MUM student Savannah Boothe


Making earth plaster in class to use on a sustainable storage space in Abundance EcoVillage


Working on the MEG’Array Solar Power Plant
(Photo courtesy of Ideal Energy)


With fellow Student Government member Cris Evergreen at a voter registration conference for college students and their student governments in Des Moines

Savannah Boothe came to MUM from Virginia two years ago, drawn by the Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program. After seeing an ad on Instagram, she came to a Visitors Weekend and enrolled right away.

Two months after arriving on campus, Savannah signed up for Student Government as secretary. This year she joined again as vice president. She has also completed a work-study position with Student Activities, organizing events and workshops. “I like working with people,” she said. “I like being the glue of the community and working on a team.”

Savannah also became a residential advisor in the women’s dorm and now oversees four residential advisors as the residential director. She makes sure that students are comfortable and know where to turn with their questions. Through her work-study job, she also enjoys learning about customs of various countries represented by the diverse student body.

In addition to taking a variety of courses in sustainable living, Savannah also completed an internship with Fairfield’s Ideal Energy, doing hands-on work during the construction of the MEG’Array Solar Power Plant adjacent to the MUM campus.

Her experiences at MUM have helped increase Savannah’s awareness of her talents and true interests. “MUM really gives you a clean slate when you come here,” she said. “In a few months, you really get to know the people around you and yourself in the process; and practicing TM, eating healthier, and following a structured routine give you a sense of clarity. TM has helped me gain a certain understanding of life, and a clearer view of how things happen and how I make decisions.”

In her second year, Savannah is continuing to refine her mission and purpose. She is in the process of designing an individualized major focusing on communication, organization, and sustainability.