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#TalentiUniSR: Greta Muti

15 October 2018

Greta’s story is one of tenacity, passion and inspiration: the representative of our #TalentUniSR of this month is a talented student, but also a sports champion who is passionate about music, painting and drawing. During birth she received a brachial plexus injury which lead to Erb’s palsy in her left arm and therefore limiting her movements. However, thanks to her family’s attention, she started playing cello when she was four years old and studies opera singing, participating in various competitions. She started rowing in the Island of Giglio, the place where her mother is from and now she has won multiple medals while representing Italy. Amongst her most recent achievements: in 2018 she came in first place with the “Coxless pair” and the “Coxed four” in the National Italian Rowing Championships in the Para rowing PR3 category, during the World Cup she got second place with the “Coxed four” and first place in the International Pararowing races with the “Coxless pair”. Lastly, Greta is a world citizen: she speaks three languages (German, Italian and English), she attended elementary school in Buffalo (N.Y., USA) until the fourth grade, she finished elementary school in the Island of Giglio, she attended middle school in Rome and then high school in Hamilton (ON, Canada). She then studied biology for a year in Aachen (Germany) until she finally accepted to the International MD Program at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.


Greta Elizabeth Muti-Schuenemann

Your University Studies

Why you enrolled at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

First of all I wanted to return to Italy, so I looked for which universities offered medicine in English. I chose UniSR because it would give me the opportunity to study medicine with programs that are rich and well updated and that would allow me to return in North America

What opportunities our University has given you

It allowed me to come live in Milan and to get to know this beautiful city, including the Milanese rowing culture. In UniSR the number of students per class is reduced allowing professors to support us with more ease and facilitates relations between the students

What you currently deal with

I am a student in fourth year in the IMDP and I am an athlete of the Italian National Rowing team in the Paralympic category. Right now I am preparing for the world championships and next years Paralympic qualifications

The strong point of studying at San Raffaele

The possibility to immerse yourself immediately into the hospital environment and get experience right away

Your best Quality

The capacity to stay strong also when situations don’t go, the way I desired. Thanks to my handicap I was able to understand that you must always do your best with the resources available to you

Favorite quote

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito” – Dalai Lama

Your dream in the drawer

To create an association dedicated to the recruitment and rehabilitation of people with physical handicaps that allow them to do art in all its forms, music and mostly sport at high levels. All this would give them the opportunity to get to know themselves on a deeper level and allow them to understand that their goals are all achievable although the path may be different

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