The atmosphere of room B2 Amphitheatre building CP II was so excited. On the right and left I saw many students wearing their best clothes. There were stylish casuals, young executives, and even some pride dress "praxe". The event was called "Student Merit Award" that is a prestigious annual event devoted to the best student in each department in University of Minho. This year was the award for student generation of 2007. The outstanding students were awarded diploma and cash money about 300 euros or 900 euros. This year, the average value obtained by the students was around 14/20 or 16/20.
A rector of
Uminho, António Augusto Magalhães da Cunha, started the program
with his speech. He congratulated to his best students. This
year, he was satisfied with the achievements of students because
the results are quite good at the national and international
This event was followed by granting diplomas to the best students by each department representative. Each student was walking toward the podium to receive awards like a model, witnessed by hundreds of pairs of eyes, accompanied by clapping of honour. Everyone would be proud of if on the same situation.
University's policy to
give awards to its best students is greeted positively by one of
the award recipients. One of them is Paulo Gomes, "This is good,
because the university appreciates of its students." That
management student does not expect that he will be one of the
best. Fantastic, while he is working consultant company, he gets
16.3. He also gives input that the university to be more often
gives awards to students.
When he was asked how could he achieve all this, the son of dress businessman just smiled and claimed that he only learned as other student do, only 5 hours per day. He planned to take a higher education level and work in a company. Then, he gave a message to the younger levels to work hard and do the best for everything.