First Year Mentors

First-Year Mentors

The First Year Mentors (FYMs) are upper-class student leaders who are here to support new students at Pitt. We have 19 FYMs working throughout the summer to plan fun and exciting activities to help you get connected during PittStart and Orientation. Whether living on-campus or commuting the FYMs coordinate a variety of campus events to make sure your time at Pitt is outstanding!


Bella Esposito Bella Esposito, Head First Year Mentor

Hometown: Scranton, PA

Major: Philosophy

Minors/Certificates: Classic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Favorite thing about Pitt... is the community. I feel like I've been able to meet a ton of people each with different perspectives and ideas.

Megan Benish Megan Benish

Hometown: Lower Burrell, PA

Major: Pre-Communication Science

Minors/Certificates: American Sign Language

Favorite thing about Pitt... are the amazing people and opportunities available at the University.  Pitt is a unique place with many different people and allows you to improve yourself as a student, friend, and all around person.

Caitlin Budd Caitlin Budd

Hometown: Belle Mead, NJ

Major: Natural Sciences

Favorite thing about Pitt... is that whatever it is that you're hoping to accomplish during your time, there are professors, mentors, and friends who can help you do it as long as you're willing to put in the work.

A'Yanna Hatton A'Yanna Hatton

Hometown: Warren, OH

Major: Molecular Biology

Minors/Certificates: Political Science & Africana Studies

Favorite thing about Pitt... all of the opportunities available here! Pit does everything in their power to make sure you succeed during and after college.

A'Yanna Hatton

Donna Gupta Donna Gupta

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Psychology

Favorite thing about Pitt... the opportunities! Internships, research, clubs and activities are just a few of the wonderful opportunities I've been able to embark on here at Pitt.  I feel as though I am constantly engaged within the Pitt community and truly able to leave my mark here at the University.

Lexi Kuzemchak Lexi Kuzemchak

Hometown: Allison Park, PA

Major: Biological Sciences & Anthropology

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry

Favorite thing about Pitt: The location of Pitt is the absolute best. There's always so much to do and so many opportunities to take advantage of! You can never be bored here, that's for sure.

Deanna Moore Deanna Moore

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Major: Undeclared

Favorite thing about Pitt... all the opportunities we have because we are in a city. Many famous and prestigious people come to speak or perform here and they have been some of the most memorable moments of my life.

Ngozi Obidike Ngozi Obidike

Hometown: Hopewell, NJ

Major: Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Africana Studies & Chemistry

Favorite thing about Pitt: There are endless opportunities for all people of all majors that will ultimately help you create such a fulfilling experience while here on campus.

Erin O'connor Erin O'connor

Hometown: Frederick, MD

Major: Rehabilitation Sciences

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry, French, & Pathophysiology

Favorite thing about Pitt:  Pitt is in the heart of a city where there are so many different opportunities for everyone. Every opportunity and experience always leads to something new because of all that the city and university have to offer.

Shiv Patel Shiv Patel

Hometown: Hopewell, NJ

Major: Biology & Anthropology

Favorite thing about Pitt... is the vibe and aura that is felt once you arrive on campus. Since the university is considered a "city" school, it may seem very intimidating at first, until you get to meet the great students and faculty on campus.

Emmy Penisson Emmy Penisson

Hometown: Media, PA

Major: Psychology & English Literature

Minors/Certificates: English Writing - Poetry track

Favorite thing about Pitt... is how there is always something to do for fun, it's really hard to be bored because there are so many places to go, places to eat, and events that are held!


Noah Rubin Noah Rubin

Hometown: Bala Cynwyd, PA

Major: Political Science

Favorite thing about Pitt: The sheer amount of opportunities being on this campus and in this city provides; whichever avenue you wish to pursue, you can find the road to success at Pitt!

Jess Scott Jess Scott

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Computer Science & Political Science

Favorite thing about Pitt: I love the opportunities I have experienced so far in my time at Pitt as well as the ones I have yet to experience. Everything from research, internships, and volunteer work are available for me to immerse myself in while I am an undergraduate student at Pitt.


Megan Smith Megan Smith

Hometown: Birdsboro, PA

Major: Statistics

Minors/Certificates: Economics

Favorite thing about Pitt: The location. I absolutely love living in the city! Oakland is an incredible and fun neighborhood. Also, since we get free city transportation, it’s so easy to travel to different areas of the city, explore, and try new things!

Caitlin Steve Caitlin Steve

Hometown: Jefferson Hills, PA

Major: Environmental Studies

Minors/Certificates: Spanish

Favorite thing about Pitt: The location. Oakland is such a fun neighborhood and it is very central – only 10 minutes from Downtown!

Brian Wieseman Brian Wieseman

Hometown: Lewisberry, PA

Major: Politics & Philosophy

Favorite thing about Pitt: The culture of the University and the city. Being close to downtown and outlets to music, museums, and sports provides a cultural hub for students. Outside the city, the inspiration and passion of Pitt students helps craft the diverse culture of the University.


Luna Yang Yuxuan Yang

Hometown: Guangzhou, China

Major: Undecided

Minors/Certificates: Asian Studies

Favorite thing about Pitt... the openness of the campus and the welcoming atmosphere that students and staff express. I feel secure and relaxed here.