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Honors Peer Advising Center

A peer advisor sits beside an honors student


Individualized education. Individualized support.


What does HPAC offer?

Our main service is one-on-one peer advising. We also offer small-group workshops. We work with Honors students in our dedicated office on the first floor of Ambler Johnston Hall in room 1318.

WHAT CAN WE HELP WITH?

  • Course of Study Planner guidance and Honors Laureate Diploma Plan approval
  • Honors credit and diplomas
  • Referrals to other honors or university resources
  • Information and guidance for current Virginia Tech students considering applying to Honors
  • Your questions will teach us what else we need to offer!

WHAT CAN’T WE HELP WITH?

  • Telling you what to do or giving absolute advice (but we will help you identify and evaluate your options to find your own best answer.)
  • Duplicate other honors or university services (but we can refer you to the experts.)

Note: Calhoun Discovery Program (CDP) students will contact Michelle Kovac (mkovac@vt.edu) instead of using the HPAC.


Meet the peer advisors

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Shifa Banani

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Evelyn Chitty

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Andrea Connor

Shifa is from Mechanicsville, VA and is a junior double majoring in Biomedicine and Clinical Neuroscience. Shifa joined Honors her freshmen year and has greatly appreciated the opportunity for the extended scope of knowledge Honors has provided. She is very involved around and off campus, holding many different leadership positions. Shifa serves as the President of Doctors Without Borders, President (and founder) of the Peer Evaluated Educational Research Society (PEERS), Vice President of Volunteers Around the World (medical outreach), Vice President and Alumni Representative of the YMCA, Intern at Compress and Shock, and Intern at Autism Society of Central VA. Shifa is very passionate about providing others with resources they may need. She volunteers as a tutor for LVNRV (conducting an English conversation class for Spanish speakers), Donor Ambassador at Red Cross, supporting volunteer at the hospice center, and tries to volunteer weekly at the food-pantry. Upon graduation, she will be pursuing medical school with the goal of becoming a physician. Shifa has already begun to be integrated within the healthcare community as a medical scribe. She has worked with an Interventional Pain and Spine Specialist, Family medicine provider, and, currently, works with an internist. As an HPAC advisor, Shifa hopes to be a resource for students in need of guidance, assisting them in any medium they see fit.

I am Evelyn Chitty, a junior from a small town outside of Richmond, Virginia.  I am studying Accounting and plan on earning my Master’s Degree at Virginia Tech.  I then hope to become a CPA.  I am a member of the Accounting Society at Virginia Tech and am Treasurer of the Fusion Dance Team.  I am looking forward to my second year living in the Honors Residential Commons and for my first semester of in-person classes.  As an Honors Peer Advisor, I hope to help students navigate all of the wonderful opportunities the Honors College has to offer. 

Andrea Connor is a senior from Midlothian, Virginia studying Animal and Poultry Sciences. She is very passionate about research and is involved in numerous research projects both at the main campus and the vet school. She hopes to matriculate into vet school and obtain a dual DVM/Master of Public Health degree from an accredited program following graduation. While living in the Hillcrest Honors Living and Learning Community, Andrea was involved in hall council as well as the mentoring program, which prepared her for her new role as a peer advisor. Andrea is excited to assist fellow honors students with navigating towards their ideal paths and to help them take advantage of all of the great opportunities found within the Honors College.

Talley Johnson

Erin Kaplan

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Anthony Lee

Talley Johnston is a senior from Charlottesville, Virginia majoring in Childhood Pre-Education and minoring in psychology. She is very involved on campus and loves to give back to the community.  Talley loves working with children and hopes to be an elementary school teacher when she graduates.  Talley is excited to help other students in the Honors College as a reliable resource and to help them make the most of their honors experience.

Erin Kaplan is a junior from Waterford, Virginia, studying International Relations with minors in Spanish and International Business. She has been involved in the Honors College since her first year at Virginia Tech. Erin is also a part of Phi Alpha Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, and works for SAASS as a student athlete tutor. She is passionate about helping others grow and is excited to be a resource for students who seek support. As an honors peer advisor, she hopes to help students plan for an exciting four years by making sure they are aware of the various resources and opportunities provided to them.

Anthony Lee is currently a Junior from Hillsdale, New Jersey majoring in Computer Engineering - Networking and Cybersecurity. Anthony joined the Honors College towards the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Anthony participated in the Boy Scouts of America during his middle and high school career and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Summer of 2018. He is also currently a ULA at Virginia Tech for ECE 2514 Computational Engineering where he helps students develop basic C++ coding skills. In high school, he participated in the FIRST organization's FRC competition. Specifically on Team 1676 the Pascack Pioneers. On the team, he was a website programming division member for 2 years and an Electrical Division member for 2 years. As an HPAC Advisor who has prior leadership and guiding experiences, he hopes to make a difference in helping Honors College Students find their right path.

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Jules Patel

Jacob Shemer

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Kate Taylor

Jules Patel is a Senior from Yorktown, VA and is majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. She joined the Honors College Spring of her Sophomore year at Virginia Tech and has loved meeting new people and exploring the opportunities within the Honors College. Throughout her time at Virginia Tech, Jules Patel has been a peer mentor for the Health Education Awareness Team, a member of the Nu Rho Psi Honor Society, an editor for HerCampus Virginia Tech, an active member of the Mental Health Coalition, and an active member of Global Medical Brigades, where she will serve as the Special Events Coordinator for the 2021-2022 academic year. After she gradates, she hopes to conduct behavioral research before she purses a a PHD in Clinical Neuropsychology. As a Peer Advisor, she aims to connect students with all the diverse resources the Honors College has to offer and she is eager to help other students navigate their undergraduate experience.

Jacob Shemer is a Junior from Maryland majoring in Water: Resources, Policy, and Management at Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources.  He is an Eagle Scout.   He is also the president of the Students With Food Restrictions Club at VT and would love to help people get involved in similar extracurricular experiences.  Jacob ran cross-country for three years in high school and continues to do long runs in his spare time.  This is Jacob’s second year as an academic peer advisor and he is eager to support the many incredible students here at Virginia Tech. 

Kate Taylor is a senior from Vienna, VA majoring in Finance and minoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). She enjoys being involved on campus and meeting new people. She is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Collegiate Women in Business (CWIB), Logistics Chair for the Business Horizons Career Fair, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Kate interned with KPMG in their Tysons Corner Office this summer and will be returning there next year as an Associate. She looks forward to helping her fellow Honors College Students and having an impact on the VT community.

WANT TO BECOME A PEER ADVISOR?


Schedule an Appointment

The HPAC opens for the academic year in the fifth week of each fall semester. The HPAC is closed for winter break and during the summer, closing after Reading Day each fall and spring semester.  You get to pick your peer advisor when you make an appointment, so be sure to read about the advisors above.

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Schedule an Appointment

The HPAC opens for the academic year in the fifth week of each fall semester. The HPAC is closed for winter break and during the summer, closing after Reading Day each fall and spring semester.  You get to pick your peer advisor when you make an appointment, so be sure to read about the advisors above.

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