Harrow is a school overflowing with traditions, like the iconic straw hat, the bill, the songs, and the football. It is these activities and traditions that have helped shape Harrow’s reputation as a leading independent school in England.
To start with, there are many chances to attend lectures on a variety of topics, from Ancient Roman Equipment to Modern Politics; if one is eager, he is able to attend up to three or four lectures per week.
There are also societies to attend, like the ‘Drone Society’ and the ‘Rattigan Society’ (Drama)... Speaking of drama, I have been involved in two major plays this year and also a minor one. There are many plays every year that boys can take part in or watch.
当然，可供参加的社团组织不少哦。例如“无人机社团”，‘Rattigan Society’（戏剧）... ...今年，我参与了两场大的戏剧演出,也加入了一场小演出。每年，哈罗男孩们都可以参加或者观看众多精彩绝伦的演出。
The arts aside, at Harrow (and in England in general), there is a much greater opportunity to play and try out a variety of different sports such as football, rugby, cricket, tennis, hockey, squash, fencing etc.
The experience of learning rugby was absolutely great; it is only because of the amount of land available at Harrow that a game of rugby can be played.
Having been shocked by the violence/physicality of rugby, I was introduced to Harrow football! Boys sludge along in a field of mud, punting about an extraordinarily heavy ball. We are allowed to smash into our opponents head on, burying them in the mud in attempting to score a goal.
A boarding school far away from home develops a much stronger independence for the student, and I have found it easier to study living in the school, with less distractions.
At Harrow I was surprised to find that academic achievement is much less significant in proportion to other things than it is in China. Most students are often known as being good at music or good at cricket; sometimes it feels like the whole point of being a student at Harrow is to maximise his achievement in some minor sport like squash.
However, in China, most students are evaluated based entirely on their academic studies. Studying English Literature, History and Drama has paid off for me, and I'd like to thank my tutors for teaching me these valuable skills rather than training me to pass the entrance exams. Placing value on other aspects of life outside of schoolwork helps students gain confidence, which the Chinese system needs to learn from.
I especially want to thank UK Boarding Schools Admissions Service (UKBS) for helping me to achieve my place at Harrow School. I would not have been able to apply for and study at Harrow without their help and assistance. I was ‘spotted’ by ‘UK Boarding Schools’ and they really helped me during the whole application process.