Meet Our Tour Guides

We have a terrific team of student tour guides! If you can’t take a tour in person, you can get to know them by reading their bios.

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Head Tour Guides

Dalya smiling while wearing a lot of Amherst gear Name: Dalya Ackerman '23 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown: 
Davie, Florida 
Major: 
Geology
Activities on campus:
Ed Pros Fellowship, Hillel, Amitim, ACVotes, Farm, GUAC (Geologists Underpresented at Amherst College), Beneski Museum, Community Advisor
Hobbies: 
Kayaking, redecorating my dorm room, loitering in Val, taking long walks (on the beach and otherwise) 
Favorite question asked on tours: 
What's your favorite place on campus?

Hey! My name is Dalya and I'm from Sunny South Florida. Coming into Amherst, I had no idea what I wanted to major in or what I wanted to do with my life. I've absolutely loved being able to take totally random and interesting classes. Being here has given me the opportunity to meet amazing professors and explore my academic interests. Through small classes and epic clubs and organizations, I've met the most incredible people and made awesome friends. When I'm not playing in the snow or working on my random sunglasses collection, you can probably find me working (or wandering) in the Beneski Museum of Natural History, napping on a bean bag in Frost, or hanging out with my residents i the Williston common room. I'd love to answer any questions about Amherst (and I'm always looking for new music suggestions), so shoot me an email at dackerman23@amherst.edu! Also, PLEASE ask me about my free trip to Hawaii #thankuamherst.


Malia smiling in a field Name: Malia Chun
Hometown
: Palo Alto, California
Major: Political Science
Activities on campus
: Mock Trial, Native and Indigenous Student Association, AC Democrats
Hobbies
: Skiing, running, baking, reading, spending time with friends! 

Hi! My name is Malia Chun and I am a junior from Palo Alto, California. I am a political science major and have taken extensive coursework in economics. On campus I am involved in Mock Trial, the Native and Indigenous Student Association, and AC Dems (Amherst’s Democrats Club). When I was looking at colleges, I was looking for a school that felt like home while also providing the best academic opportunities and Amherst was the perfect fit for me. Amherst students and faculty are all super welcoming, kind and driven and the liberal arts education, strong alumni network and a warm, collaborative atmosphere was hard to pass up! One of my favorite parts of Amherst so far has been the open curriculum as I have gotten the opportunity to take really interesting classes in many areas. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends in a common room, watching Netflix or reading on my bed, or running on the bike trail. Feel free to email me at mchun24@amherst.edu if you have any questions about my Amherst experience!


Maxim looking off to side in the outdoors Name: Maxim Melnichuk '24 (he/him/his) 
Languages spoken: English, Russian, Korean
Hometown
: Demarest, New Jersey
Majors
: Neuroscience and English
Activities on campus
: Student Researcher and Lab Assistant, Chabad Nation, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), Education Professions Fellowship, The Beneski Museum of Natural History, Charles Drew Health Professions Society, Neuroscience and Chemistry Steering Committees, First Generation and/or Low-Income Student Organization, Badminton Club, Skateboarding Club, Rock Climbing Club
Hobbies: Swimming, rock climbing, cooking

Hey everyone! My name is Maxim, and I’m a junior here at Amherst. In the past few years, I’ve been immersed in the enriching community and atmosphere of growth and curiosity that defines our college. From the kind and driven student body to the passionate and caring faculty, my time here has brought me to call this place home. I’m grateful for Amherst's flexible curriculum; I can be pre-med and a double major while still receiving all the support I need to learn and succeed. Amherst is a generous place that helps students dare, dream, and discover. I love and appreciate our college, so if you have any questions about Amherst or just want to reach out, feel free to email me at mmelnichuk24@amherst.edu!


Tour Guides - Class of 2023

Headshot of Grace smiling Name: Grace Cho '23E (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Queens, New York
Major: 
English
Activities on campus
: Transfer Students Association, Food Justice Alliance, Asian Students Association, Amherst Mutual Aid
Hobbies
: Cooking, violin, dancing

Hi! My name is Grace and I'm a senior from Queens, New York. I transferred to Amherst from a community college and made the best decision in choosing to complete my degree here. Every course I've taken has deepened my curiosity and reminds me of how much I can understand and accomplish. I'm grateful that my professors are so understanding, as well as for the care and respect they have for their students. Beyond enjoying the wide range of classes, I've gotten involved with various organizations and activities on campus. The community of friends I've found here is also very meaningful to me. You can find me mountain-watching with them on Memorial Hill or wandering the nature trails! I'm excited to help you get to know Amherst in the same way I do, and I love to talk about my experiences here so please feel free to email me at gcho23@amherst.edu if you have any questions or just want to talk!


Nathan smiling outside, wearing a mammoth t-shirt Name: Nathaniel Grove '23 (he/him/his) 
Hometown
: Alfred, New York
Majors: Geology and English
Activities on campus
: Ushering at Arms Music Center, GUAC (Geologists Underrepresented at Amherst College)
Hobbies: Creative writing, "deciding" on yet another major, buying doodling notebooks from AJ Hastings, sitting in Val for hours sipping hot chocolate
Favorite question asked on tours
: What's your favorite class you've taken at Amherst? (It's hard to choose but I do have an answer!)

Hi everyone! I've been at Amherst for two years now, and as someone with a ton of (too many?) different academic interests, it's the perfect school for me. I didn't even fully realize it when I was applying, but the open curriculum is so wonderfully freeing I would never want to go to school anywhere else. I'm constantly amazed at how much you can fit into one semester at Amherst, from the physics of Earth's climate to the metaphysics of free will. Breadth and depth as my advisor would say. But no matter what classes you choose to take at Amherst, you know your professors will be funny and knowledgeable and your classmates will be brilliant and enthusiastic. And brilliant and enthusiastic don't just apply in the classroom. Amherst students will use calculus to figure out the best hike to the Notch, or write a musical in their free time, or spend weeks trying to master the technique for making perfect Val waffles. We still haven't figured it out. But if you have any questions about anything else, please don't hesitate to email me at ngrove23@amherst.edu!


Qingfang holding a small pig on a campus quad Name: Fiona Guo '23 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken
: Chinese Mandarin, English, and learning Japanese
Hometown
: Princeton, New Jersey 
Majors
: Economics and Asian Languages and Civilizations 
Activities on campus
: Music programs, CDSL mentor, Asian Student Association, Tour guide
Hobbies
: Guitar, flute, art (acrylics and color pencil), binge watching anything animal related. 
Favorite question asked on tours
: What is your favorite place to eat in town?

