This Aspiring Astronomer is Shooting for the Stars
Arushi, 12-years-old, Level K Math
12-year-old Arushi has her sights set on space, in hopes to one day become an astronomer. She knows that in order to accomplish that dream, she’ll need strong math skills. Something that she has been perfecting in the Kumon Math Program for the past four years. She’s currently studying quadratic equations—concepts that high schoolers normally tackle—and is determined to complete the entire Kumon Math Program.
Arushi credits Kumon for making her a stronger individual, and for motivating her to continually make personal improvements and set goals for herself. She has been in the Gifted and Talented Program at her school since the fourth grade, and has been flourishing ever since. She even took her math skills to the next level at The Calgary Elementary School Math Contest sponsored by Mount Royal University.
Arushi has excelled at balancing her academics and busy extracurricular activity schedule. With a natural talent for the performing arts, you can find her on stage playing the clarinet with the school band. She even played the lead in the school opera when she was in the fifth grade. Because of her accomplishments, she was one of 56 Kumon Students from the United States, Canada and Mexico to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference.
Arushi tells us how Kumon plays a critical role in her life.
What keeps you motivated in Kumon?
My main motivation in Kumon is academic success. Kumon has laid a strong foundation down for me in math. This foundation has made my math work easier and has allowed me to devote my time to other academics, as well as my passion for debate. I feel that I have great potential and believe that Kumon will help me live up to that potential. Being a self-directed learner, I am self-motivated to do Kumon because I would like to make a positive contribution globally through my education.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Kumon has instilled a permanent love for learning in me. I developed many skills including perseverance, time management, and determination. Kumon has taught me that hard work is always intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward. I know that these skills will help me succeed in future endeavors.
How has Kumon helped you in the classroom?
Kumon has contributed to my academic success as well as boost my areas of weakness.
Describe an “a-ha” moment at Kumon when you got it?
Every level in Kumon has brought a new challenge for me. Through my years of Kumon, I have learned that there is nearly a limitless array of methods that can be applied to solving a problem or concept. I often find myself making my own preferred method. For example, I recently have been working with quadratic equations in Kumon. I struggled with memorizing the formulas and how to alter them to easily answer the questions. Through practice, I noticed a pattern between their values, and I am now able to apply the strategy to efficiently answer the questions.
What did it mean to you to be invited to the 2018 Kumon Student Conference?
I was very excited to have this opportunity because it’s once in a lifetime.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
Never give up and look at the long-term benefits, rather than how you’re currently feeling in the moment. In the end, the hard work you put into Kumon is always worth the reward!