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Maharishi School Alumni Reflect on Destination ImagiNation

Destination ImagiNation is a competition that combines teamwork, creativity, and decision making while the students solve problems. 1,000,000 students from all over the world participate in this competition annually.

Here is what some Maharishi School alumni have to say about their experience competing in Destination ImagiNation:

Andrew Perry Maharishi School AlumniAndrew Perry felt the skills uniquely developed in this program are critical for success in today’s rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. He elaborates, “Destination ImagiNation was easily the most valuable experience I had in school. It gave me the foundation for critical thinking, creative problem solving, interpersonal communication skills, teamwork, and much more. Reflecting on my experience of DI makes me wonder why all of school couldn't be structured like this. IMAGINE that?”

Andrew Perry is a Business major at Maharishi University of Management

Eric KaplanBefore graduating last year, Eric Caplan had competed in the DI program for nine years, attended the global competition six times, earning one second place and one fifth place finish internationally. Eric explains, "what I've gained most from DI is the ability to listen to others' ideas. That's an invaluable skill for effective teamwork. Because of the communication skills we've developed, we created a whole product that incorporates the best that each individual has to offer. It's one thing to have talent, but another thing to be able to use it with other talented people.”

Eric Caplan is a first year student at Maharishi University of Management

Zac Sluser felt the opportunity to explore one’s creative self has been invaluable in forming his own artistic process. Zac elaborates, "Destination ImagiNation was the first time that my friends and I had the opportunity to create something entirely on our own terms. We learned what worked by our own trial and error, from writing and performing original plays, to solving problems on the spot. It's a great program that naturally develops confidence and the collaborative spirit by all that participate. Maharishi School encourages creative problem solving in all of its classes, and the DI program is a natural extension and outlet for its students. It brings the school recognition world-wide, and the accomplishments the students achieve both on the stage and in themselves are ones they'll take with them for the rest of their lives."

Zach Sluser graduated from Maharishi School in 1999, received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003, and now lives in Los Angeles pursuing a career as a director.

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