Hi I’m Fiona! I’m a senior planning on studying Econ and Asian language and civilization. I am originally from Princeton NJ, and I’m really excited to share my Amherst experience with y’all! Over the course of my first year, I’ve already met so many amazing people. The student body and the faculty here are wonderful and super supportive both academically and socially. Everyone’s given the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone, and explore a wide variety of academic interests. Outside of the college I really enjoy looking for a nice studying spot or some good places to eat with friends around the amherst town. I would love to talk about my Amherst experience, or just things to do here in town, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! qguo23@amherst.edu


Sofia smiling and holding a bunch of flowers Name: Sofia Hernandez Perilla '23 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: 
English, Spanish
Hometown
: Quito, Ecuador / Wellesley, Massachusetts
Major
: Math
Activities on campus
: Community Advisor, Tour Guide
Hobbies
: Listening to music while walking on the trail, watching shows/movies with friends

Hi! My name is Sofia and I'm a senior majoring in math. I was born in Bogota, Colombia in 2001 and moved to Quito, Ecuador in 2002. In 2011 my family and I moved from Quito to Wellesley, Massachusetts. Since then, in 2019, I made the short two hour move to Amherst, Massachusetts to attend Amherst College. I had always pictured myself attending college in the city but in the past two years I have discovered Amherst's rural location to be the best place for me to grow, both academically and mentally. I love our campus and its scenery which changes throughout the seasons! (My bio photo was actually taken at our college farm called the Book and Plow Farm.) I spend most of my time on campus at Frost (our library) or at the science center studying with friends. When I'm not studying I enjoy watching shows with my friends, having long conversations while eating Val ravioli, or watching sunsets on Memorial Hill.


Nancy on a stairway outside of a building Name: Nancy Hoang '23 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: West Hartford, Connecticut 
Majors
: Biochemistry and Spanish 
Activities on campus
: Asian Students Association, trumpet  
Hobbies
: Drinking boba, hanging out with my friends, trying new restaurants, sleeping

Hi everyone! My name is Nancy Hoang, I'm currently a senior from West Hartford, CT. Although Amherst is relatively small, I have never more at home. Amherst’s incredibly diverse and inspiring student body provides the perfect atmosphere to grow and connect with unique individuals. Additionally, the open curriculum has allowed me to both explore my pre-existing interests and develop completely new interests. In my free time, I like eating good food at the restaurants in town, laughing with my friends, or watching shows;but I would say my ultimate hobby is drinking boba : ). At any given moment you can probably find me at LimeRed or Vivi’s in town! Feel free to contact me at nhoang23@amherst.edu I would love to answer any questions about the Amherst community!


Alexandre in front of a mountain on a sunny day Name: Alexandre Jabor '23 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken
: English, Portuguese, Spanish 
Hometown
: São Paulo, Brazil 
Majors
: Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Economics
Activities on campus
: Mock Trial, Club Tennis, AC Democrats and Club Volleyball 
Hobbies
: Reading, listening to podcasts, watching Star Wars, and playing tennis

Hey! My name is Alexandre, or Alex, and I am from São Paulo, Brazil (yes, I'm trying to survive my first real winters!). I chose Amherst because I wanted a small college with a close-knit community, a strong commitment to diversity, and the opportunity to interact extensively with professors. Beyond the amazing academic opportunities, the highlight of my Amherst experience so far has been the people. I have made friends across groups, interests, and backgrounds and their unique life experiences teach me new things everyday. The care and attention professors give students at Amherst is incredible, both inside and outside of the classroom. From staff, to professors, to students, I have found that the Amherst community is defined by kindness. You can always find me Val-sitting with friends, on the tennis courts, or enjoying free food at the Center for International Student Engagement. If you have any questions about Amherst, or would like to exchange tips on how to live in cold weather, e-mail me at ajabor23@amherst.edu!


Ryan smiling in front of trees Name: Ryan Kyle '23 (she/her/hers 
Hometown
: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Major
: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought 
Activities on campus
: Chorus, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Difference for the Developmentally Disabled, and Research Assistant for the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Hobbies
: Running, playing the piano, watching soap operas, and chatting with friends into the wee hours of the night

Hello there! My name is Ryan, and I am a senior from just outside of Washington, DC. When I was looking at colleges, I fell in love with the idea of the Amherst experience – namely, the tight-knit community, the attention from faculty, the research opportunities, and the small-town vibe – but it wasn’t until I became a student at Amherst that I realized how special the experience really is. As a sophomore, I received the opportunity to write a research article with a professor, and I am consistently amazed at how often staff, faculty, and administrators consistently go the extra mile to enrich student well-being. On the daily, you can find me going on runs on the gorgeous bike path, chatting it up with friends in Val, and expressing my love for the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. I feel so fortunate to be an Amherst College student and would love to discuss all things Amherst with you. Feel free to email me at rkyle23@amherst.edu!


Aditi on a cold day in a crowd of people Name: Aditi Nayak '23 (she/her/hers)
Hometown
: West Windsor, New Jersey 
Majors
: Neuroscience and Mathematics 
Activities on campus
: Amherst STEM Network, EcoReps, Mead Art Museum Student Educator, Amherst Women in Science
Hobbies
: Quoting The Office, singing Broadways and Disney, calligraphy, drawing, experimental cooking

Hello! My name is Aditi Nayak, and I'm a senior from central Jersey. I chose Amherst for its small, tight-knit community, which proves everyday to have been the best choice. I love trying new things, and the support of our small community constantly encourages me to explore new activities and delve deeper into interests I already have. I can't wait to share the incredible experiences and opportunities I have had with you! If you have any questions about the school, feel free to email me at anayak23@amherst.edu


Omisha sitting in front of a floral mural. Name: Omisha Purohit '23 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Hindi 
Hometown: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India 
Majors: Biochemistry-Biophysics and Mathematics
Activities on campus: Dance and Step at Amherst College, Club Soccer, South Asian Student Association, Research Work in a Lab!
Hobbies: Dancing, cycling, binge watching sitcoms (never actually finishing a series), and listening to music in multiple languages

Hello! My name is Omisha and I'm an international student from India. I think Amherst is perfect for me for many reasons, an important one being its open curriculum. In the last two years I have found interesting connections between contrasting fields like music and physics courtesy the amazing professors we have, and I further plan on studying the biochemistry and math in combination with dance! Besides attending classes, you can find me working (watching Netflix) near the spiral staircase in the Science Centre or discussing the supremacy of dark chocolate over other chocolates with my friends in Val! As a senior at Amherst, the most important lesson I have learned so far is steering a canoe while awkwardly stuck (literally still as a statue) in the Connecticut River. Okay maybe calling it the most important lesson is an exaggeration but seriously, if you plan on coming to Western Massachusetts, you should probably learn to canoe(?). Since I am now a pro at this (believe me at your own risk), you can contact me for lessons at opurohit23@amherst.edu!


