Becca Jo Rysewyk

Writer

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

I am a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. I have graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing. I have been published 4 times: 3 poems and an interview. I am a Social Media Specialist and I'm working on a YAL novel and online writing games on the side. Writing is a passion of mine as everyone and everything has a story to tell.
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Infographic, Interview, Blog Post, Graphic
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University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Bachelors of Science
Appleton, WI, USA|English
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Writing Samples

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The New England Harald

This newspaper is written in 1851 come out which is the year that Herman Melville published Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. In this newspaper, you’re going to find that each character is being portrayed as if they’re actually real. At no point in these newspapers is Captain Ahab, Ishmael, Queequeg, etc. talked about in such a way that they’re characters but instead that they are actual people in our actual world. Some other characters that are included our Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the “witches” from The Crucible, and Benito Cereno from Benito Cereno by Herman Melville. Again, each of these characters and ideas from these various novels exemplifies the fact that a reader’s idea of a certain character can change for better or worse. This newspaper offers the largest number of pages because it does focus so much on Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. In this newspaper, you’re going to find the scuttlebutt page, which is the gossip column (in mariner terms scuttlebutt means gossip). You’re also going to find a crossword puzzle, comic’s, obituaries, and a classifieds page. Honestly, the classifieds are probably the best and most comical of all the newspaper pages. With every classifieds page,​ there are going to be some that our her either really stupid or they are absolutely hilarious: this page is no different, which I think makes it great.

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The New York Times

This newspaper was probably the easiest to write because most of these articles are not mine. This newspaper is the only newspaper where are I did not write every single article presented. In order to make this newspaper feel authentic, I pulled up the actual New York Times newspaper from September 12, 2001,​ and tried to copy it as closely as possible. Like the Telegraph newspaper, I really wanted to submerge readers into the terror and the fear of the times. In order to do that, I replicated this iconic newspaper during a very historical and traumatizing period in history. This being said, any article that does not have my name on it, specifically, is not written by myself but written by the actual author listed. Also, like the Telegraph newspaper, this newspaper goes into how more than one historical figure is, again, being compared to Captain Ahab. Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, the United States have all been compared to this infamous Captain to their tenacity and determination as a go after what they consider their enemy. In order to best explain it, I felt that doing a newspaper right after the September 11 attack would really help get the point across as this period in history was so traumatizing for Americans. Right after this attack, Americans were really looking to the Middle East and seeing them as their ultimate White whale, something that they needed to eradicate in order for all the problems to disappear. A red haze really started to creep over the country causing them to not really think before jumping into a war with al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

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The Telegraph

This newspaper is set in 1941, mere weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. I specifically did this because during this time Adolf Hitler was being compared to Captain Ahab. To really exemplify how bad Hitler was, and how much of him was being compared to this literary character, 1941 offered the best solution because it really brought the reader in and really made them feel the aspects of this war and how much of a terror Hitler was during this time. In addition to this topic, I also included a clam and cod chowder that was supposedly submitted by Hosea Hussey of the Try Pots which we learn about in the Chowder chapter of the novel. Obviously, this recipe did not come from this character, because in the ​chapter it doesn’t list the specific recipe; however, I found a recipe that included both clam and cod because Hosea Hussey does offer Ishmael and Queequeg the option of having either clam or cod in their chowder.

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Bubo Qui Universa Conspicit

This newspaper was inspired by the characters Hamlet, Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth. As you can see, this newspaper is not written in a language you can understand, it is written in Latin. Each article was hand typed and English, first, and then translated, through Google Translate, into Latin. This newspaper is focusing on the 3 characters, specifically how they were wrong and the events that happened in these theatrical plays lead to their demise because of specific characters: the witches and the death of Hamlet’s father. The specific characters bewitched and twisted the minds of our​ supposed protagonist’s insect it would lead them on a path of destruction which ultimately leads to their deaths. I specifically did this in Latin because I felt that it best exemplified the characters at the time that they were written.

