Tristin grew up in Marin County, California. A Bay Area native, she attended College of Marin for a few years before coming to CIP Berkeley. Tristin already had many academic accomplishments under her belt when she arrived at CIP, where she has chosen to focus on her career development. Since coming to CIP, Tristin has completed countless hours of community service in the bay area, including delivering meals to the elderly and providing virtual pet therapy during the pandemic. As a C-STEP student, Tristin continuously develops her job portfolio, explores career options, and actively looks for internships and jobs with the help of her CIP coaches.
Among Tristin’s interests are animals, astronomy, reading, writing stories and poems, art, music, and making new friends. She loves video games, especially World of Warcraft and Pokémon. Tristin is working towards her goal of becoming a published writer. In the future, she hopes to live independently near her family and friends, whom she leans on for support.
When asked what advice Tristin had for someone considering programs like CIP, she said, “Even though things can get hard sometimes, don’t give up, because the results will be worth it.” Tristin considers CIP Berkeley her home. She stated, “I feel welcome, wanted, and appreciated for the first time in my life.” Tristin is beloved by the CIP Berkeley community – she is a member of the student council, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She was the winner of CIP’s most recent blog contest and was also awarded the First Year Outstanding Award for the ‘19-’20 programming year.