Diego Rao Name: Diego Rao '23
Languages spoken: English, Portuguese
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Majors: Computer Science and History
Activities on campus:  President of Men's Club Rugby; Amherst Democrats; Tour Guide
Hobbies: Cooking and baking; cycling; listening to music

Hi! My name is Diego, and I am a senior at Amherst originally from Boston, Massachusetts. I’m a history and computer science double major. On campus I’m a tour guide, president of the men’s club rugby team, and a member of Amherst Democrats. In my spare time I like to watch TV, read and write, and go to the gym; I also love hiking and cooking. You can often find me on campus studying in the Science Center, grabbing my sixth coffee of the day from Val, or taking a nap between classes. On the weekends I love to play rugby matches, hang out with my friends, and explore the Pioneer Valley. Keep an eye on this page for more about my time at Amherst! I’d also love to hear from you over email at drao22@amherst.edu if you have any questions.


Noah standing happily in front of a body of water Name: Noah Robinson '23E
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii 
Majors: Economics and Asian Languages & Civilizations 
Activities on campus: Club Ultimate Frisbee, Digital Music Production, Orientation Leader 
Hobbies: Songwriting/playing the keyboard, watching and debating sports, playing basketball and volleyball, playing card games that involve logic and strategy

What's going on! My name is Noah Robinson and I am a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii. I initially believed Amherst was the right fit when applying to colleges due to its focus on building a diverse community and a discussion-based environment. I have also found during my time at Amherst that there are so many new opportunities to grow intellectually through both coursework and extracurriculars. One of the main reasons Amherst has had such a positive impact on my education has been through the open curriculum; I have taken advantage of it by taking courses spanning from my majors to LJST, Music, Math, and History. I have also come to appreciate all the “little things” that are included in an Amherst College education. Who knew that in a single day I could go from my schoolwork to Ultimate Frisbee practice (which I never played before Amherst) and then to a recording studio on the first floor of the Seeley Mudd building to produce and write hip-hop music? These are just a few of the reasons why my Amherst experience has been so wonderful. Feel free to email me at nrobinson22@amherst.edu and I will happily share more about my time here at Amherst!


Ethan sitting on a boat Name: Ethan Samuels '23 (he/him/his) 
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Majors: Environmental Studies and Philosophy
Activities on campus: Editor-in-Chief for The Amherst Student Newspaper, Sports Analytics Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Hillel, Ski Team
Hobbies: Watching my hapless Houston sports teams, Scuba Diving, Skiing, Spontaneous Games

Hi y'all! My name is Ethan and I'm from Houston, Texas. I arrived in the Pioneer Valley convinced I was going to major in Economics and Film + Media Studies. By the end of my first year, I found myself leaning towards Computer Science and Statistics. Shockingly, I've landed on Environmental Studies and Philosophy. Some (my parents) may call this journey a product of serial indecisiveness, but I think it's a testament to how the Amherst experience allows its students to be guided by their intellectual curiosity. Outside of the classroom, I've been the president of the Sports Analytics Club and Entrepreneurship Club. Currently, I serve as one of two Editor-in-Chiefs for our student newspaper. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, talk sports, or just chat your ear off about absolutely anything relating to the college experience. You can reach me at esamuels23@amherst.edu.


Bianca smilling widely in front of a window Name: Bianca Sass '23 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Nashville, Tennessee 
Major
: English 
Activities on campus
: Amherst Symphony Orchestra (violin), AC Green Room (student theater) 
Hobbies
: Creative writing, reading, and Val-sitting for three hours to talk about what I'm writing & reading

My name is Bianca Sass, and I'm from Nashville, Tennessee. I adore Amherst, and am so grateful I have the chance to share my experience with prospective students as a tour guide. The Amherst community is filled with faculty and students who are both incredibly driven and supportive, and it is a wonderful place to grow alongside others. I am an English and prospective LJST (Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought) double major, and I love that the open curriculum allows me to draw connections between my various interests and reach outside my comfort zone. Extracurriculars are also a large part of my life at Amherst, and I’ve found that student groups are full of very welcoming and passionate people. I am on the executive committee of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, and I direct for the Green Room, Amherst’s student theater organization. In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, talking about books, and going into town for picnics!


James smiling on what appears to be a graduation day Name: Jack Trent '23 (he/him/his) 
Hometown
: Houston, Texas 
Major
: Economics and Math
Activities on campus
: Track and Field, Tour Guide, Entrepreneurship Club, Investment Club
Hobbies
: Reading, Watching Sports, Spikeball, and playing music

Hello, my name is Jack Trent and I am from Houston, Texas. Coming from Texas, I was nervous to be in a new environment, experience new weather, and be hundreds of miles from home. However, I felt immediately accepted here at Amherst. I love the open curriculum, interesting conversations with classmates, and diversity and inclusivity efforts on campus.


Bella holding a bunch of flowers on Book and Plow farm Name: Bella Wischik '23 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Queens, New York
Majors: Neuroscience or Biochemistry
Activities on campus
:  Rotaract Club, Women's Club Soccer, 3D: Difference for the Developmentally Disabled, Frost Library Student Assistant
Hobbies
: Painting (although I'm not very good,) hiking, listening and dancing to all types of music, and cooking

Hi! My name is Bella and I'm a senior here at Amherst. Coming from a NYC public high school, Amherst was a new journey for me, but is one that I'm so excited I embarked on. I've met my match here and continue to discover something new about our school, even when I think I've learned everything there is to know about Amherst. I love taking long walks on our nature trails, attending college wide events like Fall Fest, and ordering from local restaurants like Miss Saigon. Sledding down Memorial Hill with friends, and relaxing in dorm common spaces are some of my most cherished memories here. The people I've met and the people I have yet to get to know make up Amherst's collaborative, engaging and vibrant community. If you have any questions about campus life, feel free to email me at iwischik23@amherst.edu!


