Young Published Artist and Writer is Passionate About Serving Her Community
Siddhi Patel, only 14-years old, is not your average teenager. Besides being fluent in four languages, she is also a writer and talented artist.
Many of Siddhi’s pieces have been recognized and featured in different publications. She participated in the International Peace Poster Contest where she placed first in all of Caledon Township. Siddhi’s art has also been featured at The Legislative Assembly Gala in Ontario, Canada.
In addition to her artistic talents, she had a short story published in a book through a writing contest in 2018.
While Siddhi is known as a creative figure in her community, she is also known as a humble and genuine individual who is always willing to lend a hand. She enjoys volunteering at the local library helping younger students learn how to read. Siddhi has also been a part of many community organizations to help raise funds and awareness for many causes including Jump Rope 4 Heart Foundation.
Out of her many accomplishments, Siddhi is most proud of being a well-rounded student who partakes in multiple activities that help her grow as a person.
“I am involved in many activities in my school and community, such as sports, arts, volunteering, and helping out. Along with this, I have a high academic standing, which I believe is a great achievement for a kid my age,” said Siddhi. “This all shows independence, strength, determination, organizational skills, and time management skills.”
Siddhi credits Kumon for her high academic achievements and ability to juggle so much at once. She joined Kumon when she was seven years old and is so thankful for all that she has learned. She has developed many important characteristics like focus, calmness, and perseverance, all of which have helped her complete any task she puts her mind to finishing.
Siddhi’s hard work in and out of the classroom was what led her to be one of the 56 students who was selected to attend the 2019 Student Conference in Chicago, IL.
“I was so excited to be able to attend something so grand like the Kumon Student Conference. I was grateful that I was able to be a part of this amazing opportunity. This was an incredibly valuable experience for me, and it will inspire me for years to come,” says Siddhi.
Discover what else inspires and interests this selfless Kumon Student:
What is your favorite book and why?
I love to read many different genres of books, including Mystery, Science-Fiction, and Adventure. However, one book that stands out to me is “The End of the Line”. It is a sad, serious, but loving story that is enjoyable for everyone.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
If I could sum up my Kumon experience in one word, I would say it’s been “motivating”.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspiration is Terry Fox, Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. When talking about Terry Fox, the one word that is always used is “perseverance.” This is because that is what Terry Fox’s story was – a story of perseverance. He had gone out of this way to run a marathon to raise money for cancer research even after being diagnosed with cancer. He was incredible! He has shown me that with enough hard work and lots of perseverance, anything is possible, and I truly believe that.
What was your experience like at the Student Conference, and what was your favorite part?
My experience at the Student Conference was stunning and astonishing! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would have never been a part of if it wasn’t for Kumon. The entire conference was my favorite, but a few highlight moments include the fact that I got to meet other Kumon students who had a similar mindset as me and we were all able to interact and have fun as the event was to be very engaging. On top of that, I was able to meet the president of Kumon North America, Mino Tanabe, and shake his hand.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I want to grow up, I want to be an engineer. I was always fascinated by the occupation of an engineer and their thinking, which is why I want to become an engineer. Also, because I want to put my skills to use around the world. I want to do this by helping charities build schools and other necessary infrastructure in developing nations around the world. I would love to design facilities for others’ education and necessities to help them out.