First Year Mentors

First Year Mentors

All new transfer students will be assigned to a “Transfer Block.” Blocks are led by a First Year Mentor (FYM) and serve to create a smaller community for transfer students through communications.


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The First Year Mentors (FYMs) are upper-class student leaders who are here to support new students and their transition to Pitt. This year, we have 16 FYMs, working throughout the summer to plan fun and exciting activitiesto 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!

Dakota Dakota Kolbe, Head First Year Mentor

Hometown: Shoemakersville, PA

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors/Certificates: Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, Chemistry

Favorite thing about Pitt: The opportunities. As a Sophomore I was able to do so much and get involved with organizations in so many capacities; from chairing committees on sexual assault prevention to being Head FYM. There is no shortage of amazing opportunities at Pitt.

Gabrielle Arguello-Abramson

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Major: Social Work

Minors/Certificates: Africana Studies

Favorite thing about Pitt: My Pitt family and the traditions that have been established throughout the years. Everyone and everything at Pitt makes you feel at home.

Shay Booker Shay Booker

Hometown: New Castle, PA

Major: Psychology

Minors/Certificates: None

Favorite thing about Pitt: The location. Campus is located near Downtown, CMU, and Shadyside. Oakland has such an at home feel, however there is a lot to do. Pitt gives me the opportunity to feel at home in the city.

Caitlin Budd Caitlin Budd

Hometown: Belle Mead, NJ

Major: Undecided

Minors/Certificates: Undecided

Favorite thing about Pitt: That there are so many people – advisors, professors, RA’s – who are willing to help you accomplish your goals. There are so many people who want to see you excel and do what your passionate about at Pitt.

Corinne Dodel

Hometown: Langhorne, PA

Major: Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Religious Studies

Bella Esposito Bella Esposito

Hometown: Lake Ariel, PA

Major: Philosophy

Minors/Certificates: Classic Civilizations

Favorite thing about Pitt: Spending my days in the Cathedral. I could be there for hours, but it feels like my home. It also makes me feel a lot like Hermione Granger.

Laura Gooding Laura Gooding

Hometown: Monaca, PA

Major: Anthropology

Minors/Certificates: French

Favorite thing about Pitt: The diversity. Coming from a relatively small town with a very specific demographic, Pitt was an amazing change for me. There are so many different student organizations and programs dedicated for students from all walks of life.

Cailyn Hall Cailyn Hall

Hometown: Churchville, PA

Major: Mathematical Biology

Minors/Certificates:  Spanish, Economics

Favorite thing about Pitt: Pitt is that it has opened my eyes and allowed me to appreciate the incredible amount of diversity that exists.

Ashley J Ashley Janosko

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Chemical Engineering

Minors/Certificates: French

Favorite thing about Pitt: Exactly what made me fall in love with Pitt in the first place: the people. Everyone is warm and welcoming, and I’m excited to be exactly that as the class of 2021 comes to Pitt!

Sloane Kozyak Sloane Kozyak

Hometown: Imperial, PA

Major: German, Political Science

Minors/Certificates: Global Studies

Favorite thing about Pitt: All of the connections that I have made. I am friends with people I never would have imagined and that has been the best aspect of Pitt thus far!

Michelle Lao Michelle Lao

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Undecided

Minors/Certificates: Undecided

Claire Le Gall Claire Le Gall

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Spanish, Latin American Studies

Favorite thing about Pitt: As a transfer student this school made it easy for me to acclimate and help me reach my full potential as a student and as a leader.

Mora Lucero Mora Lucero

Hometown: Wexford, PA

Major: Psychology, Sociology

Minors/Certificates: Secondary Education

Favorite thing about Pitt: Feeling completely at home when I step on to campus, due to the friends who became family and the dedication to both change and tradition on campus.

Clayton Lyons Clayton Lyons

Hometown: Pittsburgh

Major: Neuroscience

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry, History, Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Madhu Mahesh

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Applied Developmental Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies, American Sign Language

Favorite thing about Pitt: The various opportunities to make connections campus wide, and the way all those connections intersect to create a close knit Pitt Community.

7M9A2191 Alyson Menzies

Hometown: McDonald, PA

Major: Applied Developmental Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Children’s Literature

Favorite thing about Pitt: After having such a tiny high school, I knew I wanted a big University. But I love that despite Pitt’s size, I always seem to run into someone I know.

Deanna Moore Deanna Moore

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry

Favorite thing about Pitt: The amount of programs going on all the time. One of the most memorable was when Rae Sremmurd came for Bigelow Bash. I was in the front row. Pitt is amazing!

7M9A2195 Maharsi Naidu

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Health Services, Economics

Minors/Certificates: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine, Community Health Assessment, Managing Health Services Programs & Projects

Favorite thing about Pitt: The memories I will never forget and friends I will have for a lifetime.

Erin O'connor Erin O'connor

Hometown: Frederick, MD

Major: Rehabilitation Sciences

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry, French

Favorite thing about Pitt: All the great opportunities and experiences in the city. There are so many museums, restaurants, and shops close to Pitt.

Noah Rubin Noah Rubin

Hometown: Bala Cynwyd, PA

Major: Political Science

Minors/Certificates: None

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!

7M9A2176 Apara Sharma

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Communication & Studio Arts

Minors/Certificates: Creative Writing

7M9A2170copy John Sigg

Hometown: Monroeville, PA

Major: Computer Engineering

Minors/Certificates: Mathematics

Caitlin Steve Caitlin Steve

Hometown: Jefferson Hills

Major: Environmental Science, Business

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!

7M9A2158 copy Ben Zwang

Hometown: New City, NY

Major: Human Resources

Minors/Certificates: International Business