Tristan is a 21 year old* self-proclaimed alcoholic, hopeless-romantic, borderline obsessive-compulsive, but mostly just socially-awkward and anxious gay boy living in Salt Lake City who is apparently too cute to be straight!
Born and raised in rural Utah (and I mean rural… like no traffic lights… no Walmart… there ain’t no club so let’s just chill on this bridge… rural!) Tristan is the youngest of seven children born to a retired Jack-and-Jill-of-all-trades**.
Tristan was brought up as a non-congregating Mormon and had chivalry and manners instilled in him at a young age.
After dropping out of school in the 8th grade, Tristan decided to harvest sagebrush and sell it to a local seed refinery to buy himself his first computer. He spent many hours a day studying various subjects in an order and pace that suited him, until finally deciding to move to the big city to attend Weber State University.
Aside from being the first in his family to attend college, at Weber State University, Tristan received his General Education Development Certificate and a certification in Business Technologies while pursuing his degree in Business Administration and Industrial Psychology.
“As for my academic background,” Tristan says, “I’m mostly proud that I’ve achieved this before my class graduated High School. When I dropped out in the 8th grade, I had no desire to return to academics.”
But return he did, as of June 2011 Tristan has received his Lean Six Sigma certification from Brigham Young University and plans to attend Stanford University studying Engineering & Entrepreneurship.
“I’m not pursuing a degree anymore,” says Tristan, “I like to study what I’m interested in, and a road map to a degree feels as restricting as eighth grade all over again.”
* Age is approximate.
** Not their real names.