“Work and love” made Inês Miguel one of the best students of Lousada

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.

At Escola Secundária de Lousada, there were two students who distinguished themselves from the other classmates and achieved the same average in the aforementioned parameters: Inês Miguel and Ana Valente, both from the Science and Technology course. For tomorrow, the publication of the interview to Ana is promised, at the same time (21:00). Today, it is time to ‘lift the veil’ on the story of Inês, an 18-year-old from Caíde de Rei who managed to obtain a grade of 20 in the national exam in Mathematics A.

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– How do you describe your school path so far?

I can’t say it was an easy journey, but a happy one. My school journey reflected the work, dedication and love I have for school and for knowing more and more. Despite all the adversities encountered throughout my school career that are part of learning, I was happy and I feel happy to evolve as a student and as a human being.

– What did you feel when you learned that you were one of the best students at Lousada Secondary School?

It is gratifying to realize that our work is rewarded. Naturally I always give my best, I want to evolve with each passing day and, if possible, be “the best” (not only at school level but also in other activities). It’s ambition and a pressure that I put on myself in a balanced and healthy way.

– In your opinion, what is the secret of your academic success?

In my view there are several secrets but I can summarize it in two words: work and love.

Firstly, working was essential to achieving my goals… I spent many hours studying, either in class or at home. But rest is also just as essential. In my high school there had to be a balance so that I was happy and managed to be a good student. It should be noted that time management and organization are crucial aspects: “there is time for everything”. There is time to study, time to rest, play sports, go out with friends… All you have to do is manage all your appointments well and do your best in each one of them.

Secondly, the love for the school community and the passion for wanting to know more are factors that influenced my attitude towards the school. I have to thank Lousada Secondary School that always made me feel at home. It’s the love of work that makes work fun. I am happy to study and a lot is due to the teachers, operational assistants and the entire school community, because without them we are nothing and we learn nothing. Thanks to all the teachers/masters who taught me so much and prepared me for the future. I could not fail to thank my parents for the love they give me and all the support they have always given me and that made me what I am today.

And all this made me a good student.

– What is your study method?

Without a doubt, my study method helped me to reach the level of excellence… The first step is what happens inside the classroom… being aware of what the teachers teach and questioning what I don’t understand and what I don’t know are habits I’ve had since my childhood… I perfectly remember a very special teacher telling me during class “You’re not at the age of whys” … yes, I’m very curious and I always want to know more… And I fit in with a quote from Albert Einstein: “I don’t have any special talent. I’m just passionately curious.”

In addition to classes, home study is essential! I reviewed what I had taught in classes, read and reread the contents taught, wrote some notes, but for me the most important thing was to solve exercises. A lot of practice and work bring us closer to success.

– What are your hobbies?

In my free time I like to watch series and movies, listen to music, dance, walk, travel, spend time with my family and, of course, go out with my friends. Going to a party always feels good!

– Do you have any extracurricular activities? If so, how did it contribute to your academic success?

Yes! I love playing sports! Since I was four years old, sport has been part of my life. My first physical activity was swimming until I started having competitions of it, then I practiced ballet and hip-hop and for about seven years I practice ballroom dancing, which is one of my great passions. In recent years my partner and I have competed nationally and it is undoubtedly a “refuge” from my school life. Healthy body, healthy mind and that’s why I think sport is a help for me to get good grades.

Apart from that, I also experienced artistic activities such as learning to play guitar and piano that contributed to my mental well-being.

– How were these two years of living with the COVID-19 pandemic?

Those were years of evolution and adaptation to the new reality… At the beginning of the pandemic it was difficult to adapt to the fact that I was always at home as I had a very active life. But over time I got used to it and tried to find solutions so that I could continue with the good study and sports habits that made me happy.

– Which higher education course did you choose to attend and why?

It’s true that I’m about to start a new phase in my life and I’m going to attend the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP), which was my first choice of application. I entered with a final average of 19.57.

I confess that it was a difficult decision since I had no dream of a profession. But the moment came when my heart directed me to medicine because I really like helping people and I believe that my profile fits the profession.

– What are the expectations for your future?

I hope I can successfully complete the course and, above all, become an excellent professional capable of helping everyone. I would like to discover/create new information; contribute to the evolution of science and medicine; share knowledge; and have a good/useful contribution to society.

– What advice do you leave for those who, like you, aspire to reach the level of excellence at school level?

Never give up, work, dedicate yourself, be happy to do what you love most and never forget that anything is possible!

Personally, throughout my life, I use a motto that my mother taught me: “The important thing is not to have, it is to be”. And this sums up my way of life.