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Meet a Member: Jennifer

Jennifer Hanratty

Jennifer Hanratty

Academic Advisor and Instructor
Department of Political Science

Where are you from?

I am originally from Springfield, VA.  I came to Virginia Tech as a student in 1998 and relocated to Richmond after graduation.  Our relocated was short lived as we returned to Blacksburg just a few short years later. 

How did you get involved in advising?

I started working at Virginia Tech in various positions assisting students after we moved back to Blacksburg.  After a few years, I realized I truly enjoyed working with and helping students.  A position opened in up in the office that housed my undergraduate major and I was able to work with students in an advising capacity.  I later attended graduate school to learn more about advising, student development, student affairs, and higher education administration to more effectively work with students.  It was one of the best decisions I have made!  Working on campus with students provides new challenges and learning opportunities each day/semester/year. The students provide an energy that you can’t match in any other workplace. 

What is your favorite book?

I love the Harry Potter books and movies. However, I must give an honorable mention to my favorite holiday movies, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and Elf.