John Raterman is currently a student at the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. He was recently one of thirty students accepted to the Accelerated Second Degree program, which he started in Fall 2015. In preparation for applying to the program, he spent the last two years completing prerequisites at Hunter College with a heavy emphasis in sciences, particularly biology, chemistry, and psychology. John received Dean’s List Honors for his performance in Spring 2015 for his achievements in anatomy, physiology, and microbiology.
John is a nontraditional student. He originally graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a certificate in music theater performance. As a professional musical theater performer, he spent fifteen years traveling to all 48 of the contiguous United States, Canada, and eight countries in Europe. During this time, he volunteered for fundraisers for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, as well as a conflict resolution workshop for high school students in the Washington DC area while working at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts.
In 2010, John completed his Bachelor in Fine Arts in Music Theater at The New School University and graduated after being awarded Dean’s List Honors every semester. At The New School, he added to his previous performing arts training and focused in the humanities, including courses in literature, political science, art and film history, and comparative religions. In 2012, John graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
Since he is a nontraditional student, John understands not all students learn on the same path or by the same method. As a private tutor, he harnesses his creative background to discover what works best for the individual student, while also designing a fun and productive study environment. Given his background as someone who has balanced auditions, memorizing and performing scripts, and working while pursuing multiple degrees, time management and multitasking have always been essential skills. By giving students attainable goals within the subject material, he encourages the student to work efficiently and intelligently. John’s primary goal is to help students unlock their potential and embrace the diversity that makes the world a thriving classroom of opportunity.