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Inspiring Stories from La Jolla & UTC

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the San Diego’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from La Jolla & UTC below.

Yash Thukral, Sam Yaffa, and Nathan Yee

These undergrads are the founders of the largest student-run fund in the nation – Triton FundsTriton Funds started off as an idea summer of 2017 and in a arduous and long year have grown it to where it is today: a $25 Million investment fund, 11 students at the fund eligible for ‘academic credit with UC San Diego, 10 Triton Funds Alumni, over 50 Academic Mentors, and 20 Life Science Advisors. Read more>>

Mark Carter

I never considered myself an artist. I guess I believed that being an artist was synonymous with perfection or wild success, and neither were my experience. It wasn’t until I suffered a profound family tragedy that I began the difficult but life-giving process of revaluating my life, giving myself permission to explore the things that brought me joy and stirred a passion within me. Photography was the first place I turned. My love for shooting images started as a kid growing up in the Midwest taking pictures of my skater friends. Read more>>

Cindy Pon

My sixth novel, RUSE, will be released March 12, 2019, published by Simon Pulse. It is the sequel to WANT, a near-future sci-fi thriller set in Taipei, and will mark the completion of my third published duology. My debut, Silver Phoenix, came out in 2009, and since then, I have continued to tell Asian narratives in speculative fiction featuring basically all Asian casts. I didn’t realize until after I finished my first novel that despite my love for books and reading voraciously like so many writers do, I had never once read a book that featured an Asian hero. Read more>>

Natalie Muth

My story is rooted in an unlikely 3-day journey I took with my mom as a teenager. We had decided to hike the Grand Canyon rim to base and back out – a breathtaking and grueling 20-mile round trip experience. While for many families this would be an exhilarating adventure, for us, it was life-changing. Through much of my childhood, I had mostly unhealthy habits. I ate too much junk, not enough of the good stuff; watched too much TV; had erratic sleep patterns; and didn’t exercise all that much. I dealt with stress by eating. My mom was the same. Read more>>

Karina Gerschler

Being a native San Diegan, I attended school in this lovely city by the sea from Kindergarten through College, ticking off the boxes of life goals along the way. Shortly after college, I had several jobs but ended up in a Law Firm. Purchase a car, check. Steady income, check. Insurance, check. Little house on the hill, check, and the list went on. Yet no matter what I achieved I felt completely empty. I found myself filling most days with distractions from indulging in fancy dinners and cocktails to shopping for expensive clothes. The “happiness” it brought was fleeting. Read more>>

Theodora Atanassov

I have wanted to be a model for a long time, but I found it difficult to be confident enough in myself to actually pursue modeling, everyone around me knew that I aspired to be a model one day, but it was my old roommate at the time who helped me take the first leap into this career. She had just become friends with a photographer who shot with her just for the fun of it and recommended me to start shooting with as well to get my first few professional pictures. This photographer was also an aspiring journalist so the first time we shot together, he asked a lot about my life and wanted to know what drove me to model and how far I want to go with modeling. Read more>>

Crystal Ramos

Photography and videography basically runs in my family from my dad to my brother, to me. I’ve always loved taking pictures of other people or things. I used to be called the “camera girl” in my early school days. But back then I didn’t take think to make it a profession or anything serious. So, I went to nursing school, because a nurse and made that my career. It wasn’t until my co-worker/friend was getting married and needed engagement photos. She came to me looking for advice on photographers, and I on a whim offered to take her photos to help her out. Read more>>

Tatiana Morris

My story starts with my eyes. My dad bought a video camera when I was three years old. My sister and I would play with the pots and pans on the kitchen floor while my mom prepared lunch. We had several family videos to watch over the years growing up. My family and I would laugh again, cry again, or perceive how we view life differently now. To me, it was entertaining. I realized how valuable recording moments can be and decided to purchase a video camera for myself. Since then I have recorded birthday parties, weddings, mini commercials for small businesses, engagements, babies, retreats, sports, music videos and many more moments in action. Read more>>

Krista Schumacher

When I was 16 years old, my mom was encouraged to take an art class by one of her close friends. The first day of class, the instructor was shocked by the natural, innate artistic ability of my mom. I was so inspired to see my mom find her passion for art that I was eager to try oil painting for myself. Well, the apple did not fall far from the tree, and just like my mother, I also discovered a hidden passion for painting. Read more>>

Jennifer Ludwig

I grew up in rural Illinois, with a pilot for a father who taught me to love travel from an early age, but it wasn’t until my third year at Illinois State University that I truly began my personal journey. After just three years of college in the cornfields, I knew I had to get out. I immediately moved to Hawaii to finish my Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations on the sandy beaches of Oahu, graduating a year early. Read more>>

Emily Poccia

I always tell people when they ask why I became a naturopathic doctor that Naturopathic Medicine found me. As corny as that sounds, it’s true. I was in my last semester of undergrad at Syracuse University and planning to go into physical therapy. In fact, I had already applied to grad schools. I went to a grad school fair just to see if there were any schools I missed and as I was walking past the booths, a gentleman with a huge smile on his face said hello and asked if I had heard of Naturopathic Medicine. I politely said no and noticed the school he was representing was in Arizona. Read more>>


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