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人生不是轨道是旷野 | 专访哈罗海口首位AISL哈罗奖学金获得者Audrey Gao

发布者:HarrowHaikou哈罗海口 2023-11-21 08:07:16



这是一个从有抑郁倾向的学生成长为海口校区首位AISL哈罗奖学金获得者的故事。



你是从哪一次校园活动认识Audrey Gao呢?

是在口语节为抑郁倾向大胆发声演讲的她?

是在中秋庆典上跳着洒脱豪迈的蒙古舞的她?

是作为前帆手在海上乘风破浪的她?

还是在授奖日上连连斩获荣誉的她?

她总是在不断拓展新的领域,让我们随着时间推移认识一个又一个新的她。



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Audrey Gao 高筠涵

初二加入哈罗,成为首届创校生

哈罗海口首位AISL哈罗奖学金得主



“获得AISL哈罗奖学金,对我来说是很大的鼓舞,我可以进一步发展我的兴趣和热情,走向未来的成功。同时也意味着更大责任, 我相信我的毅力、学习能力、多元文化的经验以及对社区的贡献会让我们周围的环境因为我变得变好。”



在学术、运动、音乐、舞蹈不同领域中探索Audrey



在AISL哈罗奖学金获得者的标签下,她是我们眼中学术卓越并且擅长多项技能的多面手,但仅仅从奖学金,我们无法真正认识她。当你真正了解她,你会发现她所说的责任并不是一句空话。




获得剑桥大学教授推荐信

从发现自我,转变到学术课题研究



作为一个心理教育研究者,Audrey极度关心人类的精神世界。



大家眼中的Audrey,热衷学习,总是在课上抛出耐人思考的深度问题;在艺术上总是勇于尝试,她不仅是为乐队谱曲的键盘手,有时也会演奏单簧管,甚至在节目需要时尝试各种舞蹈;在院舍里作为领导者的她,总是积极应对一切挑战。似乎她这样的人不会与抑郁这个词挂钩,今天我们想以朋友的身份带你认识她不为人熟知的部分。


Audrey获得英语口语演讲节第一名


两年前,她以英语口语演讲第一名的角色走到我们面前,Audrey在她的英语演讲《为什么你不能快乐?》中勇敢地分享了她的经历,呼吁大家打破对抑郁的偏见:“我饱受抑郁的折磨, 这不会让我变得奇怪、软弱或疯狂,它让我与众不同、精彩和独特。 我所能做的是学习以我能做到的最好的方式来处理这个问题……我希望现在,你可以表达更多的善意、理解和更多的同理心,去对待那些你可能遇到的正在饱受精神疾病折磨的人。”


在这一场直面本我的真实情感演说中,许多老师同学触动并第一次了解到另一面的Audrey。



她对自己有着极为严苛的要求,导致她在一段时间内饱受抑郁倾向的困扰。在哈罗,似乎每一个人都有着改变世界的使命,当她慢慢走出抑郁的困扰时,她意识到她应该以自身的经历,做出一些影响周围人,甚至影响世界的事。


于是, Audrey 用整个暑假,参加了由剑桥大学终身教授及神经科学教育中心的副主任Dénes发起的教育心理学课题研究,并成功在ICGPSH全球政治与国际人文会议发表了她的英文论文。作为项目的优秀学员,Audrey也由此获得了剑桥大学教授Dénes的推荐信。


Audrey的论文被收录到全球政治与国际人文会议论文集


Audrey说,在这个课题学习中,她第一次感受到教育对人的心理健康的重要性。也是她第一次直观感受到经验感知和研究结果呈现的差异。在研究论文中的一个变量,需要对比公立高中和国际高中学生的睡眠质量。Audrey一开始认为,必须是国际高中学生睡眠质量好,因为公立学生要面对高考的高压力。尽管如此,她还是按照导师的指导选取了定量研究的方法,咨询专业的心理咨询师制定量表,并努力触达包括来自中国、美国、英国、新加坡、菲律宾和加拿大在内的74所高中学生收集了近500份问卷。


拿着收集到的问卷数据做统计分析。却发现统计结果与她的认知千差万别!




