First Degree Black Belt Sets Goals to Reach her Dreams

First Degree Black Belt Sets Goals to Reach her Dreams

portrait photo of a student named Alexandra

Alexandra, 14-years-oldMath Level L & Reading Level I II 

14-year-old Alexandra is far from your average student. With a level of focus and intensity that’s unmatched, she continues to set goals for herself and strive for greatness. Being promoted to a first degree black belt in martial arts and getting inducted into the Mensa Honor Society just scratch the surface of Alexandra’s many accomplishments. 

student posing in a fighting position wearing martial arts clothing in front of their home piano

She credits her success and eagerness to take on any challenge that is thrown her way to her time in Kumon. The secret to Alexandra’s success in and out of the classroom? Self-learning.  

“One of the main messages Kumon presents to its students is that each student is unique, especially when it comes to learning,” said Alexandra. “Every student learns and grows at their own pace, and Kumon is tailored to support this statement. Knowing this, I am able to value diversity and accept people and their differences.” 

Outside of the classroom, Alexandra is an accomplished pianist and an active member of the Central Illinois Philippine American Society – embracing her roots and promoting the culture throughout her community. 

Despite her busy schedule, Alexandra always finds time to give back to her community. She volunteers with the Central Illinois Foodbank to provide food for those in need. 

four students wearing kumon badges huddled together for a group photo

Over the years, Alexandra has also developed a passion for numbers. With her eyes on the future, she hopes to become either an engineer, chemist or actuary and put her skills to the test. Alexandra is confident that she will reach her goals no matter how small or big they may be. 

“I took my love for math and ventured into the world of chemistry. I credit Kumon for my academic achievements, including earning high school credits while in middle school,” said Alexandra. “Kumon instilled in me the value of patience and hard work, and I continue to apply that in all of my subjects at school.” 

It’s no surprise that Alexandra was one of 56 students selected for Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The attendees were celebrated for their current accomplishments and encouraged to aspire to become individuals who tackle some of the world’s challenges. 

“When I found out I was selected, I was ecstatic and thrilled that I was given this opportunity with other brilliant students who were equally deserving to be there,” said Alexandra. “My favorite part was listening to former Kumon Students. They presented their successful paths after completing the program, which really planted a hopeful dream in my eyes.  

a student named Alexandra standing in front of a learning center branded wall

Attendees had the opportunity to learn from each other through a variety of enjoyable educational activities designed to foster team building, group discussion, critical thinking and creativity.  

“Giving Kumon a chance and sticking by it was the best thing my parents have done for me,” said Alexandra. “I made life-long friends from all over the country and further bonded with the ones locally. I wouldn’t trade my Kumon experience for anything, because I know that with the opportunities Kumon has provided me, I will be presented with even more in the future.”  

Alexandra shares with us how Kumon has helped her in the classroom and advice for Kumon Students beginning their journey. 

What do you enjoy most about Kumon? 

What I enjoy most about Kumon is the mental stimulation and independent learning environment. I am free to figure things out on my own and that really gives me a sense of accomplishment. I like that I’m able to advance at my own pace on challenging math concepts and I don’t have to wait for the rest of the class to catch up.  

What is the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon thus far? 

Kumon has taught me that it is okay to make mistakes on my worksheets, because those mistakes help deepen my understanding of concepts and relationships which can be applied in all aspects of life. 

What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?  

My advice to kids just starting Kumon is to be patient. With patience comes prosperity. People who further thrive in their success don’t just wake up with it. They struggle, fight, and conquer with patience and their words. 

family portrait photo with the student named Alexandra in the middle

How has Kumon helped you academically? 

Kumon has helped me academically by improving my comprehension and developing my critical thinking abilities. Kumon has instilled in me a study habit at an early age which helped me excel academically and I make studying “look” easy.  

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why? 

I look up to many people in my life, but the one I know who will become the most impactful is me. I find my future self as an inspiration, because all of my hopes and dreams for myself remind me to persevere through all of life’s hardships. I set small goals for myself so that I can get closer to becoming who I aspire to be. Why be someone else when who you dream to be can be greater?  

If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be? 


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