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Autobiography 1 Friendly/Amused Persona of Elementary School Days

Becida. What's there? A bar, a cemetery, the townhouse, a river or two, and lots of farms. That was where I grew up. Our house had a basement where snakes would get in through the wood shoot and the parents would pay us (I have a twin sister) a quarter for each one we caught and tossed on the otherside of the fence line. One time a snake got caught up in the duck tape lining of the wood shoot and it couldn't move except to open and close its mouth like the hungry hungry hippo game. That ended my career as a snake catcher, since my little mind decided only an exorcist could save the basement from those satanic creatures.
The house and garage were green, the shed was red, the chicken coop blue, and the studio silver--metal sheets. Each building held its mystery and my discoveries. Such as, the studio had a closet full of paintings all signed by
Ruth W. Paulsen for me to look at till my mother spanked me when she saw the scattered piles of artistic works all over the floor. Or when the neighbor kids (well actually just the youngest three out of the eleven that lived in the singlewide trailer house down the road with the trampline in the front yard) decided to go swimming in a river that flooded our road and then almost drown when we got caught away in the strong current. Yeah that's Becida. I grew up there and the adventures I went on inspired me to become the Writer I wish to be, not to mention the previous owner of the house before us was Gary Paulsen.
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Autobiography 2 Awareness/Emotional Persona

The year I started the sixth grade my family moved closer into Bemidji and away from everything I was familiar with. I had to get braces, and being a shy girl from the country, took to reading books where I found an escape from middleschool dramatics. My best friends back in Becida broke their trampoline just before we left and the next summer that family moved all the way over to the west coast in Washington state. Distance wasn’t an issue, we all stayed in contact through the years writing back and forth, especially when the second youngest out of that family was diagnosed with cancer just before she’d test to get her driver’s license. She’d miraculously get better for two years, but then the cancer would come back and take her away two months before she’d turn twenty-one. I’d fly out there for the celebration of life ceremony although at that time it would be almost six years before I last seen them. The others would smile when they saw me since I symbolized the good old days which was a shimmer of light during that dark time. We would all ware tie dye that day, since it had been one of the deceased favorite hobbies. In high school I’d join a church youth group, take a choir class, and all the advanced English courses possible. I’d still remain an introvert, but would gain more confidence and a passion for writing. I’d start my first novel, then quit after chapter 14 with writers block and always regret not finishing it.


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Autobiography 3 Helpful/Informational persona

I grew up in a small town called Becida where I lived in a house once owned by Gary Paulson. My interest in reading started early, and as I got older I desired to write books of my own however never finished one entirely. In highschool I took all the advanced courses I could possibly take in English and decided that I would attend Bemidji State University in order to gain the knowledge and skills necessary in order to become a good writer, and to hopefully be able to finish writing a good book of my own. I’m currently a junior in the BFA Creative and Professional Writing major and enjoy the classes I’ve taken part in while here at BSU. I worked this fall semester as a writing tutor and I hope to continue working in the writing resource center since I’ve only had good experiences there so far. However, I currently work at Raphael’s bakery for a better income. Which has influenced my writing, one of my professors requested I use the bakery as a setting in more of my writing, and another time recognized a regular customer of the bakery as being one of my professors this year. I don’t know what I want to do once I have my degree next year, but I do know that what I’ve learned while at Bemidji State will stick with me in my writing, and I hope to obtain a potential career in one of the many avenues writing possesses.







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Autobiography 3 Edited (Please Use This Picture)

I grew up in the small town of Becida MN where I lived in a house previously owned by Ruth and Gary Paulsen which likely inspired my interest into reading and writing at an early age. In high school I took advanced English courses and began to write books of my own but never finished them. I decided to attend Bemidji State University as a Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Creative and Professional Writing in hopes of becoming a better writer, and to learn how to finish writing of my own. I’m currently a junior in the BFA program and completely enjoy the classes I’ve taken here at BSU.

I worked this fall semester as a writing tutor and I hope to continue working in the writing resource center since I’ve only had good experiences while working there. However I currently work at Raphael’s bakery for more hours and a better income. Working there has influenced some of my writing; one of my professors requested I use the bakery as a setting in more of short stories, and another time I was pleasantly surprised to recognize a regular customer of the bakery's cafe' side as being one of my English professors this year.

I don’t know exactly what I want to do once I have my degree next year, but I do know that what I’ve learned here will stick with me. Also that I hope to obtain a career in one of the many avenues writing possesses.
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