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Sevana Wenn

Hi!! My name is Sevana (pronounced sev-aw-na) and I was born and raised in a small town just outside LA. At Duke, I'm studying psychology with a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies. One thing to know about me is that I absolutely love to write- whether it's for The Chronicle, in my journal, or just food reviews (I'm committed to exploring the Durham restaurant scene). Beyond that, I love to do yoga, play basketball, spend time outside, and find new local coffee shops. My personal motto is "be kind and have fun"!!

L's Taken

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"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Robertson Scholars (twice)

  • DukeEngage

  • STORY+

  • Internship with NC representative's office

Things I thought I'd finish but never did

 

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Everyday L's of life

  • Spilling hot chai all over myself in Bella Union

  • Not knowing how to inflate an air mattress

  • Airballing free throws

  • Failing to understand basic concepts of statistics

  • Tripping up and down stairs...publicly

On the Bright Side

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Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

  • 'Photosynthesizing': soaking up the sun in Duke Gardens

  • Driving up the California coast with my friend over spring break

  • People-watching on the quad

  • Stumbling upon an incredible pizza place in downtown Durham

  • My friends throwing a surprise party for my 20th birthday

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

  • The memories you've made with people you love 

  • Whether you're happy with who you are

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TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

  • The Queen's Gambit

  • Breaking Bad

  • Stranger Things

  • Titanic

  • Twilight (a guilty pleasure)

  • Harry Potter

  • Memoirs- Know My Name & Born a Crime are some favorites

  • All the Light We Cannot See

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

  • I've stayed in close contact with two of my long-distance best friends for years

  • I try my best to be a good daughter, sister, and granddaughter

  • Taking a gap year after high school

  • My sense of honesty

Things I want to get better at

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Things I'm looking forward to in the future

  • Travelling with my best friends

  • Taking classes I enjoy

  • Reading new books

  • Watching my little sister grow up

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Small joys in my life

  • The first bite of a really good meal

  • Waking up feeling well-rested

  • The post-workout shower

  • Watching the seasons change

  • Going on walks with my mom

  • When people wave to me in passing

  • Small talk with strangers

Obstacles I have overcome

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

  • Embarking on a 70-day camping trip with zero prior camping experience

  • Practicing a language I didn't speak fluently with native speakers

  • Interviewing all sorts of people for The Chronicle

  • Taking a coding-based class despite "not being a STEM person"

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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Random topics that I could talk/think/learn about forever

  • Why LA is still my favorite city (even though I fall in love with almost every new place I visit)

  • The human body!!! So dope

  • Louis XIV and the Palace of Versailles

  • My favorite coffee shops

  • Women's history & experiences

  • Harry Potter discourse

  • Self-care and resisting grind culture

  • How much I adore my friends

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