Young Student’s Fearless Nature Helps Him to Remain Resilient in the Face of Adversity
Hanrong, 13-years-old, Math Level L & Reading Level HII
When Hanrong and his family moved to the U.S. from China, he not only had the challenge of learning a new language, but was also diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at an early age. From the start, he remained resilient, and his fearless nature and determination shine through in just about anything he puts his mind to. Hanrong does not let Tourette’s define him nor stop him from giving it his all in and out of the classroom.
“I possess qualities of passion, perseverance, resilience, and determination. No matter what I do, I am committed 100 percent. When I am playing piano, my fingers move fast and steady. When I am playing sports, I can run really fast. When I am studying, I can sit still for hours while solving one problem,” said Hanrong.
“I was diagnosed with Tourette’s and it may bug me sometimes, but I never give up. What am I proud of? It’s not the straight A’s, or the competitions that I participate in, or the honors I receive. It’s my strong mind and positive attitude towards life!”
When Hanrong’s parents enrolled him in the Kumon Math Program four years ago, he found that the daily routine of Kumon sharpens his skills and allows him to retain new material that he has learned. Now that he has gained independence and developed into a self-learner, he can always learn something new, no matter how challenging.
Outside of the classroom, Hanrong’s passion for tennis comes alive each time he steps onto the court. Any time he’s free, you can find him and his dad working on their tennis strokes at the Livermore Valley Tennis Club. As a decorated tennis player in his age bracket, he’s proud of pushing the limits to always be the best and is ranked as a top UTSA NorCal member. Off of the court, Hanrong is also an exceptional pianist who carves out 45 minutes each day to practice.
Hanrong was one of 155 students from Canada, USA and Mexico who attended the Virtual Kumon Student Conference. The students had the opportunity to be inspired and motivated by Kumon Ambassadors, former top Kumon Students who are now excelling in their careers and extracurricular pursuits. They also met each other in virtual breakout rooms and engaged in a discussion about methods of teaching.
“I had such an amazing experience at the Student Conference. I admired how organized it was and the speakers were very easy to understand,” said Hanrong. “They made very good word choices and helped me improve my listening and speaking skills. My favorite part of the conference was the dance challenge.”
Hanrong shares how Kumon has helped him excel academically as well as his plans for the future.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
I’ve learned so many concepts in Kumon, which I apply to my schoolwork. I’m able to complete my assignments at a faster pace and am able to turn them in sooner. I’ve seen such an improvement in my grades since I enrolled in Kumon.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
The first achievement that I am most proud of, is the level I am on in Kumon. The other achievements that I am proud of is my courage to take on any challenge, along with the self-confidence I’ve gained from Kumon.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to be a professional tennis player when I grow up. If my dream job doesn’t work out, I would like to be a computer engineer or a math teacher.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Kumon helped me make my schedule quicker because calculating the time became less difficult. Also, I could apply many math concepts that I learned in the Kumon Math Program in many of my favorite games. Also, the Kumon Reading Program has improved my social skills with other people. It’s now easy to understand what my peers are saying to me.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?