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!





“Neil" Neil Bradley

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Sharon, MA

Major: Environmental Studies

Minors/Certificates: Sustainability Certificate, Economics Minor  

Fun Fact: I've camped overnight on the Great Wall of China!


“Anthony" Anthony Gavazzi

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Chambersburg, PA

Major: Political Science and Communications

Minors/Certificates: Chinese and German

Pitt Highlight: Seeing Young the Giant play at Fall Fest '18 and watching Colin Jost from SNL do live stand-up on campus.

“Faith" Faith Kehinde

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Reading, PA

Major: Neuroscience

Minor/Certificate: Chemistry minor; Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Fun Fact: I won two Track and Field state medals

“Gracen" Gracen Kenney

Hometown: Scottdale, PA

Major: Applied Developmental Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry, Italian, and Sociology minors

Fun Fact: I was born with my intestines on the outside, so I don't have a belly button (just a scar from where I was stitched back up)

“Noor" Noor Ahmad

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Marlton, NJ

Major: Neuroscience

Minor/Certificate: Chemistry minor, Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Fun Fact: I am a Spotify playlist enthusiast

“Stephen" Stephen Aulerich

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Vandergrift, PA

Major: Chinese and Linguistics

Fun Fact: Pittsburgh is also known as the city of bridges with 446 bridges all across the city

“Sarah" Sarah Bast

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Major: Psychology

Minors/Certificates: Sociology and Exercise Science

Fun Fact: I am part of the Pitt Dance Ensemble

“Sienna Sienna Dalessandro

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Venetia, PA

Major: Theatre Arts and Music Performance

Minors/Certificates: History

Pitt Highlight: Last year I got to perform in a musical with MTC where I met a lot of wonderful people!

“De’Jovia" De’Jovia Davis

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Savannah, GA

Major: Psychology and Urban Studies

Minors/Certificates: Public Service

Fun Fact: Jovie was the first African American drum major at her high school!

“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 and Biological Sciences Double Major

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry

Fun Fact: I plan on attending medical school and moving to Scotland after I graduate

“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

“Samantha Samantha Kirschman

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: English Writing

Minors/Certificates: Sociology and French

Fun Fact: I enjoy attending local shows and concerts, making earrings, and registering people to vote. 

“Tegan" Tegan Lapp

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Major: Information Science

Pitt Highlight: Getting to play on the quidditch team

“Sree" Sreethanaya Mekala

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Microbiology

Minor/Certificate: Administration of Justice, Chemistry

Fun Fact: I will eat tablespoons of hot sauce at restaurants until the food comes

“Zackery" Zackary Miller

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Altoona, PA

Major: Biology

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry, Applied Statistics, Theatre Arts

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.


“Husna" Husna Quinn

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Major: Political Science

Minors/Certificates: History

Fun Fact: I find great delight in learning about different cultures, so I am studying the Korean language to further immersed myself in the culture and history. During my free time, I enjoy photography, cooking, and reading.

Mary-Rose Mary Rose O'Donnell

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: West Chester, PA

Major: Information Science and Digital Narrative and Interactive Design

Fun Fact: I’ve been to a taping of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

“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 have successfully parallel parked an ambulance

“Sandeep" Sandeep Rajan

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Princeton, NJ

Major: Neuroscience

Minors/Certificates: Chemistry  

Fun Fact: I love to read tarot cards!

“Ashumi" Ashumi Rokadia

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Bridgeville, PA

Major: Information Science

Fun Fact: I know all of the songs to the Mamma Mia soundtrack

“Julia" Julia Ruggieri

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: New Castle, PA

Major: Psychology

Favorite thing about Pitt: Being able to explore Phipps Conservatory and other Pittsburgh museums using my student ID


“Alexa" Alexa Spaventa

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Northumberland, PA

Major: Computer Science and Digital Narrative

Favorite thing about Pitt: Studying in the Cathedral of Learning

“Mackenzie" Mackenzie Stiles

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Bernardsville, NJ

Major: Bioengineering

Favorite thing about Pitt: There are so many great free places you can access with your Pitt ID. My personal favorite is Phipps Botanical Gardens. It’s about a 10 minute walk from Cathy, and is a great place to go to hang out with friends or just clear your head!

“Oliver" Oliver Yao

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Major: Economics

Fun Fact: I enjoy flying my drone