This Ballerina Applies Discipline And Perseverance On And Off The Stage
Asmita, 11-years-old, Math Level K, Reading Program Completer
“Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”– Martha Graham, American Modern Dancer and Choreographer
At a young age, Asmita discovered the art of dance through ballet. Ballet could arguably be the most demanding form of dance – requiring a high level of discipline from ballerinas. They must maintain strength and flexibility to master techniques like grande allegro (big leaps), turnouts for clean footwork, and port de bras (movement of the arms).
Asmita has remained disciplined in her practice and it shows when she’s on stage performing – proving to be a graceful and strong ballerina. She has found that since enrolling in Kumon, she has become increasingly more disciplined with everything she does. The key to her success? Practice, practice, practice.
“Kumon has given me a sense of discipline that helps me with every aspect of life, including ballet,” said Asmita. “Outside of the classroom, dance is definitely my biggest passion. I’ve learned to never give up even when things get tough for me. My perseverance has helped me master some of the most challenging techniques in ballet through daily practice.”
Asmita’s journey in Kumon began when she was just 4-years-old and has since transformed into being an independent learner. Before entering middle school, Asmita successfully completed the Kumon Reading Program. She can say she has already analyzed notable pieces of literature that are typically covered in high school, like William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In the Kumon Math Program, she is currently working above grade level on concepts like exponential equations and higher degree functions.
Having gained an academic edge over her peers, she is now able to help her classmates that are having trouble with certain concepts in school. Asmita has even found joy in learning and takes every challenge she faces as a learning experience.
When she is not leaping across the stage in a ballet recital, she also has a passion for Indian classical dance and gymnastics.
When we asked Asmita about her future aspirations she said, “I want to become a pediatric endocrinologist when I grow up. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I feel that if I become an endocrinologist, I can really help children who are being treated for diabetes and make a connection with my patients.”
With Asmita’s unwavering perseverance and discipline, she will be able to achieve her dreams of one day becoming a pediatric endocrinologist.
Asmita’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 Asmita about her Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you inside of the classroom?
Kumon has helped me so much in school. Since I’ve been enrolled, I have been receiving better grades and master concepts a lot faster!
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, I have been able to manage my time and persevere through challenging moments.
What is the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon?
The most beneficial thing I’ve learned in Kumon has been that it’s not important to just solve a problem in hopes of it being correct. It’s far more important to understand the problem and solve it properly, even if it’s the difference between you getting the answer right or wrong.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
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?
Attending the Student Conference was like a dream come true for me. I was able to connect with other Kumon Students who were just like me. It was an experience I will never forget!
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
Remember that you’re doing Kumon for yourself and no one else.