About Us

RhetComp is a student-run blog by members of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric  at Stony Brook University.

Our goal is to empower student writers at Stony Brook, and to introduce their work to the larger academic community.

RhetComp will feature articles from Stony Brook’s students and faculty, notify our readers of upcoming writing events, and highlight exemplary writing from students in their fields.

Our staff for the Fall 2018 semester would like to introduce themselves!

Sampson Berlinski

My name is Sampson Berlinski and I am a second-year Chemistry major, and a Professional Writing minor. My favorite recent book is Kameron Hurley’s The Stars are Legion, and I’m a big fan of the Lovecraft mythos. I also tutor at the Writing Center!

Robert Burmeister

My name is Robert Burmeister – I’m a health science senior in my sixth year at Stony Brook (things got complicated) with a double minor in Biology and Writing & Rhetoric. I’ve decided to pitch in for the writing minors’ blog as both a way to get some published writing out there as well as inspiring me to write in general. I would say that the most overrated book in the English language is Catcher in the Rye, but it’s one of my favorite novels anyway.

Athena Jacob

My name is Athena Jacob and I’m a senior Psychology major. My favorite book is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and my favorite word is sanguine.

Linda Jafa

My name is Linda Jafa and I am a junior Biology major. I became interested in writing when I realized its potential as a form of expression. I could easily say things through writing that I couldn’t necessarily say out loud. I don’t have a favorite book because I feel it is too tough of a choice to compare books to one another. Books come in varying genres and can have completely diverging yet relatable themes. Writing styles that appeal to me the most are creative and argumentative writing. I hope to grow as a writer by keeping an open mind to the feedback of others.

Sultan Kaur

Hi! My name is Sultan Kaur. I am a Biology major with a Writing minor. As an extroverted virgo, I love sunsets and sunrises, making plans in my llama planner, and laughing at the top of my lungs with my friends. Also, I absolutely cannot stand Hemingway and anyone who tries to convince me otherwise will not be spared my fearful volley of arguments.

Emily Montgomery

Hello! I’m Emily and I am a junior at Stony Brook. I am completing a BA in Psychology and a writing minor in Writing. My favorite writing classes at Stony Brook have been Fiction Writing and The Personal Essay. I enjoy reading and writing dark pieces but also more light-headed and fantasy type writing.

Camille Palarpalar

Hello! My name is Camille. I’m a Biology major and Writing minor in my fourth and last year in Stony Brook. A fun. though unpopular, fact about me is that I think The Catcher in the Rye is overrated.

Lucas Gonzalez Rivas

My name is Lucas Gonzalez Rivas and I am a senior majoring in Mathematics with a Writing minor. I have a passion for fantasy because it transports you to another world. I also like Zumba and dancing and my favorite musical style is R&B, in particular Aaliyah. My favorite books are American Gods, the Harry Potter saga, and the Lord of the Rings.

Remy Taveras

My name is Remy Taveras, majoring in psychology and minoring in Writing and Rhetoric. I am currently in the first semester of my senior year. The best paper that I have ever written was about the etymology of the word diabetes.

Helen Wong

My name is Helen Wong. I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Writing. No other book has left me more rattled than the twist in Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. My favorite word to say is aplomb, as well as its synonym, unflappable.

Please direct any questions or concerns to:                                                                                            Julia Vasile, former  undergraduate representative for the Writing Minors                              Helen Wong, current undergraduate representative for the Writing Minors


“Through writing we make sense of what we think, and process what we  learn  about our world.”SBU PWR


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