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Harlem Escapades

This newspaper is written in 2013, about the time that the Black Lives Matter movement is just kicking off. I chose to do it during this time because one character was starting to become popular again because of his bravery to defy social norms and really seek justice because that’s what needed to be done. Atticus Finch is an iconic character that has inspired millions to become lawyers, social justice advocates, and more. Over the course of history, readers have both loved and hated this character because of his ability to defy the social norms of his time. During the Civil Rights Movement, this character was idolized and put on a pedestal because he was brave enough to defend a man who is not of his own skin color. But, also, during this time he was loathed because he was seen as his revolutionary character that can bring about a time where segregation wasn’t the ​thing.

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Philosophy of ​Visual Rhetoric and Document Designing

This is a document detailing my philosophy of ​Visual Rhetoric and Document Designing.

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Digital Storytelling Infographic

This infographic was created to tell the findings of the study "Using Digital Storytelling with Infographics in STEM Professional Writing Pedagogy," conducted by Sandra Hill of the University of Baltimore and Claudia Grinnell of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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Photoshopped Army Recruiting Poster

This is an Army Recruiting Poster I photoshopped. I removed the tan background behind Uncle Sam and replaced it with a cracked, worn American Flag. I also replaced the face of Uncle Same with that of a skull.

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Editorial Sample

This is a short story written by a classmate. I offered to edit his piece and this is the final result of my editing process. His name and other identifying information have​ been redacted.

Published Poems/Interviews

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Abnormally Warm Breeze

This poem is being narrated by someone who's sitting on the tailgate of a vehicle. They're looking up at the sky and they're contemplating what life means to them. This really brings out the struggle of what depression can feel like as the narrator compares her depression to the sun as it begins to fade behind the treeline. This was published in the 2015 New River Anthology, funded by Coastal Carolina Community College.

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My Own Personal Prison

This poem is about someone who can't seem to find a way out of their situation. It's ultimately describing someone walking up to a bedroom, but they describe that bedroom as being a prison they can't escape from. Each step, each brush of the wall, each glance brings back some kind of memory that the narrator conveys to the reader, bringing them into the prison as well. This was published in the 2015 New River Anthology, funded by Coastal Carolina Community College.

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Used

This poem is about someone overcoming a previous relationship where the significant other had taken control of their life and used them. It's about finding yourself again and realizing you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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Interview
Luke Kuechly Interview

This is was an interview I had done, via email, with the Carolina Panther Linebacker, Luke Kuechly. I was very fortunate to be allowed to interview him and ultimately this interview ended up in the 2016 Signet, published by Queens University.

Published Odyssey Articles

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4 Healthy Recipes Every College Student Should Try
February 1st, 2016
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7 Tips For Midterm Week
February 29th, 2016
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10 Things An Overweight Person Hears Every Day
December 14th, 2015
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11 Things We Learn From 'House'
February 23rd, 2016
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11 Tips For Surviving The Semester
January 12th, 2016
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A Letter To My Child When I'm Gone
December 1st, 2015
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Are We Truly Thankful This Year?
November 23rd, 2015
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Being Safe On The Road In Snow
January 26th, 2016
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Christmas Trees For Dummies
December 21st, 2015
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Clinton Vs. Trump
October 31st, 2016
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'London Has Fallen' Movie Review
March 7th, 2016
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Misconceptions About Writers
April 5th, 2016
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Programs To Download If You're A Writer
January 18th, 2016
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Save Money While Going Out In Oshkosh
October 11th, 2016
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Southern Girl Living in a Northern World
October 3rd, 2016
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The Colors Of The Wind
December 28th, 2015
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The Joys of Being an Aunt
March 17th, 2016
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This I Promise
March 7th, 2014
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What We Really Need To Learn In High School
November 16th, 2015
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When You Leave Your Parents For The First Time
February 15th, 2016
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