Tristan Kirk '13
Tristan Kirk ’13’s record at the University of Redlands has been impressive, both on and off the court.
As a basketball player, the Redlands native has been named All-SCIAC three times, is a 1,000 point scorer, and was the Frank Serrao Male Student-Athlete of the Year. In the classroom, he is a government major with a pre-law emphasis.
“I came here primarily for basketball, but it ended up being a lot more than that,” he said. “It’s been a great four years.”
As a member of the team all four years, Kirk was able to experience several highs.
“I’ve received some personal accolades, but nothing compared to the two SCIAC championships we won,” he said. “During my sophomore year, it was the first one in 21 years, and to send the seniors out with that honor was great. We were lucky enough to repeat this year.”
Kirk grew close to his teammates, and found that being part of a collective “taught me more than I can put into words.”
“It’s influenced everything I’ve done at Redlands,” he said. “I was always with the guys, on and off the court, and during the season we were together way too much. It’s like a full time job but a lot more fun. We study together, and hang out. It really gave me a group to identify with when I first got here.”
Kirk was able to balance basketball with a course load that included constitutional law and ethics classes.
“The professors have been integral in my success,” he said. “The small student body allows you to get close to your professors, and they are willing to help with anything every step of the way.”
Because of that, Kirk is ready to attend law school following graduation.
“My government degree fits in perfectly with that and has prepared me well,” he said.