Tell me about yourself.
My name is Tristin Hurst. I also go by Doge, but Tristin Hurst is more common. I’m twelve. I go to The Grayson School. I made a hobby of storytelling.
What is an independent study, and what is yours?
An independent study is a certain topic that you choose to study on your own. You study with a teacher once a week. I have two independent studies. One is writing a screenplay that I hope to submit to a network. The other is creating a Minecraft mod using Java.
Why are you doing an independent study?
I just heard that other people were doing it, and I wanted help writing a screenplay.
What got you interested in your topic?
Watching different movies and shows. I thought, what if I make my own movie or show? I got into that for years, storytelling.
What have you been challenged by?
Finding a network that will accept a screenplay from a twelve-year-old kid.
What advice would you give to a student who wants to do an independent study?
Make sure it’s something that you actually want to spend a lot of time on. Make sure to find a teacher who you want to work with, and who knows about what you want to do.
How has your project helped you grow?
Well, I’m happy because I have forty minutes where I get to work at my own pace. I’ve gotten better at writing and grammar. I’m an independent person.