Wanting To Make A Difference In The World, This Young Student Has Her Sights Set On Politics
Ava, 12, Level I Math, Reading Program Completer
Ava started her Kumon journey just over two years ago at the age of 10, and in that time has already successfully completed the Kumon Reading Program. Being in the 7th grade, Ava can say she has already analyzed the works of Shakespeare.
“I enjoyed the excerpts in the reading program so much that I ended up borrowing the books to read in my spare time, such as, Pride and Prejudice, The Hobbit, and The Story of My Life,” said Ava. “I also enjoyed interpreting Shakespeare because it’s like a puzzle that’s just waiting for me to solve.”
Now, she is determined to complete the Kumon Math Program. She’s already studying above her grade level, but she knows that with a little perseverance, she can complete the entire program—which ends in calculus. Ava thanks Kumon for being able to grasp math concepts with ease in school.
As a lifelong resident of Hawaii, it’s no surprise Ava loves taking breaks at the beach from her busy school schedule. She has even developed a sense of wanderlust at a young age with a passion for traveling and discovering new places. After five years of perfecting the art of hula dancing, Ava is proud to say that her hula dance group was selected to perform at the recent 2019 Rose Bowl Parade, and will be the youngest member of her group to perform! Wanting to make a difference in the world, she sees a future in politics or activism, so she can be the voice of people who want to be heard.
Ava’s perseverance and determination was recognized by having been one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Ava about her Kumon journey thus far.
What’s the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon thus far?
Patience is the most beneficial thing I’ve learned because it helps me in and out of the classroom. For example, I will not always understand the formula, but I won’t give up on it right away. I will take a break and ask the teacher for help. Patience also helps me with hula dancing because I may not always get the move down, so I will take a breath and ask my friend for help and try it again.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
Perseverance. There were many times when I felt like giving up, but I told myself that I would not give up so easily and I would try again. Perseverance got me to where I am now—completing the Kumon Reading Program, and working on Level I in the Kumon Math Program.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
I tend to be a sore loser at times, and Kumon has taught me to persevere and keep my frustration at bay. For example, when I lose a game, I don’t get mad and give up. I remain positive and try again, just like in Kumon when I am struggling with a concept.
What keeps you motivated in Kumon?
The thought that Kumon will help me through challenges in life, like my academics, motivates me because I know that Kumon helps many kids get past those tests to be accepted into college. I really want to attend college and study either business or politics, which requires sharp reading and math skills. I know it will help me for my future, and I will never stop giving it my all.
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
It allowed me to meet other kids who also enjoy Kumon. Most of my friends don’t understand why I do Kumon or believe me when I say I do it for fun and to be smarter. I met so many people who like Kumon, and even like Harry Potter. It was fun talking about our Kumon experiences and our favorite Harry Potter characters.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
Kumon takes a lot of work and patience. Even though you might feel like you will never finish your worksheet, remember that you’re working to be a smarter student, don’t let the worksheets stop you!