Escola Superior de Saúde do Politécnico do Porto
Marta Rodrigues attended the Degree in Clinical Analysis and Public Health at the Medical School of Politécnico do Porto.
Why did you choose P.PORTO?
My choice was influenced by the training itself, but also by the school's location. At the first stage of my applications, I was accepted in the Institut of Coimbra. However, even though it is the city of students, I decided to try the P.Porto because it would reduce my expenses, and mainly because it has always been known for its high-quality training. At that point, I didn’t know I was taking one of the best and most important decisions of my life, that would change forever who I am.
What makes the ESS so unique? What do you feel to have changed from your first "you" when you entered for the first time to the last year's?
One of the main features that make the ESS so unique, compared to other institutions, is that it embodies the term "home" so well... At all times, from my arrival to my deeply-felt departure, I always felt welcomed by everyone —from staff to teachers, not to mention students. It is so comforting to wander around its corridors and still find friendly faces in all of them, always surrounded by an atmosphere of warmth and kindness, while sharing so much knowledge. At the ESS I found more than a med school, I found a home since the very first day, and it is something that is just such an idyllic scenario —only hypothetical in most educational institutions. For these and other reasons, I will be eternally grateful to the ESS. Taking a retrospective on those four years of intense living, now I feel so blessed with a superb growth, both personally and academically. I leave the ESS with the certainty that I have witnessed a great quality of training that allows me, at present, to feel prepared to enter this labour universe. My sense of responsibility, confidence —in myself as a person and as a professional— the ability to communicate and work as a team has been so worked and improved that I feel that today I am a more evolved and adult person. I have also learned to manage my daily problems, to face situations from all perspectives, to make the best of them, and to notice the satisfaction of helping the others with all the actions and volunteering I have undertaken.
Any idea or advice for those who will now enter the ESS?
To the lucky ones that will now arrive at the ESS, I give you my best wishes and successes for this adventure that will end up being the best years of your lives. In order to make the most of these four years, I strongly recommend you to get involved in the extracurricular activities that are constantly planned, especially to volunteer and participate in the lectures and activities that are always an added value. Keep an open mind and do not fear this new stage of your life, because apart from giving you many joys and making you grow continuously, it will bring you a second home and, in the end, you will not want to leave it.