“Ten years after graduating from UC San Diego, I set out to hike the northern part of the Muir Trail in the spirit of my college’s namesake. Though I had zero through-hiking experience before stepping foot on the trail, I had the utmost of inspiration.”

In December, the university announced its plans to build an Innovative Cultural and Education Hub in downtown San Diego at the corner of Park Avenue and Market Street. The new center will connect a wide range of campus programs to the downtown innovation community and more closely link diverse neighborhoods throughout San Diego’s urban core.