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This Black Belt in Karate is Driven by Perseverance

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Somya Nog, 11, Level J Math and Level L Reading

Somya, a bright and ambitious young student, is proud to say she’s close to completing the Kumon Reading Program, and has reached Level J in Math, which is the study of algebra. This 11-year-old has proven time and time again that perseverance is the secret to achieving her goals both in-and-out of Kumon.

Somya practicing Kathak, Indian classical danceHaving been enrolled in the Kumon Math and Reading Program since the age of three, her parents credit Kumon for her mental discipline, which they’ve seen become exceptionally stronger over time, and the ability to commit to any challenge that is given to her. Somya has also developed a love and desire to continually learn new concepts.

Ambition comes top of mind when describing Somya’s character. Outside of the classroom, she is an accomplished violinist in the school orchestra, practices Kathak (Indian Classical Dance), and plays tennis. Somya also achieved first-level black belt in karate earlier this year.

When asked about her aspirations for the future, she confidently states, “I would like to be a software engineer for Microsoft.” There’s no stopping Somya from achieving her dreams.

Somya poses at a violin recitalBecause of Somya’s accomplishments and her natural ambition for success, she was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had a chance to talk to Somya about her Kumon journey thus far.

How has Kumon helped you in the classroom?

It has helped me in the classroom because I feel like I already know the material that is being covered, so it’s almost like a review for me. Thanks to Kumon, I am skipping 6th grade math, and advancing to 7th grade math.

What keeps you motivated in Kumon?

I think that the excitement and the challenges that come packed with each level and every new concept keeps me motivated in Kumon. Also, I will soon be reaching J by 6 in Math (the study of algebra before the 6th grade) and am excited! I have already reached J by 6 in Reading, so that’s cool!

How has Kumon helped you beyond academics?

Kumon has significantly helped me develop discipline and commitment in life. It has also helped me develop a keenness to learn new concepts, and more importantly, how different approaches can be used to solve the same problem. This helps me face the challenges in life better. Kumon has also given me a platform to seek inspiration and learn from my peers, and not just teachers.

Somya smiles with friends at the Kumon Student Conference

What did it mean to you to be invited to the 2018 Kumon Student Conference?

One day, my mom said that there was something special in the mail, and I said, “Wow! Did I get accepted?” I was so excited!

What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?

Perseverance and just stick with it. It’s going to be hard, trust me I’ve been there, and you will want to quit. Keep going and push yourself because you can accomplish a lot with Kumon.

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