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. She tutored full-time for a family in Rancho Santa Fe for a few years, and then started with The Princeton Review as an Assistant Director in 1999. After 12 and a half years with Princeton Review, the last three spent as Regional Vice President of the West Coast, Lyn decided to take a break from full-time work to spend more time with her family.
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.
Matthew was born and raised in San Diego, California before venturing off to cow town...AKA UC Davis. He entered school undeclared not really knowing what he wanted, but volunteering freshman year led him down the pre-med path and ultimately a major in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. In college, Matt worked as a chemistry and organic chemistry tutor, mainly for the pay; however, he discovered a passion in working one-on-one with students on challenging problems. This led him to work as a MCAT teacher, tutor, and mentor for Kaplan for a year while waiting to find his destination for medical school.
Matthew used passport for his own medical school admissions and was thrilled with the process and the results. Upon his acceptance to medical school, he accepted the job as interview coach with Passport, wanting to help build student's confidence as they enter the final stage of their medical admissions process.
When not in medical school, you can find Matthew experimenting with a new recipe, tinkering with his golf swing, or exploring his new city of Cincinnati (Go Bengals?) with his wife Jamie.
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.