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Jenn Abbott

Senior Academic Advisor

Office: YONG 831
Phone: (765) 494-0843



Born in Waco, TX and grew up all over the east coast before leaving Greenville, NC for Indiana in April 2013. 


M.S., Counselor Education, East Carolina University

B.A., Social Sciences Interdisciplinary; concentration in Health and Human Services: Early Childhood, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo,


  • In undergraduate and graduate school, I was involved in so many things having to do with student support – I was a peer mentor, admissions volunteer, member of the student programming board, a graduate assistant in various offices… the list goes on!   Something I am most proud of was my work in Project STEPP, a program aimed at supporting students with learning disabilities.  I was an “original” mentor and helped build the mentorship program that exists today.
  • I have worked as an academic advisor since 2007.
  • I have taught a freshmen seminar course since 2006.

Advice for the Future Boilermaker

Find balance!  College is an opportunity for personal growth and maturity in so many different areas – make sure to focus on them all.  Ignoring one for another may have unintentional negative impact on your ability to reach your goals. I believe getting involved in things outside of the classroom is equally as important as academics.  Explore your interests and network.  Find something you can commit to and grow with.  Organizations that you join as freshmen will lead to opportunities for leadership in the future. Don’t get me wrong grades ARE important but experience opens doors.  Be mindful and purposeful.  Every choice you make will have a consequence; take the time to consider those consequences so that you are making choices that align well with your personal values. 

Fun Facts

To date the longest I’ve ever lived in one place is eight years!  I have resided in TX, OH, KY, NC (twice), NY and now IN.  I love nature.  My father and I meet every year for a “father-daughter weekend” where we will hike the entire time.  My husband is not one to like hiking so we compromise and go camping.  I can hike as much as I want and he only has to join me once.  We love to travel to see our friends.  It’s harder to do the older you get but we seem to manage at least a couple of small trips a year.  We have a daughter named Sophia.  She is very sweet and keeps us busy.  Something totally random to share is my affection for Hello Kitty, Keroppi in particular.