This Young Student Hopes to be an Inspiration to Others
Nicholas, 12-years-old, Math Level J, Reading Program Completer
“It’s the inspired student that continues to learn on their own. That’s what separates the real achievers in the world from those who pedal along, finishing assignments.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Astrophysicist
Some of the world’s greatest scientists, mathematicians and innovators like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Cornelia Bargmann, and Barbara McClintock have paved the way for today’s future leaders. With their ground-breaking advancements in technology and science, society has benefited from their solutions and knowledge – opening the flood gates for further discovery and optimization.
You can say that 12-year-old Nicholas has already displayed some of the same qualities of those movers and shakers in the world of STEM. You see, Nicholas has this unique desire to learn and is always hungry for more. With an eye always on the future, he realizes the importance of developing skills in STEM because of the way it can impact our society. Nicholas credits Kumon for his boost in confidence and belief in his potential which continues to drive him to learn on his own every day.
“Kumon has helped me to become more confident in everything I do, and to believe in my potential,” said Nicholas. “I have always been reminded of the importance to persevere through life’s most challenging moments. With this mentality, I know that I can reach any goal I set for myself.”
Nicholas began his Kumon journey when he was only 4-years-old and has since transformed into an independent learner – ready to take on any challenge. Already studying above grade level, he has an academic edge over his peers. In the Kumon Math Program, he is studying high school-level algebra working on quadratic equations and factorization. Nicholas recently completed Kumon Reading Program – an accomplishment he’s very proud of. He now has a solid grasp on literature, having already analyzed notable literary works such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth.
Nicholas’ desire to further develop his analytical and problem-solving skills, lead him to participating in Destination Imagination. The organization is dedicated to developing project-based learning programs that incorporate STEM education along with arts and social entrepreneurship. He enjoys participating in this exciting program, which has inspired him to further build skills that will benefit him in the future.
Since he was 5-years-old, Nicholas has been swimming competitively for the Cypress Mill Mako Sharks Summer League. With his dedication to becoming a stronger swimmer, he has walked away as a medal and ribbon winner from many of his meets. Out of the pool he enjoys playing the clarinet for his school band and running cross country.
Nicholas has remained motivated in Kumon as he would like to be an inspiration to others one day.
“I am so grateful and fortunate for the opportunity I was given to be enrolled in the Kumon Program,” said Nicholas. “My parents weren’t fortunate to be given the same opportunities as I was given, and I will not let them down. I want to help spread the importance of education in my community and be an inspiration to others.”
Nicholas’ hard work and discipline didn’t go unnoticed, as he was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Nicholas about his Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
Kumon has given me the confidence I need to excel in the classroom. I have learned that hard work always pays off. If at first a concept seems challenging or even frustrating, with dedication you can master anything you put your mind to.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
Dedication – I have learned in Kumon that if you remain dedicated to the work, you will succeed.
What do you enjoy most about Kumon?
Kumon has helped me achieve excellent grades in school and I really enjoy the wonderful feeling that brings to me.
What is the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon thus far?
I would have to say the most beneficial thing I’ve learned thus far has been how to properly summarize pieces of literature and paragraph structure in writing. I have been able to apply this in school when I am writing essays.
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
Attending the Student Conference motivated me to complete both the Kumon Math and Reading Program. The experience was truly unforgettable, and I’ve never traveled internationally. I am extremely grateful to for this opportunity and for my academic success thanks to Kumon.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
My advice for other Kumon Students would be to set a goal of completing the program. At times it may be challenging, but the outcome will change your life just as Kumon has impacted mine.