Her Musical Performances Transform Audiences, but Her Academic Abilities Will Change the World - Kumon

Her Musical Performances Transform Audiences, but Her Academic Abilities Will Change the World

Rin Anderson headshot

Rin, 12-years-old, Level L Math 

At just 12-years-old, Rin is wise beyond her years. She’s not only gifted in the classroom, but she’s also received accolades that many aspiring adult musicians dream of achieving.  

Rin, a gifted violinist, performs at Carnegie HallAfter enrolling in Kumon when she was five years old, Rin quickly obtained a strong foundation in math and reading, and to this day, she continues to advance further beyond her grade level. She’s participated in a local university’s gifted and talented program since the third grade and recently competed in the Crescendo International Competition. Her violin skills took home “Best Performance Prize” at Carnegie Hall.  

“Sometimes, people ask me why I work so hard to get first place in a music competition or why I spend extra time studying,” said Rin. “They don’t understand that I’ve set goals to help me achieve my dreams.” 

One of those dreams—becoming a scientific doctor and contributing to scientific research that could impact future generations. 

Rin was one of 56 students selected from thousands of applicants from the United States, Canada and Mexico to attend Kumon’s 2018 Student Conference. She talks about her journey with Kumon.   

Rin with Kumon North America President Mino Tanabe

Rin shaking hands with Kumon North America President Mino Tanabe

How has Kumon helped you beyond academics? 

Kumon has helped me learn how to organize my work and how to study better. What I appreciate the most about Kumon is that I never get bored with math. Kumon allows me to study at my own pace and advance beyond my grade level 

What’s the biggest benefit you have received from Kumon? 

Kumon has really taught me how to concentrate better and not get easily distracted. Kumon has also taught me independence and to look to myself before I ask any questions. I know that I can solve problems on my own. 

What do you hope to accomplish with Kumon? 

I hope to complete the entire Kumon Math Program by the end of the 8th grade. This will allow me to continue to study above grade level and focus on other subjects in high school.  

What advice do you have for other Kumon Students? 

Take the time to set goals and concentrate on yourself. Focus on what you want to achieve and then set a plan to achieve it. Don’t get frustrated when the work gets hard. It’s important to be confident in yourself and know that you can do anything if you have a plan. 

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