她发现尽管公立高中学生面对高考的压力,他们却有着非常明确的目标和统一的规划,而国际高中学生则因为面对来自除了学术以外的多方压力,并且每个人的规划不同,而呈现出比公立高中学生更差的睡眠质量以及更高的抑郁程度。




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“成功在于经常失败而不失去热情。”



作为丘吉尔的院舍长,Audrey一直谨记丘吉尔的一句名言:





“成功在于经常失败而不失去热情。”



在奖学金面试谈及曾经的抑郁情绪时,她说道:


“我从不认为障碍是“失败”,而是推动我走向成功的宝贵经验。 我的成就取决于我在困难面前坚持不懈的毅力,尽管那时平衡我的学习和我的心理健康很困难。



此后,Audrey继续参加与精神疾病或心理学领域相关的计划和活动,以努力减少人们对精神疾病患者的偏见,也帮助很多和她有同样心理疾病问题的同龄人更好地自我认同。她坚持着她前卫大胆的研究,以自己的方式向外界传递着她的影响力。




现在,我很庆幸我在哈罗。这里不仅有来自世界各地的老师,更有顶尖的中国老师和友善同学,有我能感同身受的文化,有与我不谋而合的哈罗价值观,而这是支撑我成长的基石。



心在旷野,眼放世界

勇敢在各个领域绽放自己



Y12的学生正在尽力丰富他们的履历,并积极参与到爱丁堡公爵奖的项目中。让我们以爱丁堡公爵奖的方式打开Audrey在学术之外的成就!



1

Skill 

技能学习


出于对音乐的热爱,Audrey和朋友们组建了乐队并担任键盘手,她也不断学习单簧管并探索更深音乐领域。同时她在舞蹈方面也颇为精通,曾获得中国歌剧舞剧院全国青少年艺术节舞蹈金奖。在中秋庆典上,来自蒙古族的她为全校呈现了蒙古舞,她希望通过自己的表演,让蒙古族文化被大家了解,也能更好地传承民族文化。


2

Sports 

体育锻炼



基于对帆船的兴趣,Audrey参加了帆船俱乐部,曾接受南沙队教练的指导。在训练的过程中,她学到了很多航海的知识和技能,有了也有一些宝贵的“海上”经历, 她希望带动更多人感受大海的魅力。


3

Volunteer service

志愿服务



在本月,由哈罗老师带队,Audrey和同学前往孝慈苑探望生活在那里的老人,陪他们做手工,为他们表演节目,与他们度过了难忘的一天。同时她的心亦在旷野,她参与了一些旨在帮助中国贫困地区妇女接受教育的在线项目,以及一些保护中国自然环境的项目。用行动为社区、为世界带来慈善的温暖力量。


4

Adventure 

户外探索



跟随由学校发起的户外探险,Audrey与哈罗的老师同学们一起去到了火山口国家地质公园进行徒步挑战,深入火山群观察火山地质地貌,学习地壳运动。在一路繁花中收获团队的美好友谊,未来他们还将开展更多户外探险活动。





Audrey在哈罗海口就读Y10的阶段,她的成就就已经令人瞩目,她在学年末斩获哈罗海口化学、音乐、中文、历史、英语等5个科目学术奖。在化学科目更是蝉联第一,她的化学老师Karl Fischer这样评价她:



Karl Fischer

高年级化学老师

Chemistry Teacher, US


我第一次见到Audrey是在她初三时,她的努力和对成功的决心令我印象深刻。 Audrey在过去的两年里增强了自信,是一位优秀、热情的奖学金获奖者。 通过反思她的学习并提出非常深刻和有意义的问题,她继续将她的理解推向新的卓越高度,拥有她这样的学生是她的家庭和哈罗社区的荣誉!




