Emily Post, etiquette aficionado extraordinaire, recommends “presenting” oneself vs “introducing” oneself in formal situations. Though she passed before she could write “Bloggers Etiquette for Dummies,” I will follow her advice. In order to keep our relationship friendly and chummy, allow me to introduce myself…
My name is Anna Bruen. I am committed to doing my part to enhance sustainability in all areas of life through education, action, and spiritual growth.
My parents moved me from Massachusetts to Iowa when I was 5 years old so that I could attend a school where everyday the kids meditated and studied things like the Vedic Science, the Bhagavad Gita, and Sanskrit. Jump ahead 16 years…
I graduated from Maharishi University of Management in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainable Living accompanied by two Minors, one in Business and one in Improvisational Movement. While I was a student I did a lot of things:
- served on Student Government as Student Senate President
- co-founded the Beatdafeet dance club
- practiced Transcendental Meditation and the TM-siddhi technique
- organized the annual student-run Eco-fair
- acted in plays
- danced in Maharishi University of Management’s annual Variety Show
- volunteered for Fairfield’s ArtWalk
- traveled to North Carolina on a rotating university trip
- organized holiday parties
…and still managed to go out on the weekends, and do my homework.
After graduating, I was the Project Director for the campus wide David Lynch Weekend: Exploring the Frontiers of Creativity, Sustainability, and Peace. I then started working as an MUM Admissions Counselor, answering questions about Maharishi University of Management, helping people with the application process, organizing and hosting Visitors Weekends and of course welcoming new students to campus in August and January.
I tell you all of this, so, that if you have any questions about MUM or Fairfield you won’t hesitate, even for a second, to think that you can’t or shouldn’t send them my way. Ask me anything, if I can’t answer it straight up, I’ll know how to track down someone who can.
More recently, I worked as Sustainability Director for YourVive, an e-commerce eco-startup company seeking to add simplicity and clarity to a marketplace saturated with green-washing. I helped ensure that this happened by working with sustainability consultants PureStrategies to use industry sustainability standards in creating a pre-vetting system for vendors and their products and providing transparent information about companies and products to shoppers.
Even more recently, I became a certified yoga teacher and am starting to blog for Maharishi University of Management! Please, leave a comment or send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
|Anna Bruen is a MUM alumnus who graduated with a degree in Sustainable Living. Anna is the resident blogger here at MUM.|