Shaq was born in the midst of a snowstorm in the Bronx, where he lived just long enough to become a Yankees fan before moving to South Florida. He grew up in Wellington, FL until he moved to attend college at Duke University. During his freshman year, he wrote a 20-page paper about the drug LSD and became fascinated with pharmacology. Ultimately, he graduated with a B.S. in Biology with a Pharmacology concentration, Cum Laude, worked in a neurotoxicology lab for three years, and wrote his senior thesis on the effects of developmental exposure to nicotine and benzo(a)pyrene on behavior and memory.
In the spring of his junior year at Duke, Shaq decided he was going to study for the MCAT but without taking a prep course, while also taking an extra science class beyond the regular course load. To accomplish this, he developed an organized, methodical study approach that ultimately helped him score in the 99th percentile on the MCAT. He has advised several of his friends since then on his study method. Shaq has worked in the past as an ACT tutor, and he has experience as a tutor for elementary and middle school students dating back to his high school years. He thoroughly enjoys paying forward the learning strategies he’s used to help his tutees.
Outside of academics, Shaq loves sports, running, cooking, as well as listening to, talking about, and playing music.