而我们提到的这些,也仅仅只是她丰富多彩的生命中的很小的一部分。我们无法在一篇文章里完整地展现她,她也不应该被一篇文章所定义。



将来,她还要去接触更广阔的世界,走进更多的领域,接触更多的新鲜事物,关心更多的人群,关注更切实的议题。她将继续在不同的维度之下认真感受、体验生命,用自己的思想和行动定义自己,把自己的力量延伸到哈罗海口社区之外更广袤的旷野。



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This is the story of one of our pupils, who grew from a girl with depressive tendencies to the first AISL Harrow Scholarship recipient at Harrow Haikou.



How did you know Audrey Gao?

Is it because of her impressive speech about her depressive tendencies at the Oral Language Festival?

Or because of the Mongolian dance she performed at the Mid-Autumn Celebration?

You may see her riding on the waves as a sailor or receiving multiple honours at Speech Day.

Audrey is always exploring new areas, allowing us to gradually get to know her different sides.



Audrey Gao 高筠涵

She joined Harrow at G8/Y9 as one of the first founding pupils.

Now she is Harrow Haikou's first AISL Harrow Scholarship recipient.

 


“Receiving the AISL Harrow Scholarship is a great inspiration for me to further develop my interests and passions towards future success. It also means greater responsibility, and I'm confident that my perseverance, ability to learn, multicultural experiences, and contributions to the community will make our surroundings a better place because of me.”



Audrey exploring different fields of academics, sailing, music and dance


She is what we see as a multi-talented individual who excels academically and in many different fields, but we can't really know her by just labelling her as a scholarship winner. Once you get to know her, you'll realize that what she says about responsibility isn't just  empty talk. 



Receiving a letter of recommendation from a Cambridge University professor

From self-discovery to 

academic subject research


As a pupil with a passion for psychoeducational research, Audrey is extremely concerned with the human spirit.



Audrey is seen by everyone as an enthusiastic learner, always asking thought-provoking questions in class. When it comes to the arts, she is always ready to try new things. Not only is she a keyboardist who composes music for the band, she sometimes plays the clarinet and even tries to learn various types of dances as needed. As a House leader, she was always positive about all challenges. It seems that someone like her would not be associated with the word ‘depression’. But today we want to take you to the parts of her that are not well known by others.


Audrey winning 1st place in the Oral Language Festival

Two years ago, Audrey bravely shared her experience in her English speech - Why Can't You Be Happy? and appealed to everyone to break the prejudice against depression. She said, “I suffer from depression. It doesn't make me weird, weak or crazy, instead, it makes me different, wonderful and unique. All I can do is learn to deal with this in the best way I can. I hope that now, you can express more kindness, understanding and empathy towards those you may meet who are suffering from mental illness.”


During the speech, many teachers and pupils were touched and got to know the other side of Audrey for the first time.



She is extremely hard on herself, causing her to suffer from depressive tendencies for some time. At Harrow, it seems that each individual has a mission to change the world. As she slowly comes out of her depression, she realizes that she should do something to impact those around her, and even the world, with her own experiences.


As a result, Audrey spent her whole summer vacation participating in a research project on educational psychology initiated by Dénes, a tenured professor at the University of Cambridge and Associate Director of the Center for Neuroscience in Education, and successfully presented her paper in English at the International Conference on Global Politics and Socio-Humanities (ICGPSH). As an outstanding participant in the project, Audrey also received a letter of recommendation from Professor Dénes at the University of Cambridge.


Audrey's paper was included in the collection of papers of the ICGPSH 


Audrey said that from this project, she felt for the first time the importance of education for the mental health of a person. It was also the first time she felt the difference between empirical perception and the presentation of research results. When researching one of the variables, she needed to compare the quality of sleep between pupils in public high schools and international high schools. Audrey initially thought that it had to be the international high school pupils who slept well, as the higher pressure from Gaokao was faced by the pupils in the public schools in China. Nevertheless, she followed her tutor's guidance and opted for a quantitative approach, consulting with a professional counsellor and developing a scale. She tried to reach out to pupils from 74 high schools including those from China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the Philippines, and Canada, and collected nearly 500 questionnaires.


