Triston L.

Undergraduate Recipient

"What inspirational advice would you give to others with CF entering high school or college? As part of your essay, please also explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

College, as well as high school, is a difficult transition period for most. It is a time where we gain freedoms, but at the price of more responsibilities. For those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, it can be even more difficult to manage life while having so many challenges thrown at you at once.

I would give two pieces of advice to those struggling with CF during difficult transition periods in life, like college and high school:

Number one; have a set purpose in life, for which you want to pursue your passions through college. The purpose can be a role in life which you have taken on, or a meaning in life which you have created for yourself, but without purpose you will not have a passion.

Number two; when you have a purpose and passion, hold tightly to it. Work tirelessly at doing whatever it is you care about. Simply having the courage to keep moving forward when you're uncomfortable. And having the resilience to never give up, even when things are bleak, will be the deciding factor in whether or not you will strive for and eventually fulfill your life's purpose.

The sea turtle drawing project I did represents courage, resilience, and strength as it does in many cultures. This was my intended meaning for the drawing, because I see the turtle as I see myself, always moving forward in life, never giving up. This is what gives me the strength to endure life with CF.


Triston L.'s Artwork

Triston L.'s Achievements

  • Vice President of The Society of Physics Students University of Idaho chapter - 2015 - present
  • High Sigma (academic officer) of Lambda Chi Alpha University of Idaho chapter - 2015 - present
  • Volunteer College of Southern Idaho Centennial Observatory research telescope operator - 2013 - 2014
  • Personal art series displayed at Jerome High School - 2014
  • Treasurer of the University of Idaho Visual Arts Community - 2015 - present
  • Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars University of Idaho Chapter - 2015 - present
  • Performed live guitar with band 'Sine of Life' at Jerome High School's "Tiger Mania"- May 2014