Tour Guides - Class of 2024

Brooke smiling with chin propped on fist Name: Brooke Alexander '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Columbus, Ohio
Prospective Majors
: Math and Political Science
Activities on campus
: Club Soccer, Club Crew, Smart Women Securities, Amherst Connects
Hobbies
: running, reading, baking, spending time with friends, getting outside

Hi! My name is Brooke Alexander and I am a junior from Columbus, Ohio. I came to Amherst because I really wanted to have a small college experience. I like that when I walk around campus, I see familiar faces, that I have access to incredible professors and small classes, and that I can get involved in campus life in many different ways, even as a first-year. I was definitely nervous to leave home and come to school on the east coast, but the Amherst community has been the most welcoming and caring group I have ever been a part of. The people I have met are all driven, diverse in all senses of the word, excited about what they are learning (in part due to the open curriculum), and also are invested in their activities outside of class. They are kind and push me to be the best version of myself. Outside of academics, I enjoy getting outside, running, reading, make-shift dorm baking / cooking, participating in club sports, and spending time with friends. I have had a great experience so far and I am really excited for what the next semesters will bring!


Isaac sitting on a couch Name: Isaac Bindman '24 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken: English, German
Hometown
: New York, New York
Prospective Majors
: History and German
Activities on campus
: A Better Chance Tutoring, Education Professions Fellowship, Amherst Political Union, Amherst Quizbowl
Hobbies
: Reading, jogging, following soccer, adding more posters for my room

Hi! My name is Isaac Bindman and I am a junior here at Amherst. Even though I visited almost 25 colleges, picking Amherst was a very easy decision for me. I was immediately drawn to the welcoming environment and the flexible yet rigorous academic curriculum. I am so grateful for the kind and motivated students I have met, as well as the hugely supportive faculty. On campus, you will probably find me plugged into an audiobook with my ninth cup of Earl Grey tea of the day, or maybe on the third floor of Frost library with an obscure German text. Please feel free to contact me at ibindman24@amherst.edu to ask about any aspect of academics, student life, or maybe the time I dressed up as President Biddy Martin for Halloween. Amherst is everything I hoped it would be and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!


Gillian smiling in a field Name: Gillian Campbell (she/her/hers)
Hometown
: Hollis, New Hampshire
Prospective Majors
: Math and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Amherst Club Rowing, Intersections Dance Company
Hobbies
: Dancing, reading, running and walking on the rail trail, and finding new art for my room

Hi my name is Gillian Campbell (she/her) and I am a junior from New Hampshire! I am a LJST major. Besides tour guiding, on campus I am in Intersections Dance Company, Women's Club Crew, and grade for the math department. I am also involved with Five College Dance so if any of things strike your fancy please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!


Bridget in front of a sunset over the ocean Name: Bridget Cassata (she/her/hers)
Hometown
: Annandale, Virginia
Prospective Majors
: Biology and Statistics
Activities on campus
: Amherst Track and Field, Intersections Dance Company, Amherst LEADS, Chemistry TA, Biology Peer Tutor
Hobbies
: Reading, Dancing, Playing card and board games with friends

Hello! My name is Bridget and I am a junior from Annandale, Virginia, located right outside Washington, D.C. When looking at colleges, I knew I wanted a smaller, liberal arts school, and I specifically liked the New England area. I was intrigued by the open curriculum at Amherst, as well as the research opportunities for undergraduates that not all colleges provide. As soon as I arrived on campus for a visit and tour, I knew that I had found my ideal place. Entering the college as a first-year confirmed that I had made the perfect choice. The Amherst community is so welcoming. Students genuinely care about one another. It is always so nice to walk through campus and see people you know every time, from students to faculty. I found my family through the track team, but there are so many other clubs, teams, and organizations that provide this new sense of family and community for incoming students. If you have any questions about the Amherst experience feel free to reach out to me at bcassata24@amherst.edu!


Leland sitting in a car, wearing a bandana Name: Leland Culver (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)
Languages spoken: English, Latin
Hometown
: Gary, Indiana
Prospective Majors
: Theatre and Dance and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Green Room, The Indicator, The Amherst Student, Fencing Club, Theatrical Choreography Club, Board Game Club
Hobbies
: Reading, Writing, Singing, Playing and Making Video Games, Violin (on occasion), Origami
Favorite question asked on tours: What's the laundry situation like?

Greetings, fellow traveler— comrade— ...friend? I hope you find yourself well. I have the pleasure (I think) of being Leland Culver, junior from Gary, Indiana—like the song. I'm a prospective Theater and Dance and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought major (that's only two majors there), and I use he/him and they/them pronouns. I spend a lot of my time on campus working/hanging around with the Green Room, which is the student-run theater group at Amherst; or else sequestered in some small, cozy space writing for the Indicator (student literary magazine), the Amherst Student (student newspaper), or, if things are really dire, my classes. When I can, I love to ride around town or the countryside on my bike—it's really beautiful out here and you should take the chance, if you can, to hike around a bit. To complete my nerdiness, I am also a fencer, playing with swords like it's the 1500s. If you've made it to the end of this, thanks for reading! And I hope to see you on campus sometime.


Headshot of Cici smiling Name: CiCi Curran '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: McLean, Virginia
Prospective Majors
: Asian Languages and Civilizations and Psychology; the Five College Culture, Health, and Sciences Certificate
Activities on campus
: Women's Soccer Team, At-Large Member of Title IX Student Senate Committee, 3D: Difference for the Developmentally Disabled, Amherst LEADS, and AC Public Health Collaborative
Hobbies
: Food (cooking and eating!), true crime podcasts, and getting active in any way!

Hi! My name is CiCi and I'm a junior at Amherst College. I came to Amherst in the hopes of getting to know people from diverse backgrounds (whether that be ethnic, political, you name it) in the intimate environment of a small college, and that's exactly what I've gotten. It seems every day there's something new small thing to love about it here. From talking through my favorite book with a pod-mate until 10 PM, to getting sunburnt from playing spike ball for one hour too many on the quad, there are so many experiences and opportunities to love about Amherst and the community it fosters. I have so many different interests that I've only just begun to explore at Amherst so I would love to share my experiences with anyone willing to listen! Please don't hesitate to email me at ccurran24@amherst.edu!


