What is The UP Lab?
The UP Lab is a place to tell stories and share positive perspectives. We are a blog that serves to tell the unheard stories of inspiring individuals who strive to become successful in what they are passionate about. We strive to challenge popular beliefs and spread ideas we believe could positively affect our daily lives. We hope our articles and interviews will inspire readers to see that they are surrounded by everyday individuals who have extraordinary minds. Through this realization, hopefully these posts will be the catalyst for readers to start (or continue) working at what they love and remind them that they can be successful and make a living while being happy.

Who started it?
The UP Lab was started by David Ly Khim and Justin Ho. Check out our about us page to learn more!

Why did you start it?
We are both graduates from the University of California, Irvine. As college students, we met a variety of individuals of different backgrounds, interests, and aspirations. We found that our peers often sacrificed their passions for an idea of success they didn’t believe in. These societal standards of success were fed to them by sources such as media, friends, colleagues, and sometimes even their own families. However, we’ve also witnessed everyday individuals who inspire others by pursuing their own ideas of success. We want to encourage individuals to pursue their passions and maintain a steadfast pace of working toward their own idea of success and happiness.

Is The UP Lab a UC Irvine campus organization?
The UP Lab is not a UCI campus organization. The founders of The UP Lab are graduates of UCI and have been actively engaged with the Irvine community in order to gain traction, but The UP Lab is not planned to be centralized in one location.

What is the purpose of The UP Lab?
The purpose of The UP Lab is to help individuals realize their significance to the world and their immense potential to be remarkable. Our mission is to construct a positive foundation for people to follow their passions and unlock their own potential.

What are your goals?
We want to positively affect communities by presenting information that readers of a variety of backgrounds can relate to and be inspired by. We want to be the catalyst for positive development for our readers and to vanquish doubt and insecurities and replace them with positivity and determination.

Why should I pay attention to The UP Lab? You guys are only 20-something-year-olds.
You definitely don’t have to pay attention to us and we definitely won’t force you to. We are not claiming to have all the answers nor claiming to be more wise than the next person. However, we strive to present different perspectives through our articles and interviews. We hope that, through these articles, we can communicate our message to you: you don’t have to live out a definition of success that you don’t believe in–you can define success yourself.

As individuals, we have experimented, failed, and succeeded, and we have read and learned about what successful people have done. Although we do not completely reflect these success stories, we are deeply committed to helping others find their pathway to their idea of success.

How can I submit a guest post to The UP Lab?
If you would like to submit a guest post, send us an email about the topic you’d like to write about and provide some examples of your work and we’ll proceed from there.

I would like to develop a partnership with The UP Lab. How can I do that?
Since The UP Lab is still young and undergoing development, we do not yet have a partnership program. However, if you would like to work with us, feel free to send us an email with your proposal!

How is The UP Lab being funded?
We are currently funding The UP Lab with our wallets. There are not many expenses yet besides maintaining the website.

Is The UP Lab accepting donations?
Yes! We accept donations via PayPal! Our PayPal email is theuplab@gmail.com.

How else can I get involved and contribute?
We are still in the process of developing the structure of the organization so we are not currently adding new members to the team. However, you can still support The UP Lab by “Liking” and “Sharing” our posts on Facebook and liking The UP Lab on Facebook!

Talking about The UP Lab is a great way of getting the word out!

Any other comments, questions, or suggestions can be communicated via our contact page!