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Meet Amelia H.

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Top Online Private School | Online High Schools for Girls | Student - Amelia

Where do you live? Maryland

Favorite subject: I love to read! My favorite subject is English.

What do you like about going to school online? I like the flexibility I have with my schedule. I can watch TV and walk in my backyard during lunch. If I am running late in the mornings, I do not have to worry about the car drive. I just have to run downstairs into my office. 

What do you like to do when you’re NOT in school? I love to draw and attend voice acting classes. 

Favorite snack: My favorite snack is nachos. I do not snack often, but I turn to nachos when I do.

What has surprised you about online school? I was surprised about how connected the teachers are to the students despite all of us being online. All the teachers make the classroom and learning experience personalized for the student’s needs. I originally thought the teachers would be like robots since they are virtual, and you miss things such as body language behind a screen. However, the warmth and care translate through the computer screen. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would travel to Japan and Texas. I want to try the bigger food portions of Texas and visit an anime theme park in Japan.

When you take breaks from school at home, what do you like to do? On my breaks, I like to scroll through YouTube and talk to my sister. 

What advice would you give to someone considering online high school?  You need good time management in any high school, but in online schooling, it is even more important. You do not want to spend all your time in school or watching videos. You have to balance your time evenly between school and free time. You also need to be able to communicate to your peers and teachers, communication is key. 

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS? I have enjoyed all my classes, but my favorite activity was the Improv class. We have these activity blocks on Wednesday and Monday afternoons, where we have special classes. The classes rotate each month. I loved Improv because there was no pressure to be perfect, and it was a class to just say what was on your mind. 

Who is someone you look up to? I look up to my mother and my neighbor. My mother works hard, and she perseveres through every challenge. She doesn’t settle for second best. I look up to my neighbor because she is an extremely smart anesthesiologist. She knows a lot about her craft and has been open to me asking questions about her career. 

 

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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.