The First Year Mentors (FYMs) are upper-class student leaders who are here to support new students and their transition to Pitt. We have a team of FYMs working  throughout the summer to plan fun and exciting activities to help you get connected during PittStart and Orientation. During Fall and Spring semesters, the FYMs will be planning and promoting campus events to make sure your first year at Pitt is outstanding!


Join our TEAM and become a First Year Mentor for Summer 2019!



Megan HS 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.

Molly HS Molly Brandenburg

Hometown: Hershey, PA

Major: Chemistry and Anthropology

Favorite thing about Pitt: The amount of opportunities that are available to students! 

Bella HS Bella Esposito


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.

Lauren HS Lauren Greenwald

Hometown: Kingston, PA

Major: Communication and Political Science

Minors/Certificates: Sociology

Favorite thing about Pitt: The sense of community is the most incredible thing about Pitt. Being on campus feels like being home.


Donna HS 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.

Saman HS Saman Hasan

Hometown: Williamsville, NY

Major: History

Minors/Certificates: Neuroscience and Chemistry/Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Favorite thing about Pitt: is that there's always something to do. Pitt offers so many resources and opportunities to engage with the community both on campus and off---you can never be bored!

Lexi HS 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.

Emmy HS 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!



Dylan HS Dylan Sloat

Hometown: Cranberry Twp., PA

Major: Political Science, Economics

Minors/Certificates: American History

Favorite thing about Pitt...The amazing, diverse Oakland community!

Robin HS Robin Stoner

Hometown: Canonsburg, PA

Major: Statistics and Psychology

Favorite thing about Pitt: The accepting atmosphere on campus!

Veronica HS Veronica Tatone

Hometown: Derry PA

Major: Psychology

Favorite thing about Pitt: My favorite thing about Pitt is the location. Pittsburgh is a great city with lots of fun things to do and lots of educational opportunities.



Kayla HS Kayla Valentine

Hometown: Brentwood

Major: Public and Professional Writing & English Literature

Minors/Certificates: CPR and ASL

Favorite thing about Pitt:The Cathedral of Learning