Hi everyone! My name is Sevana Wenn, and I’m so happy to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars class of 2025. Though I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I see Duke — and Durham — as a second home.

In many ways, I’m a combination of the people I love most. From my mother, an Armenian immigrant, I gained an appreciation for languages and cultures outside my own. In middle and high school, I studied Armenian, French, and Spanish. My father, a history teacher, shared with me a love for reading and travel. And though I’m almost three years her senior, my younger sister is a model of authentic kindness and selflessness that inspires me every day.

At Duke, I’m majoring in political science with a minor in journalism and media. I chose this field of study because I find America’s unique religious, political, and ethnic communities, and how they interact with one another, fascinating. I’m looking forward to studying abroad in Madrid this fall, where I’ll learn about a political system entirely new to me.

When I’m not busy with classes, you can find me hanging out with friends, taking walks in the gardens, or ordering iced vanilla lattes at Bella Union. I’m also a big advocate of getting off campus and exploring Durham— on weekends, I’ll be at the local farmer’s market or checking out new restaurants.

College has had its ups and downs, but I’m so grateful to have had a community to challenge, support, and ground each other. I’ll never stop being proud of being a Baldwin!