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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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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