Rob's a huge nerd. It's okay to call him one. He readily accepts his fate. As captain of the nerds in high school, Rob was a nationally ranked debater and president of the chorus. At the University of Michigan, Rob made the transition to a more socially acceptable form of nerdiness, as he served as music director, business manager, and president of The Michigan GMen, an all-male a cappella group.
Lyn has lived in San Diego since 1996, but grew up back east, mostly in Illinois and Pennsylvania. A Yale graduate, Lyn studied Psychology and Biology in college, but realized during a summer of research before her senior year that her original plan of research science was not for her. Instead, Lyn used her writing and editing experience from several college publications to get jobs at The Atlantic Monthly and then Adweek after college in New York City, but then decided to move to the Left Coast in search of nicer weather and not so many cockroaches.
A native Southern Californian, Milli spent her childhood summers in Mauritius, the island off the coast of Madagascar where her mom was born and raised. By visiting family overseas and speaking multiple languages at home, Milli developed an interest in connecting with diverse communities. Milli is a science geek and realized that biology is a universal language of life.
Matt was born in Palm Springs, California. He grew up in the Coachella Valley and nearby High Desert. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in mass communication. During his final undergraduate year, Matt was editor-in-chief at the award-winning Campus Echo student newspaper. After graduating, Matt completed an internship as a feature writer at The Denver Post. He reported on pop music, poetry books and craft breweries.
Kristin earned her B.A. in World Literature from UCSD and an M.A. in Teaching from Duke. She has worked as a community college professor at both Miramar College and Grossmont College, where she has taught writing, literature, and English as a Second Language. Kristin has also worked with international students through UCSD Extension’s English Language Institute. At last count, she had taught students from 49 different countries.
Ryan was born and raised in Cleveland (GO CAVS!), where he earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University and Ohio University. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found. For the last ten years, he has worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International.
A Kashmiri American born and raised in Orange County, Arvin has loved medicine and philosophy throughout his life. As a BA/MD student at UCSD, Arvin majored in economics and minored in philosophy, studying Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, and Hellenistic Philosophy. In medical school Arvin has cultivated a love for neurological surgery and the management of patients in the acute care/critical care setting.
A Southern California native, Laura chose to stay close to the surf and sand of San Diego and attend UCSD, where she majored in Economics and minored in Biology, Chemistry and Philosophy (what else do you do with all those science classes after three years on the pre-med track?). Wanting the “whole” college experience and believing that meant going Greek (it doesn’t), Laura joined the sisterhood of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Margaret journeyed to San Diego from her hometown of Walnut, California in 2004, and between the sparkling beaches and perfect weather, never found a good reason to leave. She’s a proud UCSD graduate, former Triton cheerleader (yes, they actually exist), and alumnus of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. While earning her Economics degree, she worked for Apple, one of her favorite companies, as the Apple On-Campus Representative.