With a Passion for Astronomy, this Kumon Student Wants to Become an Astrophysicist - Kumon

With a Passion for Astronomy, this Kumon Student Wants to Become an Astrophysicist


Ahmed, 13-years-old, Level L Math, Reading Program Completer

Not many 13-year-olds have the maturity to know what they want to do with their life and the discipline to set goals to achieve that dream. Well, Ahmed isn’t your typical 13-year-old.

Ahmed speaking

He loves the world of science and has a dream of becoming an astrophysicist. “What’s that?” you ask. It’s the study of astrophysics, which is a branch of astronomy concerned with the physical nature of stars and other celestial bodies, and the application of the laws and theories of physics to the interpretation of astronomical observations.

To put it simply, the goals of astrophysicists are to discover how the universe works, explore how it began and evolved, and search for life on planets around other stars.

This is a subject that Ahmed is absolutely fascinated by! In fact, he’s so passionate about it that he participates every year in Science Olympiad, a nationwide science competition, and is developing a high level of math proficiency in the Kumon Math Program. He knows that he’ll need those skills in order to become an astrophysicist. He tells us about his journey with Kumon and his hopes for the future.

Ahmed shakes hands with Kumon President Mino Tanabe

Ahmed shakes hands with Kumon North America President Mino Tanabe at the 2018 Kumon Student Conference

How has Kumon helped you beyond academics?

Kumon has helped me learn discipline and focus. Back when I was in the first grade, I had trouble paying attention in school and wasn’t really a top student like my friends. Then, I found Kumon. My learning improved so much and by the time I was in the second grade, I surpassed all of my friends! I’ve been enrolled for seven years now and feel confident about everything I do.

What keeps you motivated in Kumon?

My dreams and my goals keep me motivated in Kumon. I have a passion for physics and astronomy and hope to become an astrophysicist someday. All of the math that they do is complicated so I know that I need to perform at a very high level in the subject in order to achieve that goal.

Why do you want to become an astrophysicist?

I think it’s so fascinating that they get to measure planets, stars, nebulas and galaxies to figure out more about how we got here. I’m intrigued by the thought of whether or not we are alone or if there is more life to explore. I want to be the person that finds another life or finds inhabitable planets.

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Note: This is the first article in a new series highlighting the students who attended the 2018 Kumon Student Conference. Every Monday, we’ll share a different story for some extra #MondayMotivation.