Anna H., a well-traveled student of Bryn Mawr Online School, resides in the bustling city of Recife, Brazil. Conversant in English and adept in Portuguese and Spanish, her educational journey has woven through five countries, and soon, Armenia will mark the sixth. As we explore Anna’s narrative, her global experiences emerge as a cornerstone of her virtual high school education, shaping her dreams of marine biology. Within the digital halls of BMOS, Anna’s story unfolds, highlighting how her love for science and her eclectic background enhance the diverse tapestry of this online learning community. Join us in discovering Anna’s passions, from her favorite biology subjects to the unique companionship of her dogs, Zuke and Lucy, and how the flexibility of online schooling supports her ambition to explore the marine world.
Current city: I’m currently living in Recife, Brazil.
How many places have you lived in your life? I’ve lived in 5 different countries; the US, Bangladesh, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and Brazil. At the end of the school year, I’ll move to my 6th country, Armenia.
How many languages do you speak? The only language I’m fully fluent in is English, but I speak a fair bit of Portuguese and some Spanish.
Favorite subject: My favorite subject is biology. I want to be a marine biologist when I’m older!
Favorite snack: My favorite snack is those little roasted seaweed packets, but we have to order them from the US so we can only get them so often.
Any pets? I have two small dogs named Zuke and Lucy.
What do you like about going to school online? One thing I like about online school is how easy it is to make office hours with your teachers. At an in-person school if you want to go over something with a teacher you have to try and find them during lunch and hope that they’re free or catch them after school before your bus leaves or your activity starts. At an online school, or at least BMOS, you can reach out to your teacher or just go to their office hours scheduler and actually set aside a solid block of time to talk. It makes it feel so much easier to stay caught up.
Do you think you bring a different perspective to BMOS, given you’ve seen so much of the world? I think I do bring a different perspective to BMOS because of how much of the world I’ve seen, but I honestly never think of it that way. Moving and seeing different countries has always just been a part of my life, and the same goes for a lot of the friends and peers that I’ve had, so to me, my classmates are kind of the ones who bring different perspectives to the school.
How do you connect with classmates outside of class? Outside of our actual classes, we have community time, activities, and clubs which are all nice for connecting with classmates.
When you take breaks from school at home, what do you like to do? I like to draw, hang out with my dogs, and call my best friends who both recently moved away from Recife. I also take ballet classes as a hobby.
Would you rather travel back in time or travel to the future? I would rather travel back in time. There’s tons of super interesting stuff in the past, but also I think being in the future would just be really confusing.
Who is someone you look up to? I look up to my older sister a lot.
What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS? The activity I’ve enjoyed the most at BMOS was improv. We got to get to know our classmates and their senses of humor better and it felt like a really nice way to connect. We also just had a lot of fun.