Tristan is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at her local community college. She is very strong willed and has endured some medical complications at birth which contributes to this strength. She is the second oldest of seven children. Tristan is extremely helpful to her parents when needed by contributing to cleaning house and helping her younger siblings with homework.
Like her sister, Jordan, she also believes that people are treated differently based on their income. While she hasn’t experienced this personally, she explains how “sometimes rich people make fun of poor people who are on the roads sometimes.”
When she talks about what others do for her that make her feel good, she talks about being respected and listened to. This is a common comment that comes up when we interview people about their poverty experiences. Even though Tristan talks about this in relation to how others make her feel good, and not about her poverty experience directly, it highlights the importance of respect and how that can go a long way.