Student Tanell Pretorius came to Maharishi University of Management from South Africa via London, England, where she spent seven years modeling for catalogs and television commercials. On friends’ recommendations, she learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique in 2009 and soon after, found out about Maharishi University of Management (MUM).
After browsing the MUM website, she applied immediately. She came for a Visitors Weekend all the way from London and spent two weeks in Fairfield. “I wanted to come to MUM because during the Visitors Weekend I realized that MUM is not just developing students intellectually, you are developing as a person as a whole,” said Tanell.
“Tanell is an excellent writer,” said Nynke Passi, assistant professor of literature and writing. “She wrote about growing up right outside of Krüger National Park in such a sensory, detailed manner that the world of her past completely came to life. She has it in her to write a book-length memoir, and a very good one.”
Tanell still models occasionally, but she doesn’t miss the irregular schedule and odd working hours of her full-time modeling days. Now she enjoys her daily routine, going to bed early, and practicing meditation at MUM.
Tanell is open to a variety of challenges and sharing her creativity. She has volunteered for the David Lynch Foundation, worked on a 20-episode radio show on sustainability in Iowa, and helped choreograph the runway show during the recent EcoFairfield. She also has her own MUM student blog, and likes experimenting with photography and woodworking.
“I didn’t feel like I ever had the opportunity to develop what I am interested in,” Tanell said. “Maharishi University of Management gives you this wonderful opportunity and community and you meet the most interesting people.”
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