I have been asked many times about my Masters in Spiritual Psychology. Recently I was asked to sit on the Graduate Panel for an information night at the University of Santa Monica (USM). I had such a fabulous time sharing my wins from school.
One of the number one questions people have about this degree is what does one do with it? On the panel with me was a medical doctor, a clothing designer, and a talent agent. Each of us talked about the difference the degree has made in our lives, the fulfillment of our dreams, and how we are with people. I focused on how prior to USM I had some communications issues. Having been military for 9 years and growing up in a very disciplined family, I could be a bit rough around the edges. And, I had been quite successful in my career with regard to getting things done and accomplishing tasks. However, what I knew was that the person that I was when I was with my friends was (is) a kind, loving, generous, caring person. But that’s not who showed up to work each day. Dr. Ron Hulnick, president of USM, says that we leave 70% of our real selves in the car when we go into our office buildings. Well, I was leaving about 90% in the car. And, I desperately wanted to change that.
One wonderful aspect of USM is that we learned 35 basic communication skills. And, because I really wanted to improve my communication at the office, I asked for tuition reimbursement and it was granted. About 1/3 of my Masters of Arts in Spiritual Psychology was covered by my company! How cool is that! I continue to use those skills every day as a coach, a teleclass leader and a people manager. I did get challenged by the reimbursement department the second year but my boss and I both spoke to the tremendous improvements I had made on the job. And, with my friends? I got to be more loving, more kind, more joyful and more compassionate than ever. I can honestly say that I get to take 90% of my authentic self into work each day and it’s such a great feeling!
If you would like more information about USM, visit www.universityofsantamonica.edu. It is the greatest gift I gave myself, and all the panelist said the same as well. Feel free to ask me questions as well. It is an amazing program and wonderful opportunity to be who you came here to be