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Advisor of the month: February 2017

Kara Lattimer, Advisor of the Month for February, Advising Matters at Virginia Tech

Kara Lattimer

Civil Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering


What do you enjoy about your role in advising?
It is exciting to watch a student discover their passion; when the moment hits and they are so thrilled about whatever 'IT' is - it's truly rewarding. I also enjoy listening to students and guiding them - without judgement - to help them FIND their "THING".

In what ways have you contributed to advising in your department/area?
Most recently, I began an E-Mentoring program which will connect early CEE students with young alumni. Often, the mentorship relationship, if there is a connection - can prove to be a huge asset to younger students.

What advice would you give to other professionals who want to a make a difference in the life of their students?
Ask the students what would benefit them. Whenever I need assistance with ideas for programs or Department priorities, I always ask the students. They are willing to provide constructive feedback and it truly helps everyone. Many changes have been made because of student input - for the better!