Tristan Carico has been accepted to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program for Summer and Fall 2019. This program allows select students the opportunity to pursue extended research with one or more faculty mentors at the Yale Child Study Center over a summer plus a semester. Tristan will work with Drs. Christina Cipriano and Cindy Willner on research that aims to better understand the development of emotion regulation in children and adolescents.
Tristan describes himself and his hopes for his time at Yale as follows:
“My name is Tristan Carico, and I’m a junior psychology major at Sewanee: The University of the South. I’ve moved a lot during my life, but the majority of my family currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Growing up, I had a range of different education experiences: I’ve attended a private school, multiple public schools, multiple charter schools, and a couple years of homeschool. Those experiences have given me a strong interest in education systems.
I currently spend most of my time working on the education consulting company that I founded during my freshman year at Sewanee. The company—Tarkwork—has been a learning experiment to address the question, “Can one learn the basics of business without actually taking a business class?” as well as a vehicle of change. The company’s long-term mission is focused on creating programs that enhance the current education system by way of a more comprehensive view of intelligence and academic success.
The company’s mission comes from my own personal interests. I’m fascinated by the questions around academic success: what makes a student successful and how do we measure success? During my time at Yale, I will be working with the Center for Emotional Intelligence to create emotional intelligence assessments for children at different age levels. I’m excited for this program because it’s the perfect opportunity to fuse my personal experience and academic experience into research that could answer my questions around academic success."