This Young Kumon Student Learned To Love New Challenges in Math
Praksitha’s love for math and general tenacity has helped her get ahead both in-and-out of the classroom. Already setting the goal to one day become a pathologist, she is determined to stay ahead academically, while maintaining a well-rounded extracurricular activity schedule.
She has a love for ice skating and Bharatanatyam – a form of Indian classical dance, but she also enjoys assisting others. Helping her fellow classmates solve tough math problems in class is not the only thing she does to support her peers, she has been elected and currently serving as a member of the student council for two terms.
Praksitha even took her academic talents to the next level to compete with other young scholars at state level for Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. The organization is dedicated to developing project-based learning programs that incorporate STEM education along with arts and social entrepreneurship. Praksitha participates seasonally with her team in this exciting experience to really put her math skills to the test!
Praksitha’s love for math guided her to Destination Imagination, but it’s her tenacity that earned her a
ticket to the 2018 Kumon Student Conference. She was just one of 56 Kumon Students from the United States, Canada and Mexico to attend the conference! She shares some of the experiences of her 8-year Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you in the classroom?
Whenever there’s a hard question in math, my teacher calls me up to solve it. I also can help other students when they are solving a math problem.
How has Kumon helped you beyond academics?
Kumon has taught me many valuable lessons such as being confident in myself, motivation, time management, creative thinking and discipline. Kumon challenges me consistently by introducing new concepts one after the other. In school, there’s a requirement to learn two new languages and it was easy to adapt as Kumon frequently inspires me to learn new concepts.
What keeps you motivated in Kumon?
Kumon can be tough sometimes, but all of the challenges and the resulting benefits keep me motivated. Kumon teaches me everything well ahead of time, so when I learn it in school, I have already had so much practice that I always speed through it. This tells me that if I keep going in Kumon, I will always achieve my math goals.
What did it mean to you to be invited to the 2018 Kumon Student Conference?
First off, I was very excited because this is the first time I have been invited. Attending the conference has given me the opportunity to interact with different students from Kumon North America Centers, and listen to their experiences and best practices.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
Just stick with it and never give up!