Elizabeth, 16; Instructor: Christine Chang
Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth, of Daly City, Calif., keeps Kumon on the top of her busy to-do list, which includes seven extracurricular activities in addition to school and Kumon. Her dedication to continuing Kumon has allowed Elizabeth to complete the entire Kumon Reading Program (Level L), and she’s now on her way to completing Kumon’s Math Program.
Juggling both the Kumon Math and Reading Programs, in addition to her other commitments, was challenging at times. However, she stayed focused to complete both programs. For Elizabeth, it never occurred to her not to finish, because she believes that once you start something, you should strive to finish it.
Elizabeth is active in both ballet and modern dance, her youth group and her church leadership and worship team. She is also a Jefferson Union High School District’s Peer Educator/Student Mentor and a volunteer at her local medical center and works with the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation. Last year, the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation recognized Elizabeth for her volunteer efforts by nominating her as the 2009 Arthritis Walk Honoree for San Francisco. She gave speeches, made appearances and participated in a public service announcement on behalf of the Foundation.
“Kumon helps my grades,” Elizabeth said. “I also get a great feeling of accomplishment doing the worksheets. I work really hard, and then it seems easy after I master the new material.”
Now an 11th grader, Elizabeth knows that finding the time to study and learn new concepts can be challenging. However, both her Kumon Instructor Christine Chang and her mother provide daily encouragement for Elizabeth to complete the Math Program, just as they have done from the beginning.
Elizabeth’s advice to other Kumon students is to “just keep trying.” Elizabeth advises that, “Kumon helped me to develop and nurture my intelligence. It can be hard, but it really pays off.”
She hopes to attend University of California, Davis, University of California, Los Angeles, or University of the Pacific after graduation.