A headshot of Ari smiling Name: Ari Dengler '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Boise, Idaho
Prospective Majors
: English
Activities on campus
: Amherst Club Rowing, Food Justice Alliance, Amherst Connects
Hobbies
: Weightlifting, writing, watching movies & tv shows, making art

Hey there! My name is Ari and I'm from Boise, Idaho. I'm a junior at Amherst College and have absolutely loved my experience so far. Despite the restrictions of the pandemic, I have made so many amazing friends and developed such a strong sense of community at Amherst. On campus, you'll likely catch me walking on the bike path with friends, in the freshmen quad dominating at Spikeball, or at Late Night devouring mozzarella sticks. When it’s homework grind time, you can find me in Frost Library or the Science Center working on assignments for my courses that are so interdisciplinary and niche that they practically scream “liberal arts!”. (I love my weird, niche classes, but if that’s not your thing, there’s ‘normal’ classes too). The professors at Amherst are encouraging and supporting, and the open curriculum ensures that the people in your class actually want to be there. Both socially and academically, I am so grateful I chose to be a mammoth! If you have any questions about the Amherst experience, please reach out to me at adengler24@amherst.edu.


Jackie smiling, wearing a jean jacket and bucket hat Name: Jackeline Fernandes '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Port Washington, New York
Prospective Majors
: English and Psychology
Activities on campus
: The Amherst Student (Newspaper), The Indicator (Literary Magazine), CARC peer mentor, tour guide, WAMH Radio, Bluestockings A Capella
Hobbies
: Dancing, writing, reading, running on the bike trail, and calculating the right ratio of ice cream to chocolate milk at Val to make milkshakes!
Favorite question asked on tours: What is the typical Amherst student like?

Hi! My name is Jackie and I'm currently a junior here at Amherst College. I'm from Port Washington, New York—a humid yet scenic waterfront town out in the Long Island suburbs. In typical English major fashion, you'll often spot me with my nose in a book on one of the numerous Adirondack chairs scattered around the First Year Quad. You might also find me napping in one under the shade. I vividly remember touring Amherst for the first time: panting as I climbed the 77 stairs up to Memorial Hill, I thought to myself, "There's no way I'm climbing these stairs ever again." Despite my deep-seated aversion to these stairs in the past, I now trudge up these stairs proudly at least once every day for the beautiful hilltop views of the distant Holyoke Range, and as I make my way up from the hill to the First Year Quad, I'm always guaranteed to bump into a friendly face—a warm reminder of the closeness that defines the Amherst community. If you ever have any questions about Amherst, please feel free to email me at jfernandes24@amherst.edu!


Conner smiling Name: Conner Glynn '24 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Danville, California
Prospective Majors
: Political Science and Spanish; 5 College Certificate in International Relations
Activities on campus
: Mock Trial, Model UN, APUl, Political Science Research
Hobbies
: Baking, hiking, biking, going to the beach, listening to political podcasts

Hey everyone! My name is Conner and I'm a junior studying Political Science and Spanish here at Amherst. Growing up in a small suburb in California, I always knew I wanted to break free and move to the other coast. While I love the scenery of Western Massachusetts, I still think I prefer California "winters" to New England blizzards. I wanted to go to a small school to find a tight-knit group of friends and an intimate learning environment inside the classroom. Amherst has far surpassed my expectations as a curious, engaged, and loving community. Everyone here is passionate about something unique and niche, and professors always help to foster that passion. My passion is for politics, so on campus, I’m involved in anything and everything political – Mock Trial, Model UN, Amherst Political Union, and Political Science research here and at UMass. If you have an hour (or more) to kill, I’d love to talk politics!


Daniel holding a small bird outside Name: Dan Gonzalez-Kosasky '24 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Rockville, Maryland
Prospective Major
: Biology
Activities on campus
: Men's Rugby, research assistant for the Hewitt Lab, field assistant for the Clotfelter Lab, Orientation Leader, La Causa
Hobbies
: guitar, fishing, powerlifting, hiking, whitewater kayaking

Hello! My name is Dan Gonzalez-Kosasky and I am a current junior at Amherst from about an hour outside of D.C. Growing up I played a lot of sports, but ended up taking rowing very seriously. By my senior year of high school I had earned multiple collegiate rowing offers from multiple divisions and I committed to a different school in the northeast to row. When they flew me out to meet the team, they told me that every few years one of their pre-approved recruits does not get into the school, so they told me to try and visit some back up schools just in case. On a whim, I visited Amherst even though they do not have a varsity crew team. I immediately fell in love. Despite ample discouragement from my college counselors and family, I de-committed from the other school and applied to Amherst early decision. The next month I became the first student in my school’s history to get accepted into and enroll at Amherst. I have not regretted this decision for a second and would be happy to answer any of your questions over email. Have a great rest of your day!


Joy smiling in front of a wooden door Name: Joy Hall '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown: Florida
Prospective Major
: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Outing Club, Tour Guide, Active Minds, Effective Altruism, Pedagogical Partner, Event Manager
Hobbies
: Running, dancing, listening to music, turning up, going for walks

Hey! Hey! Hey! I'm Joy! I am currently a junior here at Amherst College. It fills me with so much joy (pun intended of course) to be a part of this community and I am grateful for all of the opportunities here which promote my growth both academically and personally. This is important to me because as I was applying for colleges, I greatly desired to attend an institution that would not only further my education, but also further my development as a person. Amherst has done just that for me so far with its unique environment. From grabbing meals, to class and office hours, to exploring and breaking it down in my zumba class (yes I get down... and then I get back up), there is just so much to appreciate and be apart of here that shape the Amherst experience. I've met so many wonderful people, seen so many wonderful sites and done so many wonderful things. Tusks Up! Let's go Mammoths!


Headshot of Luke smiling Name: Luke Herzog '24 (he/him/his) 
Hometown
: Pacific Grove, California
Prospective Majors
: English
Activities on campus
: Green Room Student Theater, Mr. Gad's House of Improv, Amherst Dialectic
Hobbies
: Creative writing, reading, watching movies, and going to shows/performances!
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite spot on campus?

Hello, hello, hello! My name is Luke, and I’m a junior at Amherst College. I hail from the other side of the continent, a small town called Pacific Grove on the central coast of California. At Amherst, I am a prospective English major with interests in theater, American history, and creative writing. Excited to have this opportunity to share my summer experience with any readers out there! On campus, (if I’m not giving a tour) you might find me reading a book in one of the Adirondack chairs on the Main Quad, slathering meals in hot sauce at Valentine Dining Hall, or watching a movie on a projector with a few of my friends. When the pandemic broke out, I actually made the difficult decision to take a gap year -- much like Prince, I am now “The Student Formerly Known as Class of ‘23.” A friend recently called me a super-sophomore, and I think that has a nice ring to it. Being away for a year helped crystallize what makes Amherst so special, and now I am especially jazzed to be back on campus! If you have any questions please feel free to email me at lherzog23@amherst.edu!


