BMOS Students Reflect on Inaugural Year

As Bryn Mawr Online wraps up its inaugural 2022-23 school year, students reflect on their highlights and challenges.

What is the best thing about BMOS?

  • The best thing about BMOS is the personalized learning and the asynchronous learning day on Fridays!

  • The flexibility of being at home more.

  • The best thing about BMOS aside from not having to wake up as early as I had to when I went to in-person school was getting to know and make friends with a lot of the people here and having all my classes with them. As well as all the fun things that we get to do like having movie nights, retreats, “snow days” etc, and having no school every Friday and getting to be home more.

What are student-teacher relationships like in BMOS?

  • The teachers want the students to learn. Therefore, the relationship between the student and the teachers is very close and genuine. 

  • We have a lot of fun with the teachers, from community time on Tuesdays to the retreat and playing fun games and competitions!

What was the biggest change in transitioning from in-person learning to online learning?

  • If you are coming from an in-person school then you have to learn how to manage your time wisely, and your focus. Unlike in-person schooling, you have a little bit more freedom in-between classes and even during classes. You have to know when to do work, and when to have a break. Since your home is also your work environment. 

  • There actually is not much of a difference in my opinion except not seeing people’s faces in person every day but instead virtually. I think the hardest part was not having people to collaborate with on assignments, but a lot of us do our work together after class on Facetime which is very fun.

  • The biggest challenge in transitioning from in-person learning to online learning was probably not getting to see my friends from in-person learning as often since I don’t usually have time after school to hang out with people because of my dance schedule.

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Meet Mallory Pladus

English Teacher

Where do you live?
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

What do you like about teaching online?
I like the small school environment, the ambitious students BMOS attracts, and the flexibility learning and teaching online affords students and faculty.

What do you like to do when you’re NOT in school?
Hike, travel, play frisbee, and spend time on the Jersey Shore.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Japan. My dad is half Japanese, and there is a rumor in our family that he and my aunt relinquished property rights to a small portion of a mountain in Japan. I’d like to go see that mountain.

Best way to spend a Saturday?
Reading outside.

What do you want students to remember about you?
I want them to remember that I did my best to make literature open up for them in surprising, intriguing ways and that I cared about their ideas.

Personal catchphrase?
“Let’s reflect on this.”

Who inspires you?
Writers I love: James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, to name a few.

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS (and why)?
The poet Sarah Ali visited our English 9 and 10 classes to discuss her poem about animal roadkill. The students asked great questions, and she gave thoughtful answers. We broached a topic that often feels too intractable to talk about.