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Anthony Cretara

North Easton, Massachusetts, United States

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Overview

  • 1 Positive References
  • Fluent in English
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Ex...
  • BA in Theater Arts and premed certif...
  • From Boston, MA
  • Profile 55% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To become a successful physician

ABOUT ME

They would call me dependable, hardworking, generous, kind, quiet, thoughtful, intelligent, motivated, clever, imaginative, passionate, honest, confident... I could go on. I used to be a professional actor, then I was a 9th grade English teacher in Los Angeles, then an elementary school English teacher in South Korea. This Spring I will be attending Boston University School of Medicine to begin my training as a physician.

PHILOSOPHY

I will use the time I have to do the most good that I can. At first, I did this through theater arts and teaching, but now I will be improving the quality of life of people through medicine.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I am new to couch surfing. My girlfriend and I are going to Italy this summer and are looking for people to host us in Rome.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

None so far.

Interests

I enjoy learning and teaching most of all. I enjoy reading books about quantum mechanics. The Elegant Universe, and The Fabric of the Cosmos are my two favorite books, both written by Brian Greene. I am also a casual fan of the research coming out from the Large Hadron Collider. I enjoy playing video games, and am an avid internet user. I spend a good amount of time reading articles on Wikipedia or perusing the message boards on websites that offer logic puzzles. During periods in my life when free time is more available, I write one-act plays. I have written five one-act plays, which have each been produced in community theaters around Los Angeles, and I’m currently working on first drafts for two others. I enjoy a moderate amount of exercise. I have a routine of light weight lifting and fast paced cardio that I use to keep myself in good shape. Outdoor activities that offer exercise also interest me, such as running, hiking, and geocaching. Hanging out with friends, whether it be relaxing, playing board games, or watching a movie and having a conversation is also something I enjoy.

Music, Movies & Books

I like most types of music, even dubstep, though I prefer classical. I read a variety of books, but mostly nonfiction. I don't usually have time to go see a movie, but I did go see The Kings Speech, which was fabulous.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I spent a year living in Seoul, South Korea teaching elementary school English and Musical Theater:

I walked down the snowy streets of an unfamiliar city, dragging my luggage while trying to keep pace with my guide, Won Joon. In the darkness of night, the downtown lights of Seoul seemed to stretch endlessly in all directions so that it was difficult to distinguish one city block from another. Down a side street, through an alley, into the back entrance of a fish shop, and up five flights of stairs, we arrived at the apartment where I would live for the year to come. Won Joon handed me a company cell phone and a note giving directions on how to run the air conditioner, heater, and shower. After Won Joon left and I was alone in my apartment, I realized the scope of the challenge I now faced.
I was fully immersed in a foreign culture for the first time in my life. Everything was different from my Italian-American home in California, and since the company I was working for had just formed, they had few resources in place to help me adjust. I began by teaching myself the Korean alphabet, so that I could decipher street signs and restaurant menus. I then mastered a few important phrases in Korean, such as, “Which way to the nearest subway station?” Soon I was navigating the city, and taking weekend trips around the country. By building relationships with my co-workers and friends, I became aware of the actions and behaviors considered rude or polite. Through necessity, I learned how to adapt to an unfamiliar environment. I learned how to break down a large challenge, and make progress every day to overcome obstacles without becoming overwhelmed. By the end of the year, my company asked me to create a presentation for the incoming American teachers on how to adapt to life in Korea.
During my time in Korea, I became inspired by the noble aspirations of my students, who wanted to become doctors, politicians, and judges. I too developed a desire to pursue such fields, and began researching post baccalaureate premed programs and studying the basic sciences. When my contract expired, I flew back to the United States, and began the Health Careers Program at the Harvard Extension School.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm not sure exactly what this section entails, but my girlfriend and I know quite a bit about the city of Boston, american folk music, and science and medicine. We are interested in learning techniques for organic farming, which is why we are in the WWOOF program. We'll be working on an organic farm for two weeks!

Countries I've Visited

Italy, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

South Korea, United States

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