Emily in front of a town backdrop holding a camera Name: Emily Kang '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Korean
Hometown
: Los Angeles, California
Prospective Majors
: Biochemistry & Biophysics, Five College Culture, Health, and Science Certificate
Activities on campus
: Research student in a Developmental Biology lab, Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, and the Stream Magazine
Hobbies
: Creative writing, taking naps, finding new music, sitting behind Johnson Chapel

Hello! My name is Emily Kang, and I am currently a junior majoring BCBP on the pre-med track. I first learned about Amherst through QuestBridge and I completely fell in love with the school when I visited through the fly-in program. Now I'm here as a QuestBridge Match Scholar, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Amherst opened lots of doors for new experiences and opportunities for me, and I'd love to talk to you about your interests and what Amherst can offer you! Feel free to reach out at ekang24@amherst.edu.


Will smiling in front of a city backdrop Name: Will Marshall '24 (he/him/his) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Prospective Majors
: Economics and Mathematics
Activities on campus
: Baseball, Sports Business and Analytics Club, Amherst College Democrats
Hobbies
: Playing cards, watching and playing sports, following politics, listening to podcasts

Hi! My name is Will Marshall from the City of Lakes, Minneapolis, MN. I chose Amherst because I wanted to break out of my comfort zone and see a new part of the US. As soon as I saw the view from the top of Memorial Hill, I knew that I was going to love it here. I'm so glad I found such an incredible community of amazing, smart, motivated, well-rounded and overall awesome people here at the college. I love being free to explore my interests with the support of friends and faculty (which can be obscure sometimes: ask me about the beauty of the interstate highway numbering system if you ever have 15 minutes to burn!) During fall, I can be found on campus admiring the leaves, in the winter you’ll find me telling people that it's not really that cold here, and in the spring you can find me soaking up the sun in an adirondack chair on the quad. Whatever the season, I love talking with people about Amherst so please reach out at wmarshall24@amherst.edu!


Jess smiling at the oceanside in front of flowers

Name: Jess Li '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, a little bit of Mandarin
Hometown
: San Diego, California
Prospective Majors
: Economics and Sociology
Activities on campus
: Dance and Step at Amherst College, Intersections Dance Company, Asian Students Association, Chinese Students Association, Investment Club
Hobbies
: Dancing (both actual dancing and jumping around with friends), long walks, eating and making food, starting TV shows and never finishing them, trying to charm animals

Hey, my name is Jess and I'm a junior at Amherst! Frankly, I never expected myself to come to Amherst, but I'm so glad that I've been able to find a home here throughout my short time as a student here. When I toured Amherst, I was awed by how close-knit and warm the community was (and still is). Being on-campus during the coronavirus pandemic really proved this to me; I was amazed to see the community come together to make sure campus is safe and everyone still gets an exhaustive college experience. Student groups and organizations have given me a lot of opportunities to meet new people and helped me feel like I have a place on campus. I'm really excited to see my growth during my next few years at Amherst. If there are any questions, if you'd just like to chat about Amherst, or you need advice on how applying or making a decision, feel free to email me at jhli24@amherst.edu!


Gillian sitting in a garden

Name: Gillian Richard '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, French
Hometown
: Charleston, South Carolina
Prospective Majors
: Economics and Mathematics
Activities on campus
: Intersections, DASAC, Sailing Team, Research Assistant for Statistics Professor
Hobbies
: Dancing, walking on the Rail Trail, fishing, bird watching

Hey y’all! My name is Gillian and I’m a junior from Charleston, South Carolina. I randomly toured Amherst while visiting my cousin at UMASS and fell in love with the beautiful campus and close-knit community, although the stairs still take the breath out of me. I have found a love and appreciation for the school through the students always willing to discuss their passions and professors always willing to lend a hand. Student dance groups like DASAC and Intersections have helped me continue performing and meet new people while also staying active. I also work at the childcare center on campus which helps connect me to the larger town of Amherst. You can often find me Val-sitting with a glass of guava juice or lounging at the dorms on the Hill. If you have any questions at all about Amherst, feel free to reach out!


Angelica smiling at a formal event

Name: Angelica Sang '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Brooklyn, New York
Prospective Majors
: Statistics and Spanish
Activities on campus
: Intersections Dance Company, Multicultural Student Union
Hobbies
: Swimming, painting, and yoga

Hi! My name is Angelica Sang. I am a junior from Brooklyn, NY and a prospective Statistics and Spanish double major. I chose Amherst because I really enjoy the small, yet strong community that exists on our campus and the opportunities students have to connect and collaborate with professors. When I am not in class, I enjoy reading, going to the gym, participating in dance at Amherst, and catching up with my friends. I am still always trying new clubs and exploring different interests during the semester, so please feel free to reach out with any questions about the Amherst experience!


Heloise smiling in a sunlit field

Name: Héloïse Schep '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: Dutch, English
Hometown
: the Hague, the Netherlands
Prospective Majors
: Political Science and Computer Science
Activities on campus
: Pedagogical Partners Program, Choral Society, Roosevelt Institute, Law Review, Judiciary Committee
Hobbies
: Singing, baking, knitting, hiking, and listening to podcasts

Hi y'all! My name is Héloïse Schep, I'm a prospective political and computer science double major and a junior at Amherst. As an international student from the Netherlands, I chose Amherst because of the amazing academic and personal support Amherst gives its international community. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful, passionate students and staff I've collaborated with here, whether we're using AI to analyze art collections, going on field trips to the Baltics with Choral Society, or simply enjoying a meal with friends or professors. From sunsets on the bike trail to study sessions in Frost Library I'm loving every part of the Amherst experience, and so excited you're interested in joining us, too! Please reach out to me at hschep24@amherst.edu with any questions you have.


Gabriella smiling in front of a colorful backdrop

Name: Gabriella Valdivieso Calderón '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian
Hometown
: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Prospective Majors
: Neuroscience and Anthropology
Activities on campus
: Community Advisor, Neuroscience Research Assistant, Biology Teaching Assistant, Amherst College Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (ACMAPS), La Causa
Hobbies
: Going to the beach, listening to music, doing exercise, spending time with friends, running away from the cold, Wordle!

