Ashley HarmelingSenior, North Reading, Massachusetts.
I transferred to Amherst because Harvard didn’t seem like the perfect fit. And at Harvard the level of commitment the sports required was too intense for what I was looking for in college. I came to Amherst with open arms. Everything just kind of fell in place here.”
Attacker, intercollegiate lacrosse
Tri-captain and forward, intercollegiate soccer
Co-captain, intercollegiate squash
On sports at Amherst: Everyone understands that this is something we love. It's not something you have to carry with you at night when you're doing your homework or into the next morning.
What it's like to be a three-sport athlete: Most people ask if I'm nuts. Maybe I am, but every time I started a sport, I thought, "There's no way I'll stop this." Most of why I enjoy all this is the people on the team. Basically, it's a social two hours, working hard, getting in shape, but we have so much fun.
Athletic honors include (partial list): New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year (soccer and lacrosse), First-Team All-America (soccer and lacrosse), top-ranked women's squash player at Amherst.