The nerves escape him with each breath when he speaks. On the other end of the phone, Antonio Rafael Prieto Ruiz, answers the questions, still in a state of stupor. “I don’t believe it, I don’t understand it”, are his first words when he is told about the stratospheric grade he has achieved in the last Selectividad exam. Antonio has risen to the top, fourteen out of fourteen. Can’t do better.

He entered the Sacred Heart at the age of six, a center where he has attended Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate. “The truth is that I have always had good grades,” she says about her academic career. On the 14th she confirms it. Selectividad qualifications are a bit like going to the gym, it is of little use to go for a week and drop out. What is rewarded is perseverance.

Until second year of Baccalaureate, Antonio assures that he did not worry too much about the Pevau, the test that gives access to university studies. “Seeing that it was getting closer and closer, you have to give everything”, he sums up about the last few months of study, although he assures that “it has not been particularly demanding for me”. The weeks prior to the appointment (which took place between the 13th and 16th of this month of June) he did press, with intensive days of study of up to seven hours a day “and it was little”, it states. She didn’t dedicate more to it because she didn’t have time. To one side have been the piano studies at Ángel Barrios, where he has reached the sixth year of Professional. “It is not my intention to continue”, he explains about his musical studies.

At the time of reading this newspaper, the pre-registration had not yet been completed, but there will be no problems for this magnificent student from Granada to enter the chosen degree. In your case, Medicine. It is a decision that he made not long ago, and in which he has possibly had to do with what he experienced in these two years of dark pandemic. “It could be -he reflects-, he caught me at a difficult moment, in the first year of Baccalaureate, when you start thinking more. It was a turning point”.

In this case, the vocation may not be one of the earliest, but it does have an interesting component, helping others, something that doctors should always keep in mind. Antonio remembers that he was selected within the European Scholarship program to go to Madrid. From those days he especially got a message, that of contributing something to society. His intention is to do Medicine at the UGR, a degree that, year after year, is one of the most demanded at the Andalusian level and where the cut-off mark has not dropped below 13 in recent years.

Regarding his university future, he acknowledges that “I have no idea what it will be like.” These days, he says, he will ask friends who are already in university classrooms “so they can tell me a little about it.” A friend, Cristina Vicente, has been the first she has called after seeing the resounding 14 on the UGR website, which initially collapsed due to the large number of students who wanted to check her note. “She was the first, then I told my parents.” She also went to Sacred Heart, to her school, where she met her teachers. “It has been incredible,” he says about the moment in which they have seen each other after knowing the notes. “Without some of them it would not have been possible”thanks this young man from Granada.

“I am the black sheep of the family”

Another magnificent of this extraordinary call for the 2022 Selectivity has been Julio Fernández Hoces, who has achieved a 13,975. He remembers that “I did well in all” the exams. Thus, he acknowledges that he expected a very good grade. And it is that in the second year of Baccalaureate “I put the batteries”. He wanted to get “the best grade possible” and went for it. His goal is between the degree of Physics or Physics and Mathematicswhich in recent years has achieved the highest cut-off mark in all of Andalusia.

Julio has studied since Infant in El Carmelo. He has never had problems with academic results, but he adds that getting these grades “requires effort. You have to give up a lot of things.” Athletelikes to play tennis, swim or go to the countryside, lists what he likes to do in his spare time.

Despite the resignations that the study implies, he assures that “satisfaction comes later”, when rewards come, such as the extraordinary qualification obtained in Selectividad. His parents and friends have already conveyed their pride in the outstanding result, and he plans to write to his teachers to thank them for their work in these formative years. “Without teachers this is not possible,” she recalls. “They are necessary and essential.”

About his academic future, he jokingly says that he is the “black sheep of the family”. While Julio opts for the Faculty of Sciences, in his house the trend is different. His father did History, his mother is a Latin teacher and his sister is a Fine Arts graduate. “The environment in which I live has contributed” to good results, reflects this man from Granada.

“This note has been very worked”

Lucia Lopez Zafra, of Alcala la Real (Jaen), has achieved a well-deserved reward for the work of recent years. She has been, he relates, constant to the point of exhaustion. “I have made an effort above what is human”, she summarizes her about the months prior to the Selectivity. She recognizes herself as very self-demanding. So much so that a year ago he left rehearsals at the Nuestra Señora de la Angustias Musical Group in Alcalá la Real, where he played the trumpet, to focus on books. Of course, “I intend to return”.

It is not yet clear where he will study next year. He likes the University of Granada, and, between the degrees, bets on entering Statistics or Economics. He has relatives who are economists and that number pulls him. What’s more, he acknowledges that after completing the Baccalaureate of Letters “almost if he came back, he would choose another.” His future is still up in the air. “I have never had a clear vocation.” Whatever it is, he won’t have a problem getting in. This student of Monaita has achieved a 13,960.

Every day, when he arrived at his house in Alcalá la Real from the institute in Granada, around six in the afternoon, he began to study, “about four hours.” On weekends the effort was redoubled. He admits that he has had anxiety problems, which have hindered the development of the course. Christmas she spent “reviewing to the fullest”. She now has the satisfaction of an excellent result, of which she feels “very proud and super happy”. “He has been very worked.”

As a curiosity, Lucía recounts that she found out about her grade through a call from her tutor at Monaita, because the UGR website was collapsed. “She had come out happy, some had come out embroidered, but I didn’t expect it,” she says.