THIS KUMON STUDENT HAS A BLACK BELT IN TAEKWONDO AND APPLIES SELF-LEARNING IN HER EVERY DAY ROUTINE
Repetition. This is just one similarity between Kumon and Taekwondo. In order to master a new skill, it takes practice and repetition. At just 11 years old, Sriya understands the power of repetition. She has a black belt in Taekwondo and is currently studying 2-years above her grade level in Kumon. There’s an essence of confidence surrounding Sriya that will help her overcome any obstacle as she works towards her future goal of becoming a pediatrician.
Sriya has experienced many academic accomplishments to compliment that black belt in Taekwondo. She’s received the President Award for Educational Excellence, placed 3rd in an American Mathematics Competition against students older than her, and is currently taking college courses. In her spare time, she also volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association Community Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 2018.
Because of her accomplishments both in-and-out of the classroom, Sriya was one of 56 Kumon Students from the United States, Canada and Mexico to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference.
She shares how Kumon has helped her on her journey.
What’s the biggest benefit you’ve received from Kumon?
The biggest benefit I’ve received from Kumon is self-learning. In a situation where I don’t have a teacher or don’t know the answer to a question, self-learning is key. This will even help me later in life in my career.
What do you hope to accomplish from Kumon?
I want to be a doctor, so I want to use my Kumon skills like self-learning and my math ability to help me achieve my goals.
How has Kumon helped you in the classroom?
It has helped me a lot! In fact, I am advanced compared to my classmates. I am also currently taking college courses. Kumon has given me that basis of self-learning and skills which has helped me with those courses.
How has Kumon helped you beyond academics?
Kumon has taught me to see repetition as a helping hand rather than a barrier. I know that each individual worksheet I work on is encouraging me to master my skills. This benefits me beyond academics, like in Taekwondo, tennis and swimming. I can see how repetition assists me to master everything I do. For example, when I practice skills in Taekwondo, I have to do them repeatedly, that way I am sharp with those techniques. Every time I swing my tennis racket across my shoulder, I am building skills.
What did it mean to you to be invited to the 2018 Kumon Student Conference?
I loved meeting other people that shared the same mindset. I loved the speeches and seeing the brain power of my peers and how they work and realize the importance of education. If we all work together as a group, we can change the world with our education.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
The goal is to never give up!