Devann Harris

Despite undergoing an accident during her first year at Winona State University, Devann Harris of Chatfield, Minn. refused to let adversity stop her from achieving her goals.

Double majoring in Biology and Psychology and minoring in Chemistry, her love for science helped her triumph through rigorous studies. And, as part of WSU’s band program, Devann found a means to express her creative side.

Support from these communities and her fierce passion for learning pushed her to persevere through any challenges her accident posed.


How has WSU helped you achieve your goals?

WSU has helped me achieve my goals by providing not only excellent educational programs but also a creative outlet. Being part of the WSU music department has allowed me to continue participating in something I’m passionate about while also pursuing the higher education I’ve always dreamed about.

Were there any challenges for you on your way to a degree?

I was involved in an accident in the spring of 2021 that forced me to withdraw from my classes at WSU. This was disheartening, as all I wanted to do was continue pursuing my college education. With the help of my advisors and some summer classes, I could not only get back on track for graduating on time, but I added another major!

Why are you proud to attend/graduate from WSU?

I’m proud to say that I attended a college that truly cares about student success. I have received endless support from professors and other faculty at WSU. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the community that WSU provides its students.

What in your WSU experience was influential in shaping who you are today?

I had the opportunity to help TRIO pilot a new program this semester: academic coaching. They hired me as part of their student staff to provide academic support to peers who were looking for assistance. Being able to help others find success in their educational endeavors has been nothing short of rewarding.

What are your plans after college?

I plan to attend graduate school to become a physician assistant and work primarily in an emergency room setting. My current work in emergency services has highlighted my passion and excitement about that area of medicine.

Words of wisdom for future Warriors?

Study something you love. You’re going to spend 4 years doing it, so it might as well be something you care about. If you’re truly passionate about what you’re studying, it won’t feel like a burden. And, if you don’t know what you’re passionate about right away, that’s okay.

What is the most important thing WSU taught you?

True failure only comes when you stop getting back up and trying again.