Alex is a current medical student at Columbia University and a recent graduate from UCLA. As a student at UCLA he played club water polo and worked as a wilderness guide, leading camping, backpacking, rock climbing, and canoeing trips across California. Having grown up in Southern California, he cannot get enough of the water or the outdoors, so his free time is often spent going on camping trips with friends or swimming at the beach or pool.
At UCLA, Alex earned a bachelor's degree in Human Biology and Society. The curriculum focused on topics that are inherently both biological and social, including ideas of human identity like race, gender, and sexuality; the physiological consequences of poverty and stress; and assisted reproductive technology. During his third year at UCLA, he decided to supplement his degree with a theater minor, having been passionate about acting and writing since high school. For the minor he took classes in everything from improvisation to stage combat. Alex's Italian heritage motivated him to also spend some of his college career developing his Italian language skills and cultural knowledge. His favorite course at UCLA was in the Italian Department and focused exclusively on Dante's Divine Comedy.
For the past five summers, Alex has worked as an ocean lifeguard and EMT in Long Beach, CA, an experience that motivated him to apply to medical school in order to continue serving others.
Alex specializes in chemistry, biology, statistics, and MCAT tutoring.