She then analyzed the data from the questionnaires and found that the results were very different from her perceptions!



She found that despite the pressures of Gaokao, public high school pupils had very clear goals and a unified plan, while international high school pupils showed poorer sleep quality and higher levels of depression than public high school pupils due to multiple pressures beyond academics and different plans for each individual.





“Success consists in failing often without losing enthusiasm”


 As the leader of House Churchill, Audrey has always kept in mind one of Churchill's famous quotes: Success consists in failing often without losing enthusiasm.






“Success consists in failing often without losing enthusiasm”



When applying for the scholarship, she talked about the depression she once felt. She said,


“I never consider barriers to be ‘failures,’ but rather a valuable gem that drives me to success. My achievement is determined by my persistent tenacity in the face of hardship, despite the difficulty of balancing my studies with my mental health.”


Since then, Audrey has continued to participate in programmes and events related to the field of mental illness or psychology to reduce prejudice against people with mental illness. She has also helped many of her peers who share her mental illness issues to build their self-identity. She has persevered with her research and has made an impact in her own way on the outside world.




Now, I'm very glad I'm at Harrow. There are not only teachers from all over the world, but also excellent Chinese teachers and good friends, a culture that I can relate to, and Harrow values that coincide with mine, which are the cornerstones that have supported my growth.



Be brave enough to express yourself 

in all areas


Year 12 pupils are doing their best to enrich their resumes and are actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. Let's look at Audrey's more achievements from the perspective of this programme.


1

Skill 

技能学习


Out of her love for music, Audrey and her friends formed a band and Audrey plays the keyboard, and she has continued to learn clarinet and explore the field of music. She is also a good dancer, having won the Gold Medal in dance at the National Youth Arts Festival organized by the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre. At the Mid-Autumn Celebration, as a girl of Mongol nationality, she presented a Mongolian dance for the whole school. She hopes that through her performance, the Mongolian culture will be understood by more people and the ethnic culture will be better passed on.



2

Sports 

体育锻炼


Based on her interest in sailing, Audrey joined the sailing club and was coached by the Nansha team. In the process of training, she has learned a lot of sailing knowledge and skills, and has also had some valuable experience, she hopes to lead more people to feel the charm of the ocean.


3

Volunteer service

志愿服务


This month, led by teachers from Harrow School, Audrey and her classmates visited the elderly living in the Xiaoci Yuan Elderly Center, accompanying them to do handicrafts, performing for them and spending an unforgettable day with them. She has also been involved in several online projects aimed at helping women in impoverished areas of China to receive education, as well as a few programmes to protect China's natural environment. She always acts to bring warmth and power to her community and the world.



4

Adventure 

户外探索


Following an outdoor adventure initiated by the school, Audrey went on a hiking challenge to Haikou Crater National Geopark with her teachers and classmates. They went deep into the volcano cluster to observe the volcanic geological features and learn about the movement of the earth's crust. They will be doing more outdoor expeditions in the future.





Audrey's achievements were already impressive when she was in Year 10 at Harrow, where she won five academic prizes at the end of the school year in Chemistry, Music, Chinese, History and English. Mr. Karl Fischer, her Chemistry teacher, commented on her success:



Karl Fischer

高年级化学老师

Chemistry Teacher, US


I first met Audrey when she was a Year 10 pupil here at Harrow and what immediately struck me was her effort and determination to be successful. Audrey has developed her confidence over the last two years and is an excellent, enthusiastic scholar. By reflecting on her work and asking very deep and meaningful questions she continues to push her understanding to new levels of excellence! Pupils like Audrey are a credit to her family and to our Harrow community!




What we have mentioned is only a very small part of her colourful life. We can't tell the whole story about her in one article, nor should she be defined by one article.



In the future, she will reach out to more fields, care for more people, and focus on more practical issues. She will continue to experience life under different dimensions, define herself with her thoughts and actions, and extend her power to the wider world beyond the Harrow community.


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