“No man ever reached excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation,” thus Horace once said.
Teacher Ricky Santos, teachers, parents, fellow Kumon students, friends and guests, good afternoon.
Education is one of the very important aspects of the development of a person. It determines the future of a being as he encounters bumps and surpasses loops along his way of acquiring knowledge. It brings confidence to face the growing complexity of the world and the ever more changing situations one may be into. Thus, having good education gives an individual the sharpest edge to be able to stand out in this complicated earth.
Kumon is one of the greatest sources of good education. It develops not only brains but also character and attitude which are far more important than any knowledge. It brings the best in any student as he climbs the ladder of excellence with determination and perseverance.
In my three years of studying in Kumon, I can say that I’ve become the best of who I want to be in many ways. It sharpened my knowledge and molded my inner self as well. I used to be an underdog in Math when I was in elementary up to my year one in secondary. I know very well how difficult Math is and why a lot of students hate it and consider it as a huge problem. It is still in my memory that I was using my fingers to perform simple addition and subtraction during those days. And how can I forget the time when I used to list the multiplication table during exams just for me to answer my test questions.
Freshman days in high school were not so good for me. And so, during the vacation that year, mom decided to enroll me in Kumon. AND NOW, HERE ENTERS KUMON IN MY LIFE. First impression? Oh man..grrrr. I was afraid to enter the institution for I see it as a room only for students who have unusually large head and/or bulging foreheads. I’m not one and I never dreamt of becoming one. But I was determined to make a difference in myself, so I took the challenge.
I started level B in Math Program April of 2007. That seemed very low for a 13 year old doing subtraction, I thought. I was even ashamed for a while. But then, that’s it, I could do nothing to change my starting level. I just did my best in each sheet that I was tasked to do. And so days passed and my level was getting higher and more advanced. Level G, H then M, N and O! I pushed myself in every sheet. I did everything I can in order to be in time and accomplish every item accurately. It was not easy. It was never easy especially when school assignments and projects come in the way. It was not easy when there will be a report and five quizzes the next day. It was not easy when periodical examinations will occur the following three days.
But never quit. I did my best even though a lot block the way. And now, after three successful years, I finished and completed Kumon Math Program. It’s just a matter of perseverance and urge to be successful. And for now, Kumon had done me lots of miracles. The previous fear in Mathematics had now vanished. Math is pretty simple. Math is now easy. And I’m proud, that Kumon is there, to help students cross the right road towards the fulfillment of dreams.
For all of you here, do your best and never get tired of acquiring knowledge. You’ve enrolled in a great institution so don’t waste the given chances. For those who are thinking of quitting, nah…forget it. You’ve enrolled in an institution that says: WE ACCEPT NO QUITTERS.
I would want to take this opportunity to thank our Kumon teachers for their undying effort to push us to what they know we can be. I personally thank Teacher Ricky for never giving up on me. Teacher Chris, thank you for being my teacher for the most part of my journey. To my previous teachers, thank you for building the foundation of what I’ve attained now.
As I end this speech, let me leave you with this: one Aspire issue said: “Your study in Kumon is a journey towards excellence – a journey that will uncover your boundless potential.”
Thank you and good day.