Hi everyone! My name is Gabi and I am from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! At Amherst, I am pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Anthropology on the Pre-Med track. Having been accepted into Amherst during Covid took its toll because I didn’t have the opportunity to visit campus to see if it was really the place for me. Coming to Amherst was very much an “I feel it in my gut” kind of decision. Two years later and I still have no regrets. This vibrant community of hardworking and collaborative individuals has given me a space to explore my academic and extracurricular interests inside and out of the classroom. The small classes have allowed me to create close relationships with my professors and has played a key role in getting the most out of my undergraduate education. Being born and raised on a tropical island and going to school in western Mass was an adjustment, but the freedom of being able to study what truly interests me and surround myself by people that want to see me succeed has made the transition seamless. However, if I have learned one thing here it’s that the cold and I will never be friends (and I think I’m okay with that). Email me questions about Amherst, the skillful art of layering, or simply if you want a new friend to talk to at gvaldiviesocaldero24@amherst.edu!


Ana smiling by a window

Name: Ana Varona Ortiz '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Mexico City, Mexico
Prospective Majors
: Neuroscience
Activities on campus
: Research Assistant (Kim Lab), Concert Choir, Choral Society
Hobbies
: building puzzles and legos, crocheting, binge watching tv shows

Hi all! My name is Ana and I am a junior from Mexico City, Mexico. I fell in love with Amherst when I visited as part of the DIVOH program. I saw how incredible the campus was, how caring the faculty were, and how friendly Amherst students were. 2 years in, and these things continue to ring true. I love research, so most of the time you will find me in the science center. However, if I’m not doing schoolwork, you might find me snagging some bubble tea downtown, building a puzzle, or laughing away my last working neuron with some friends.I’m really excited to share my Amherst experience with you, and hopefully I’ll see you around campus soon! Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have at avaronaortiz24@amherst.edu.


Tour Guides - Class of 2025

Revival standing by a pond Name: Revival Afolabi '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Prospective Majors
: History and Philosophy
Activities on campus
: AC Green Room, Black Student Union, African & Caribbean Students' Union
Hobbies
: reading, watching & quoting tiktoks, binge watching SVU

HI! My name is Revival Afolabi, I'm a sophomore from brick city (aka Newark NJ) and considering double majoring in history and philosophy. I almost triple majored (& please I'm begging you, don't be like me). In just a short period of time Amherst has definitely become a second home and I often feel like I could not have made a better choice as to where I would attend for the next four years. Stepping onto campus I knew immediately that I found the tight knit community I longed for during my college process. All the little things at Amherst catch me by surprise everyday. I would not have imagined falling in easy friendship with my floormates and becoming the number one fan of our soccer team. Amherst adds its own touch to "open-curriculum" meaning that it gave me the opportunity to triple major, as unfeasible as that is it was just pretty cool that I could have if I really wanted to. Socially and academically becoming a mammoth was my first best decision as a young adult and I am beyond willing to talk about it, just reach out to rafolabi25@amherst.edu.

Hannah smiling and leaning against a wall Name: Hannah Dimas '25 (she/her/hers)
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown: Washington, DC
Prospective Major
: Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Law Review, Intersections Dance Company, Club Tennis, Amherst Christian Fellowship, 3D: Difference for the Developmentally Disabled, Native and Indigenous Students Association
Hobbies
: Tennis, Running, Dancing, Reading, Creative Writing, Volunteering

Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Dimas and I am from Washington, DC. I am a sophomore and Amherst has quickly become my home. The open curriculum, academic rigor, world renowned professors, small class size, and diverse student community drew me to Amherst. I am a prospective Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought major with other academic interests in English, Math and Biology. Outside of the classroom, you can find me playing tennis, dancing, attending Amherst College sporting events, getting coffee in town, and hanging out with my best friends. I look forward to sharing my love of Amherst with all of you. Email me at hdimas25@amherst.edu

Bek smiling in a kitchen Name: Bek Herz '25
Hometown: Oakland, California
Prospective Majors
: Physics and Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies
Activities on campus
: Physics Research Assistant, Green Room Theater, Choral Society, Physics TA, Spectra
Hobbies
: Reading, baking, sketching, hiking, and doing cryptic crosswords

Hello!! I’m Bek, a sophomore from Oakland, California! I’m a prospective physics and SWAGS (Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies) double major. On campus, you can find me lurking in the depths of the science center at all hours of the day (and sometimes night), lounging in an Adirondack on the first-year quad with a science fiction novel, a sketchbook, or some friends, or watching sunsets from the Octagon. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be at a liberal arts college, but my first semester here has made me immensely glad that I am, and that that college is Amherst. Because of COVID, I didn’t get the chance to visit campus and truly envision myself as an Amherst student until I arrived here for orientation. I’ve found a home here and I’m excited to help you figure out whether Amherst is the right place for you, too! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have at eherz25@amherst.edu!

A headshot of Amelie smiling Name: Amelie Justo-Sainz '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Languages spoken: Spanish, English 
Prospective Majors
: Sociology and Latinx and Latin American Studies
Activities on campus
: La Causa, Amherst Connect
Hobbies
: listening to music, reading & binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix

Hello! My name is Amelie and I am a sophomore at Amherst. I am from San Francisco, California. Although I have only been at Amherst for a short time, I have grown to love the environment here. Coming from a big city, I was a little wary of moving to a small town, but Amherst quickly became my home away from home. It did not take long for me to find my people, especially with how welcoming everyone is here. Amherst’s open curriculum allows me to not feel the immediate pressure of meeting requirements for a certain major right away. Instead, I am encouraged to take classes that interest me and because of this, I am now considering Latinx, Latin American studies as a major, something I would never have imagined myself considering. In my free time, you will most likely find me at Val, making an iced coffee, or in one of Frost’s study rooms, studying (but mostly hanging out) with my friends. Feel free to email me (ajustosainz25@amherst.edu) with any questions!

Gabriele smiling in front of palm trees Name: Gabriele Lunardi '25 (he/him/his)
Hometown: New York, New York
Languages spoken:
English, Italian 
Prospective Majors
: Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Swimming, Athletes & Allies, Reproductive Justice Alliance, AC Democratic Trifecta, Pride Alliance
Hobbies
: Fashion Research, Aviation Research, Music, Spending time with friends

Hey guys, my name is Gabriele and I am originally from New York City! I am a current sophomore and prospective Political Science and LJST double major. I had the honor of being recruited to swim on Amherst's team, but was drawn to the school primarily for its open curriculum, highly regarded academic rigor, and its impressive commitment to diversity and inclusion. These reasons together brought me to this beautiful school and I am so happy to have found this community of people and incredible academic environment. My first semester was full of fun memories of making friends with people from all around the globe, being academically challenged and intrigued in new ways, and spending time around campus, whether it be at Book and Plow Farm or the third floor of Frost Library. Amherst has truly turned out to be the second home that I was looking for during the college process and I hope that you can find that home here as well. If you have any questions or need any more information, please email me at glunardi25@amherst.edu.


