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Honors Peer Advising Center

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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 Honors Discovery Program  students should contact Michelle Kovac (mkovac@vt.edu) instead of using the HPAC.


MEET OUR PEER ADVISORS

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Shifa Banani

Shifa is from Mechanicsville, VA and is a senior 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), President of the YMCA, Intern at Compress and Shock, and Intern at Autism Society of Central VA. Shifa is very passionate about providing others with the resources they may need. She volunteers as a tutor for LVNRV (conducting an English conversation class for Spanish speakers), Donor Ambassador at Red Cross, a 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, life skills trainer, and student aide at the athletic center. She has worked with an Interventional Pain and Spine Specialist, Family medicine provider, internist, optometrist, and, currently, athletic trainer. As an HPAC advisor, Shifa hopes to be a resource for students in need of guidance, assisting them in any medium they see fit.

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Heesang Han

Heesang Han is a junior from Sejong, South Korea, majoring in Computer Engineering - Machine Learning and minoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He joined Honors College after his freshman year at Virginia Tech in Fall 2021 and loved the opportunities from Honors to meet new people and study advanced academic topics. Heesang is a subteam lead in Ware Lab design team SailBot and an active member of Autodrive design team. He also is currently working as a grader for Virginia Tech Mathematics department. He is very passionate about research, and after graduation he hopes to pursue MS and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering to be a research engineer. As an HPAC peer advisor, Heesang is looking forward to contributing to the Honors community and to helping Honors students navigate through their courses in Honors College and also navigate the great resources Honors has offered. 

Megan Gulian

Megan Gulian is currently a junior from McLean, Virginia majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Animal & Poultry Sciences and Psychology. After graduation, Megan hopes to pursue veterinary school. Megan joined the Honors College during her freshman year in order to explore all the different opportunities at Virginia Tech! Outside of HPAC, Megan is involved in the Virginia Tech Club Tennis Team, the Society of Women Engineers, and the BEAM Ambassador Team. She is also a member of the Alpha Omega Epsilon professional sorority as well as a volunteer at the Virginia Tech Equine Center. In her free time, Megan likes to go on hikes and camping trips, and hang out with her friends. As a HPAC Peer Advisor, Megan is looking forward to helping other students navigate the Honors College.

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Anthony Lee

Anthony Lee is currently a senior 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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Maeve McIntyre

My name is Maeve McIntyre and I’m a sophomore at Virginia Tech! I am an HNFE major on the pre-med route, and I am hoping to work in sports medicine in the future. I have been very interested in athletics and nutrition ever since I was about ten years old, so I’m passionate about what I do. I joined the Honors College as a freshman and I am so thankful for the opportunities it has given me to push my limits. I am involved in Greek life at VT, relay for life, and I work in Virginia Tech’s sports nutrition program. I am from Potomac, Maryland and some of my favorite activities are working out, going on hikes, spending time with my family and friends, and going to the VT football games! I look forward to helping other students navigate their way through the Honors College and use its resources to the best of their ability!

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Julia Marshall

Julia Marshall is a Sophomore from a small town called Skaneateles in Upstate New York. She is majoring in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and plans to pursue medical school in hopes of becoming a physician after graduating. Julia joined the Honors College fall of her freshman year and has since explored all of the assets that come with being an honors student. Julia is an active member of her community, both in the honors college and her sorority, Alpha Phi. In her free time, Julia likes to go on hikes, paint, and hangout with her friends. She hopes to help students realize the immense opportunities available to them through the honors college and can’t wait to aid students in finding the right undergraduate experience for them.

WANT TO BECOME A PEER ADVISOR?

SCHEDULE 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 third 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 here!
 

FIRST VISIT?

HAVE AN ACCOUNT?

WANT TO BECOME
A PEER ADVISOR?