Blog: What CIP Means To Me Contest Winner - Tristan

Meet Tristan, a student from CIP Berkeley and the winner of our What CIP Means to Me Contest!


What CIP Means to Me

What does CIP mean to me?

I think I’ve reached where I’m meant to be.

I have more friends than I can count on both hands

And I’m more confident than I’ve ever been.

How has CIP helped me reach my goals?

I think I’m finally on a roll.

I’ve started on my path to success,

And the reason is, I’m learning to do my best

Every day, to make this world better -

And I’ll never give up, no matter the weather.

I don’t really know how to explain,

But I feel I’ve found a balance between sun and rain.

And the most important thing I’ve learned from this,

Is: true friendship leads to happiness!

If someone were to ask me what I’ve learned that I can share,

It’s that I’m finding new reasons to care.

I would tell them I’ve found something really good,

And I no longer feel like I’m lost in the woods.

Now I know what to let go and what I should hold dear,

And I’m figuring out how to overcome my fears:

The unknowns of life should be something to learn,

And cause excitement, not worry, at every turn.

If someone asked me what I would say

About my experience since my first day

I would tell them that I've found my home

And I no longer have to face the world alone.

These feelings I've had since the start of this ride

Are filling me up with joy inside.

I don’t have the words to say how grateful I am,

But I’m trying to show it the best way I can.

I’m dancing and playing on a cloud,

In this warm light of the magic I’ve found.

I feel like a bird leaving the nest and taking wing,

So I’ll say from my heart:


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