First Year Mentors


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!





“Noor" Noor Ahmad

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Marlton, NJ

Minor/Certificate: Chemistry minor, Conceptual Foundations of Science certificate

Fun fact: I don't know how to swim

“Steve" Stephen Aulerich

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Vandergrift, PA

Major: Chinese and Linguistics

Favorite thing about Pitt: The resources and opportunities they give for students as well as help navigating and searching for careers after graduation

“Sarah" Sarah Bast

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown:Long Island, NY

Major: Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Sociology and Exercise Science

Fun Fact: I have been in performances with the Pitt Dance Ensemble!

“Adriana" Adriana Bebout

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

Major: Legal Studies

Minor/Certificate: Administration of Justice minor, International Human Rights certificate

Favorite thing about Pitt: The amount of clubs

“Monet" Monet Blackman

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: New York, New York

Major: Mass Communication

Minors/Certificates: Korean Studies

“Clara" Clara Brotke

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Major: Political Science and Communication Rhetoric

Minors/Certificates: Legal Studies minor, Digital Media certificate

Favorite thing about Pitt: My favorite thing about Pitt is all of the things I can access for free with my Pitt ID. Specifically, traveling on the bus with my ID to different neighborhoods around Pittsburgh such as Squirrel Hill and The Strip District.

“Cynthia" Cynthia Cheng

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

Major: Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Sociology

Fun Fact: I have a greeting card business

“Vijay" Vijay Kiran Cherupally

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Computational Biology

Minors/Certificates: Theatre Minor

Favorite place to study: One of my favorite places to study at Pitt has to be the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room, as long as I can find a table! Pro tip, there are plenty of cubbies around the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors, so be sure to explore!

“Promiti" Promiti Debi

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Major: Neuroscience and Studio Arts

Minor/Certificate: Chemistry

Fun Fact: Promiti also works as an illustrator for the Pitt News!

“Sophia" Sophia Dunham

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Upper Chichester, PA

Major: Classics Major on pre-med track

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry

Favorite Place to Study: My favorite study spot at Pitt are the Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality rooms. Contrary to what you may think, they are empty the majority of the day, especially in the early evening. I love them because the bright colors inspire me to study and stay focused and usually I’ll use the chalkboards to write out my homework!

“Cate" Catherine de Hoogh

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

Major: Finance

Minors/Certificates: Economics minor, Business Analytics certificate

Favorite thing about Pitt: When the weather is nice even for a random day in March, everyone is out on the lawn in Schenley Plaza. It’s amazing to grab a blanket and do work with friends or enjoy a meal with a view of Cathy in the background

“Shrishti" Shrishti Jain

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Pune, India

Major: Neuroscience

Minor/Certificate: Dance, Chemistry

Fun Fact: I'm trilingual but can't speak my native language

“Luke" Luke Joynt

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Lebanon, PA

Major: Accounting and Supply Chain Management

Favorite Pitt Memory: Watching Prof. Ray Jones rant about Dunkin’s new products and Charlie D’Amelio

“Samantha Samantha Kirschman

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: English Writing

Minors/Certificates: Sociology and French minors, Global Studies certificate

Favorite Place to Study:One of my favorite places to study is by the windows on the third floor of Hillman! You can get a little bit of sun sometimes and the view is sweet

“Tegan" Tegan Lapp

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Major: Information Science

Minor: Political Science

Favorite thing about Pitt: When the weather begins to get nice again in the spring time and everyone flocks to study and hang out on Cathy Lawn or in Schenley Plaza

“Neha" Neha Manoj

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Fremont, California

Major: Computer Science

Favorite thing about Pitt: The diverse, welcoming community Pitt provides to students!

“Sabrina" Sabrina Martin

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Greensburg, PA

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Minor/Certificate: Nuclear Engineering certificate

Favorite thing about Pitt: How many opportunities there are to be involved outside of the classroom. Whether it’s research, club sports, student organizations, or presentations from companies around Pittsburgh, there’s something enriching to do for everyone!

“Zackery" Zackary Miller

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Altoona, PA

Major: Pharmacy

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry Minor, Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate

Favorite thing about Pitt: Pitt has a plethora of resources on campus that are available to all students such as Study Lab, the Student Health Center, the University Counseling Center, Disability Resources and Services (DRS), the Math Assistance Center (MAC), and many more.

“Megan" Megan O'Connell

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Boston, MA

Major: Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Minors/Certificates: Education

Favorite thing about Pitt:I love the diverse libraries at our campus that cater to everyone’s study needs!

“Phoebe" Phoebe Parker

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Major: Molecular Biology

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry and Political Science Minor; Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate

Fun Fact: I can juggle!

“Alexis" Alexis Shainoff

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Mogadore, OH

Major: Undecided

Minors/Certificates: Korean

Favorite thing about Pitt:The community and all of the things around campus to explore and try! I’ve met a lot of my favorite people here and I love exploring new places and trying all of the food options on/near campus!

“Morgan" Morgan Villa

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Lebanon, PA

Major: Environmental Science

Minors/Certificates: Music

Fun Fact: I am in the Pitt band!

“Gary" Gary Wang

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Lawrence, KS and Beijing, China

Major: Rehab Science

Minors/Certificates: Political Science

Favorite thing about Pitt:Basically everyone you’ll meet on campus is a kind and nice person with an interesting and unique personality; you will never get bored exploring the city and meeting new people.

“Liann" Liann Zyontz

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown:South Brunswick, NJ

Major:Undecided, with an interest in biology, hopefully applying into the emergency medicine program

Fun Fact:I was named the hula hooping champion at Black Bear Day Camp circa 2011

“Vignesh" Vignesh Senguttuvan

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Allentown, PA

Major: Biology and Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry minor

Favorite place to study:The math lounge in Thackeray