Increased Confidence has Inspired this Young Girl to Take on any Challenge - Kumon

Increased Confidence has Inspired this Young Girl to Take on any Challenge

Ria sits on a chair at the student conference

Ria, 10-years-old, Math Level H, Reading Level DII

“Give it a try! Or you will never discover your true potential.”- Toru Kumon

Ria has a dream of becoming a billionaire one day. Not for the fame or the power, but rather to help others and solve world issues like finding cures for diseases and ending poverty. Her philanthropic spirit is matched with an unwavering confidence, which is why she isn’t afraid of giving anything a ‘try.’

Ria stands in front of the lake in Banff

Whether it’s learning a new piece on the cello and guitar or running a 5K, Ria is always committed to reaching her goals. From a young age, she discovered the value of dedication no matter the challenge, and that with hard work comes rewards.

“While I was traveling to Banff with my family, I decided to attempt a 10-mile hike. The hike was very challenging at times with inclines and rocky terrain, similar to moments in Kumon like solving difficult math problems,” said Ria. “The hike was tiring, but at the end there was a rewarding treasure of a beautiful, crystal blue lake with a double rainbow up above. Like the hike, in Kumon your hard work pays off and you will be rewarded for your dedication.”

Ria’s journey in Kumon began when she was just 5-years-old. She has since transformed into a confident and dedicated student. Those skills transcend beyond the classroom in just about everything she does. She credits Kumon for her increased self-confidence, which in turn helped her gain a competitive edge.

Ria plays the cello at school

Fully embracing Kumon’s founder Toru Kumon’s philosophy of “Give it a try!”, Ria has explored various extracurricular activities like playing cello, exploring robotics, biking, and photography.

Ria’s hard work and discipline didn’t go unnoticed, as she was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Ria about her Kumon journey.

How has Kumon helped you inside of the classroom?

Academically, I am not afraid of trying new concepts. Although I was good at math when my mom first enrolled me in Kumon, I knew I needed more skills and practice. I’ve come a long way! While new concepts look scary at first, overtime I have learned to push through and solve the problems. My self-confidence has improved, and I now know that I can accomplish anything if I remain determined and focused.

How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?

Ria poses in a yellow dress for a dance recital

I have been able to manage my time and persevere through challenging moments.

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

If you keep trying you will figure it out. It’s great knowing I can solve problems, no matter how complex.

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

Helpful.

What do you enjoy most about Kumon?

I really enjoy being able to learn at my own pace and one that is right for me. I feel like I am mastering concepts a lot faster and can advance.

What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?  

It was very exciting to be with other kids who like me, also want to be the best they can be. Together, we shared our desire of making the world a better place. I really enjoyed hearing stories from former Kumon Students and how Kumon prepared them for their future. I was also inspired to enroll in the Kumon Reading Program after one of the speakers described it as “dessert” – I love reading!

What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?

Even if your work becomes difficult, keep trying and work hard. The work will then become easier.

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