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First Year Experience

First Year Mentors

The First Year Mentors or FYMs are upper-class students who are here to help you during your transition. This year we have 20 FYMs to assist you. FYMs work through the summer planning fun and exciting activities to help get new students connected during Orientation. During the academic year the FYMs design and put on programs specifically for first year students to help make sure your first year at Pitt is as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.

First Year Mentor Applications are now available and are due on February 6, 2015

The FYM application consists of three forms:

Form I: FYM Application

Form II: Personal References (minimum of 2)

Form III: Student Conduct Disciplinary Clearance

Please complete all three forms and turn in complete application packets to 119 William Pitt Union by February 6th. Personal references can also be emailed to

Your Current First Year Mentors

Sarah Kordish

Hello, everyone! My name is Sarah Kordish and I’m from Hollidaysburg, PA. Read more

Christian Andeaggi

Hey Everyone! My name is Christian Andreaggi, and I am from Upper St.
Clair, which is in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Read more

Adrienne Box

Hi everyone! My name is Adrienne Box and I am from Shavertown, Pennsylvania, near the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. Read more

Julia Bucceri

My name is Julia Bucceri, and I’m a senior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Economics and a certificate in Public and Professional Writing. Read more

Abby Cohen

Hi everyone! My name is Abby Cohen, and I was born and raised in the little town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Read more

Andrew Colaizzi

Hello, my name is Andrew Colaizzi, and I’m looking forward to being a First Year Mentor. Read More

Tiffani Cottrell-Patterson

My name is Tiffani Cottrell-Patterson and I'm from Penn Hills, PA. Read more

Jason Davison

Hi there, everyone! My name is Jason Davison and I am a Junior that hails from outside Atlanta, Georgia. Read more

David De Leon

Hey everyone! My name’s David De Leon, and I’m from Emerson, New Jersey. Read more >

Kevin Duffy

My name is Kevin Duffy and I am from Macomb, Michigan. Read more

Erin Fennessy

Hi everyone, my name is Erin Fennessey and I am from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Read more

Stephanie Gargone

My name is Steph Gargone and I am from the Poconos Read more

Fatima Kizilkaya

Hey everyone! My name is Fatima Kizilkaya. Read more


Brittany Lewis

Hi! My name is Brittany Lewis and I hail from Long Island, New York. Read more

Jesse McKinnis

Hi, I'm Jesse McKinnis. I'm a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and pursuing a career in the health field.  Read more

Amanda Poor

Hello Everyone! My name is Amanda Poor and I am from Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Read more

Tim Ruff

My name is Tim Ruff. I am a senior here at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in biological sciences and minoring in chemistry and administrative justice. Read more

Ashley Sisk

Hello, everyone! My name is Ashley Sisk, and I’ll be a junior this year as a Political Science and Economics double major, along with a Global Studies Certificate. Read more

Gita Venkat

My name is Gita Venkat and I’m from Doylestown, PA. Read more

Gaibo Yan

Hey everyone, my name is Gaibo Yan. Read more

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