Kumon Student on a Self-Paced Journey to Success
Mimansa, 11-years-old, Math Level N, Reading Program Completer
Success is defined differently by everyone. To 11-year-old Mimansa, success means accomplishing goals purposely, efficiently, and at her own pace.
Mimansa juggles multiple weekly soccer practices, ballet classes, and even uses her free time to code a mobile app. Aside from her social and personal interests, she is also passionate about her work in Kumon.
“What I enjoy most about Kumon is the fact that I am not held back based on others’ learning capabilities. Without Kumon, I would still only be learning to divide decimals, a skill I learned four years ago,” says Mimansa.
Mimansa is a proud Kumon Reading Program Completer and is working with the same diligence to also complete the Kumon Math Program. Because of her forward-thinking mindset and strong work ethic, she was invited to attend Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
“I felt elated. I was proud of myself for being one of the 56 students chosen out of countless other great students,” said Mimansa.
Just like in Kumon, Mimansa appreciates the responsibility of advancing at her own pace in life. Much of what keeps her motivated to move forward is her future – what job she could have and how all her learnings will come into fruition. To her, a successful journey is more important than the destination.
What is the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon thus far?
The Kumon Method helps students learn independently. I think that this method is great for grasping new concepts quickly. For example, instead of someone having to lay out every part of a concept, Kumon Students can piece some parts together and learn things easily. By learning with the Kumon Method, your brain becomes accustomed to thinking for yourself. Life will be easier because of your decision-making skills.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be an astrophysicist. I want to know what lies beyond human reach. I want to know what the fate of the universe is and what is causing everything that happens in the universe.
What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?
Motivation is key in learning. Kumon may seem like a waste of time and that there are countless other things you would rather be doing. When you feel like you want to stop, think about where Kumon will get you. Kumon will help you in the future. Kumon will give a running start into the world and in whatever profession you chose.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspiration is Stephen Hawking. Despite all the hardships he was forced to deal with, he still became successful. I also want to have a job in the field of astronomy, which he was a great part of.
What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” by William Shakespeare. This is partially because I find the way William Shakespeare wrote to be mesmerizing. What I particularly like the most about his work is the story. I love how Hermia coped with her problem with her suitor, Demetrius and father, Theseus. Lysander once said, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Hermia and Lysander’s hardship with love seems to be a running theme throughout the play. That is why my favorite book is “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”.
What do you feel most proud of about yourself?
I feel proud of my academic achievements and for coming this far along in the road to success. Outside of academics, I am proud of myself for going on pointe at the age of nine. In addition, I proud of getting selected as the lead in the Mouse Doll Dance in the Nutcracker where I performed on pointe. I’m also proud of winning the league with my soccer team