Academics is at The Heart of This Kumon Student and Speedway Track Champion’s Success
Nandini Breggin, 14 years old, Math Level O
There she was, 14-year-old Nandini Breggin at the Annual Awards Banquet sponsored by NASCAR. Nandini was presenting her five-minute acceptance speech to over 1,000 people in attendance after being recognized as the 2018 Colorado National Speedway Track Champion in the INEX Fast Bandolero (Car #3).
Nandini is also the K1Speed 2019 Adult Grand Prix Champion. In the K1Speed Adult Grand Prix, she was undefeated in the 2019 season with 12 consecutive wins. Nandini is proud and humble as she reflects on all the hard work it took to earn these awards. From driving practice to being able to work on the car with her dad, she feels that the experience has really impacted her growth and who she is becoming as a person.
“This award that I have earned has shown me that working as hard as you can, by playing fair, can have amazing results as long as you keep believing in yourself,” says Nandini.
She also enjoys go karting, classical Indian Kuchipudi Dancing, robotics, and spending time with her family and friends. Nandini is currently on the FIRST Robotics Team (Komodo 4293) and recently made it to semifinals out of 50+ teams in the Utah Regionals (2020). As her love for robotics continues to grow, she is devoted to building a Jetbot Nano Robot to further her learning experience.
All these experiences would not be possible without Nandini’s academic commitment and success. It has been eight years since she first enrolled in Kumon. Since then, she has been able to adapt and transfer so many skills from Kumon to her personal life.
“The most beneficial thing that I have learned in Kumon thus far is time management,” says Nandini. “In my house, Kumon is considered homework since it is academic. No fun and games until all of my Kumon is done.”
Kumon has also helped Nandini build up her confidence and perseverance. No matter what she faces, she has the tools to approach the situation from an independent learning perspective.
She relates this self-learning back to her experience as a Kumon Student. She will try to solve the problem at hand and only ask for help where it is needed.
With so much to balance in her personal and academic life, Nandini is grateful to have the support of her loving parents. Her dedication to family, Kumon, sports, and hobbies has granted her another accomplishment.
In 2019, Nandini was selected as 1 in 56 students to attend Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference in Chicago Illinois. It has been a pleasure seeing Nandini’s growth and achievements since and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.
Get to know a bit more about Nandini and what drives her passion:
What is your favorite book and why?
Flashback From the Keeper of the Lost Cities Series by Shannon Messenger is my favorite book because there is a mixture of action, adventure, fantasy, and so many plot twists. The plot twists with the different creatures, such as dwarves, gnomes, ogres, elves, goblins and human blends together beautifully, and I never want to stop reading it. Each time I read Flashback, there are so many ideas and theories in my mind of what is going to happen next. From another big adventure to saving the city of Atlantis, this book has a fantastic plot.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I want to be a computer engineer that works on Artificial Intelligence to advance our knowledge in the technological and medical industries.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspiration(s) are my parents. They have taught me to never give up, and to always strive for my best. They are my role models. Whenever I am in a difficult situation or need any help, I can always turn to them for the right answer. They are always proud of me whether I have good days or bad days.
What was your experience like at the Student Conference, and what was your favorite part?
My experience at the student conference was amazing. My favorite part was how nice everyone was, and that everyone who attended had a different background story from where they were from.
What is up next for you?
I am learning how to drive a stick shift, so that I can participate in the Teen Mazda Challenge.