BRIDGES Peer Mentors

Lots of programs offer peer mentoring. What makes BRIDGES mentors different is that each and every one of them started just where you are today. They came to Pitt on a scholarship and decided to join our community to meet new people, maximize their academic performance, and experience Pitt to the fullest. Having been in your shoes, our mentors are uniquely positioned to share the tricks of the trade that will help you get the most out of your education and your time at Pitt. They’re like your well-connected older siblings on campus.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with your mentor in small groups during monthly Pitt Stops.

"At Pitt Stops, I could talk to someone who went through the experience of being a first-year student in a new world. If I had any problems or got lost for the 5oth time, I could talk to my mentor and they would always have a solution (probably because they had the same problems). It was reassuring to realize there were other people who were as lost as me because it made me realize that it is okay to be lost. I have found my way and I’m sure all first-years do sooner or later." - Jonathan Dawlabani, Chemistry

 

2020-2021 BRIDGES Mentors

Hanna Alamo

Hometown: Durham, NC

Areas of study: political science, economics

Years as Bridges Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Hanna.

Kyrian Elekwachi, sophomore

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Areas of study: neuroscience, chemistry minor, Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Years as Bridges Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Kyrian.

Quincy Erickson-Oberg, senior

Hometown: Boston, MA

Areas of study: neuroscience and French, chemistry minor

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Quincy.

Mckaila Faison, junior

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Areas of study: health services and natural sciences, Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Years as a BRIDES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Mckaila.

Sydney Grissom, junior

Areas of study: political science and economics 

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Sydney.

Mica House, junior

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Areas of study: health information management;  minors in French and political science

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Mica.

Kendall Johnson (KJ), junior

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Areas of study: chemistry major, American Sign Language Certificate

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Kendall.

Afi Koffi, sophomore

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Areas of study: biology and political science majors

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Afi.

Blya Krouba, senior

Hometown: Upper Darby, PA

Areas of study: studio arts major; French minor; on pre-med track

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Blya.

Eddie Lasker, senior

Hometown: Houston, TX

Areas of study: psychology major; chemistry and neuroscience minors. 

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 3

Read advice from Eddie.

Armari Long, senior

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Areas of study: Spanish major, Portuguese and chemistry minor, on pre-med track

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Armari.

Alyssa Medwynter, junior

Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA

Areas of study: Linguistics major; neuroscience and Africana studies minors

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Alyssa.

Adaeze Nwobodo, senior

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Areas of study: psychology and sociology majors; chemistry and Africana studies minors; Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate; pre-med

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Adaeze.

Morgan Ottley, senior

Hometown: Laurel, MD

Areas of study: neuroscience major; chemistry and dance minors

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 3

Read advice from Morgan.

Everson Simpson, junior

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Areas of study: linguistics and Chinese majors; Korean and studio arts minors

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Everson.

Marc Smith, junior

Hometown: Bowie, MD

Areas of study: Chinese and economics

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 2

Read advice from Marc.

Andre Sydnor, senior

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Areas of study: neuroscience and political science majors

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 3

Read advice from Andre.

Clarke Thompson-Gay, sophomore

Hometown: Bowie, MD

Areas of study: biology major; Africana studies and gender, sexuality, and women's studies minors; Certificate in American Sign Language

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Clarke.

Gina Watkins, senior

Hometown: Central NJ

Areas of study: history and philosophy of science majors; chemistry minor

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Gina.

Gary Williams, senior

Areas of study: psychology major; Africana studies and administration of justice minors

Years as BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Gary.

Mikinley Williams, sophomore

Hometown:  Silver Spring, MD

Areas of study: global management major; American Sign Language Certificate

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Mikinley.

Chelsea Wyche, senior

Hometown:  Philadelphia, PA

Areas of study: psychology major (Pre-med)

Years as a BRIDGES Peer Mentor: 1

Read advice from Chelsea.