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McKenna Vernon

My name is McKenna and I'm in Duke's Class of 2024! I'm an Environmental Engineering major minoring in Spanish and trying to get the Global Development Engineering certificate. I'm from Durham, so even though I'm not that far from home (as in very close), it's still fun to be in a city that I like, share a birthday with (according to the General Assembly), and always love learning more about. In the future, I want to help improve clean water access by making water treatment technologies more accessible to communities, and my favorite part of Duke is always meeting kind, inspiring, and intelligent people.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

you were rejected for a job that's interview was 10 minutes max and 90% just asking your availability.


Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • Starting some business after being semi-inspired by one I&E webinar and doing pEDGE

  • MANY books... (I still have hope!)

Everyday L's of life

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • Hosting a very fun karoake night after almost cancelling 10 minutes before, and having a great time in the end

  • Watching Night at the Museum IN a museum

  • Having a 6 hour dinner and talk with friends telling each other any and everything (what happens at the table stays at the table)

  • A semi-disruptive prank war that I admit defeat in

  • Going to my first concert!


Thing I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

  • The quality of friends, not the quantity


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

  • The Incredibles

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  • Beach Read by Emily Henry

  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

  • Invincible

  • Arrested Development

  • Total Drama Island

  • Disenchantment

  • Ozark

  • Hunter X Hunter

Things I'm proud of that you won't see on my resume

Things I want to get better at

Things I'm looking forward to in the future


Small joys in my life

  • Seeing the moon during the daytime and taking a great picture

  • Fries that are just crisp enough from Krafthouse

  • Spontaneous picnics when it's nice outside

  • Rediscovering a song that has really good memories or is just REALLY good

  • Someone texting me something saying it made them think of me

  • Sorbet/Gelato from Cafe


Obstacles I have overcome

  • Physics 152...

  • Being unnecessarily intimidated by professors (now I'm just the right amount of intimidated)

  • Fear of asking questions in class

Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone

Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight

Ways I take care of myself

Unconventional skills

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