First Year Mentors

First Year Mentors

First Year Mentor

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  New &Transfer Student Orientation.


Bella Esposito Bella Esposito, Head First Year Mentor

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.

Megan Benish

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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 you're passionate about at Pitt.

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! From research to such diverse events, it is so easy to submerge into the Pitt community and find multiple things to be a part of. All this makes it easy to call Pitt home.

A'Yanna Hatton

Donna Gupta

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Lexi Kuzemchak

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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!

Ngozi Obidike Ngozi Obidike

Hometown: Hopewell, NJ

Major: Psychology & Africana Studies

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry

Favorite thing about Pitt: The variety and opportunities that are available due to our campus connection and integration with the city.

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.

Shiv Patel

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Emmy Penisson


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!

Jess Scott


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

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!

Brian Wieseman


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