Life is made by goals. By completing one, we advance to the next and so on. After all, it’s because of the effort we put in, the spirit of resilience we adopt and the sacrifices we make that we feel fulfilled with each goal achieved. Whether more or less difficult to achieve, more or less important, they are what make us move forward day after day.
And because the merit must be recognized, the Jornal A VERDADE will, over the next few weeks, highlight the achievement of the best secondary students in 2020/21 in secondary schools in the Tâmega and Sousa region. It should be noted that, for the aforementioned selection, educational institutions were asked to indicate which student obtained the best average before the sum of the national exams.
In the Secondary School, 3rd Cycle and Basic Education Professor Dr. Flávio Resende, in the municipality of Cinfães, Ricardo Cardoso stood out, with an average of 18.7 values. The 18-year-old, born in Penha Longa and Paços de Gaiolo (Marco de Canaveses), is a catechist, which represents “a great help” for the following reasons: “ait helps me to better control my anxiety, which is one of my biggest obstacles in my school performance, and to be less shy.”
Read the full interview below.
– How do you describe your school path so far?
My path was very progressive, evolving in terms of learning and motivation, until reaching this stage, the beginning of higher education.
– What did you feel when you found out you were the best high school student in Cinfães?
I was extremely happy! In my school, there are students with great abilities and excellent grades, and being distinguished among them as the best student in the school is a very good feeling! I get the idea that all my effort and dedication were recognized, it’s a great pride to know!
– In your opinion, what is the secret of your academic success?
For me, the best secrets to being a successful student are: knowing how to manage your time well, so that the study is profitable in an efficient way, and having friendship bonds that motivate you to study to get good grades. You can do extracurricular activities, help your family, travel through social networks and, at the same time, study, as long as you know how to make the best possible use of the time to do all these things. Time is money, as they say. And with the support of teachers, peers, friends and family, it gives you even greater motivation to study harder and get the highest rankings.
– What is your study method?
My method of study comes, first, to study, concentrate, the theoretical part, even the smallest details that are sometimes crucial in assessments, being attentive to the classes and consulting books, notebooks and the internet at times, trying whenever possible to find a logic to understand the matter and then practice a lot , to consolidate and practice different types of exercises on all subjects, to be as prepared as possible for the assessment elements. In case there was any content that had some difficulty, he would turn his attention a little more to that same part of the subject until he had it in his domain. In a nutshell, my study is very practical and persistent.
– What are your hobbies?
I have some hobbies, some of which are not good, like playing some online games on my mobile phone and hanging out on social networks for a while, and healthier ones like playing badminton, reading books before resting, listening to music to relax, going out. from time to time with some friends on weekends, with due care, among others, which helped me to be someone more outgoing and relaxed.
– Do you have any extracurricular activities? If so, how did it contribute to your academic success?
I teach catechesis every Saturday and, for me, it’s a great help, as it helps me to better control my anxiety, which is one of my biggest obstacles in my school performance, and to be less shy, which I end up having. an influence on my way of being, which makes me more comfortable and, consequently, more comfortable to ask questions about anything with teachers and colleagues and take the tests more calmly, which ends up reflecting on my better academic performance.
– How were these two years of interaction with COVID-19?
Given the pandemic situation that I went through in these two years, I managed to adapt very well to the main change, applying distance learning. Thanks to that and the fact that I know that my family takes the necessary measures to prevent this virus, I managed to improve my school performance, but it made me realize how much it can block interpersonal relationships between friends if we are confined.
– Which course did you choose to attend in higher education and why?
Honestly, I still don’t know my vocation. Right now, I’m attending Computer Engineering, I feel I have good knowledge in this area and it’s a course that I’ve always been interested in. But I would like to explore other courses to see what I really enjoy doing.
– What are the expectations for your future?
I hope that, in the future, I will be able to show my true abilities in the area where I get my training, be very successful in my area, and give joy and reasons to be proud of my parents, my family, all my friends, schools and people who welcomed me with great affection, who always supported me throughout my journey.
– What advice do you leave for those who, like you, aspire to reach a level of excellence at school level?
Know how to manage and enjoy their time in the best way possible, combining study with some healthy hobbies, try to establish bonds of friendship with the staff who work at the school, to feel more at ease which, consequently, helps to have a better school performance, are focused and try to understand, whenever possible, the logic of any subject, to be able to understand the theory in the best way and to apply it, eventually, in the evaluation elements and practice a lot to consolidate the acquired contents well.