MUM alumna Zara Colazio giving her presentation at the 2018 Senior Project Honors Competition
(photo by Ken West)

Co-teaching a self-defense class at MUM

Zara in the microbiology class lab

Zara Colazio came to MUM in the fall of 2016 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science within two years. She studied Maharishi AyurVedaSM and wrote her senior project on the positive effect of Ayurveda on menstrual health, which became the winner at the 2018 Senior Project Honors Competition.

Zara has always had a passion for health and an interest in the human body. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, she enjoyed hiking and participated in competitive horseback trail riding, swimming, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, powerlifting, and other sports.

She wanted to become a naturopathic doctor, so she started taking college level classes in high school. By the time she graduated from high school, she had earned two associate degrees through the Colorado Early Colleges program.

In her senior year, she started looking for a college with a holistic approach to education and found MUM. She learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique, attended a Visitors Weekend and, upon meeting the hosts, the students, and the faculty, Zara knew she wanted to study at MUM.

After learning the TM® technique she noticed an immediate increase in her ability to manage her academic load. At MUM she experienced a leap in personal growth. “Practicing the TM technique as part of the curriculum was the biggest thing I got out of the school and the amount of inner change that I gained from it,” she said.

During her time at MUM, Zara’s interest in health grew into a broader system of health education that includes physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and sex education. As part of her senior project on women’s health, she taught health education classes at Maharishi School and discovered that the School shares her interest in a comprehensive system of health education. She was hired to help implement a new health curriculum and to teach middle school math, as well as middle school and high school P.E.

In her free time Zara enjoys exercising and competing in sports, such as Jiu Jitsu and pickleball. In the future, she wants to earn a PhD in gender studies and human sexuality.