fairfield, Iowa, USA, from Bedford, New York, majoring in Sustainable Living. She says the following about her experience at MUM compared to other colleges:
“I went to a few other colleges before attending MUM. Having five or six classes going on at once was stressful and disorienting, and I was unable to keep up with schoolwork, let alone get excited about what I was learning. I ended up excelling in one subject at a time and failing most of the others.
“Having one class at a time allows me to really immerse myself in the subject I’m learning without having to neglect other courses. I'm finally able to retain what is being taught, and for the first time in my life am finding myself actually looking forward to going to class every day.”
Cassie’s mother, Ellie, noticed the changes in Cassie and wrote the following to the MUM Dean of Student Life:
“When she came home for the winter holidays [after her first months at MUM], she was radiant. She is so very happy in Fairfield and has grown so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
“One morning she explained to me that she now knows what it feels like to be herself and that as long as she continues her regular TM practice, she is just that—the very best of herself. I can't tell you how deeply gratifying that was for me.
“I have seen Cassie grow in almost every way imaginable since she started school at MUM. Her artwork is so much more creative now. Her ADD that she has suffered with all of her life has disappeared. She is away from home on her own for the first time and tells me that she feels completely at home in Fairfield. She has made so many friends so quickly. Her convictions have become stronger. Her mother is so thankful!
“Cassie has loved the classes she has taken so far. When she was home, she spoke of all of the classes that she was truly looking forward to taking in the future. This is another area of growth for her, and one that I think was facilitated in a big way by the block program at MUM. She has learned to love learning. She has gained so much knowledge.
“I can say without any reservation that Maharishi University of Management has done more for my daughter than either she or I knew was possible. I can't say enough about how wonderful all of you at MUM have been to Cassie, and about how enlivening and enriching her experience there has been so far!”
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