Tiia sitting outside Name: Tiia McKinney '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Rock Sound, Eleuthera, The Bahamas
Prospective Majors
: English and Black Studies
Activities on campus
: BSU (Black Student Union), ACSU (African & Caribbean Students Union), Arting Club, The Indicator (Literary Magazine)
Hobbies
: swimming (recreationally), walking to the beach, watching true crime documentaries or series, listening to music, drinking boba tea with friends, watching sunsets, painting

Hey! I'm Tiia and I'm from a small island called Eleuthera in The Bahamas. I usually love going to the beach with my family or my twin sister when I'm home. I am not immediately in love with this abnormally cold weather, but the beautiful trees on campus and the mountains are a few of the reasons why I love Amherst. Probably a lot of people say that they love the community about their schools, but seriously, the community at Amherst is one of the other aspects that drew me to the school. I love the affinity spaces and the cultural centers in the campus centers. I am usually hanging out at CISE (Center for International Student Engagement) eating ramen, so I can tell you a bit about my ramen preferences too. I am excited to meet y'all, and feel free to email me @tmckinney25@amherst.edu with any questions!

Jocelyn smiling in front of Johnson Chapel Name: Jocelyn Nichols '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Sterling, Virginia
Prospective Majors
: Biochemistry and Spanish
Activities on campus
: Swim Team, Council of Amherst College Student-Athletes of Color (CACSAC), Outing Club
Hobbies
: Beach travel, surfing, healthy eating, playing with my two pomeranians and meeting new people

Hi and welcome to Amherst! My name is Jocelyn Nichols. I am a sophomore on the pre-med track, hoping to also complete a major in Spanish. Amherst's open curriculum has given me the freedom to decide what I am passionate about and the opportunity to pursue it. One of my favorite spots on campus is the gathering space near the research labs in the Science Center. The building’s design brings in lots of light and natural beauty. My professors inspire me in my studies and provide the individualized support I need to succeed. Amherst also provides a space for me to engage with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff. I am a member of the Swim and Dive Team, the Outing Club and the Council of Amherst Student-Athletes of Color. I am quite a talkative person and have enjoyed attending concerts and other celebratory gatherings on the First Year Quad this past semester. The music and dance sponsored by the African and Caribbean Student Union, for example, was phenomenal. Amherst is such a unique, special place! If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me at jnicholslockett25@amherst.edu.

Corey smiling in front of a tree Name: Corey O'Callaghan '25 (they/them/theirs)
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Prospective Majors
: Math and Theater and Dance
Activities on campus
: Theater, Pride Alliance, Hillel, FLI (First-Gen Low-Income) community, Arting Club
Hobbies
: Movie nights with friends, collecting various teas, making earrings, and playing Dungeons and Dragons

Hi everyone! My name is Corey O’Callaghan, and I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico! Some of my favorite things to do at Amherst are skateboarding around campus, going on long walks with my friends, and reading inside of Frost Library. Although I’m only a sophomore, I’ve loved my time here at Amherst! From the close friends I’ve made to the brilliant professors that I’ve gotten to meet to the beautiful campus, I’ve loved getting to learn more about myself and the world around me while I’m here. I’ve gotten to meet so many passionate people from all over the world, and I’ve had so many good conversations about everything with them from the nature of consciousness to what defines art. Everyday I get to learn something new even when I’m outside of class! I love meeting and getting to know new people, so feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about Amherst. My email is cocallaghan25@amherst.edu.

Rebecca in a coffee shop Name: Rebecca Rock '25 (she/her/hers)
Languages spoken: English, some French and Spanish
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Prospective Major
: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Mock Trial, Hillel, Effective Altruism
Hobbies
: reading, watching rom-coms, swimming, power napping

Hey! I’m Rebecca, a sophomore here at Amherst from Houston, Texas. Though I am still getting used to the cold weather and lack of barbecue, I adore the view out of my window on many a peaceful snowy day here in New England. I chose Amherst because of the tight-knit community and alumni network, the caring and passionate student body, and the opportunities available because of our open curriculum. While having an open curriculum was daunting at first for someone as indecisive as me, I relish the chances to explore every subject imaginable. Here on campus you can most often find me having absurdly long meals with friends at Val, exploring new study spots all over campus, or gazing dreamily at the scenery. I love that my classes at Amherst are small (I have a language discussion section right now with only six students!) and the professors are very accessible. Fun fact: Amherst has taken over my Instagram; all I am able to post now is pretty views and sunsets. Feel free to email me with any questions at rrock25@amherst.edu!

Ines walking on a outdoor path by some mossy rocks Name: Inés Rossi '25 (she/her/hers)
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown: New York, New York
Prospective Majors
: Latinx and Latin American Studies and Black Studies
Activities on campus
: Amherst Association for Women in STEM (AWIS), Charles Drew Health Professionals Society, and Reproductive Justice Alliance
Hobbies
: taking long walks, solving NYT crosswords, working out, and lying on the floor of Frost (our library!)

Hi everyone! My name is Inés and I’m a sophomore from New York City. I fell in love with Amherst during A2A (our diversity outreach program), and from the striking sunsets behind Johnson Chapel to my amazing community of friends, I couldn’t be happier with my experience so far. The open curriculum has been amazing: the professors are passionate about the subjects they teach, and I can explore a wide range of courses even as a pre-med student. Outside of class, you’ll find me studying in the Science Center’s green comfy chairs, running to the gym in shorts on the coldest winter days, hanging out with my friends on the quad, and sitting on the ground as I try desperately to walk back up to my dorm (which HAS to have the highest elevation on all of Amherst’s campus). Coming from an NYC public school, Amherst has been an amazing change and journey so far, and I’m only just getting started! I love talking about all things Amherst, so if you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out to me at irossi25@amherst.edu!

Caden giving two thumbs up in front of a mountain Name: Caden Stockwell '25 (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Prospective Major
: Political Science and Film & Media Studies
Activities on campus
: Film Club, Philosophy Club, AC Dems, YDSA (Youth Democratic Socialists of America), Senate note-taker, WAHM (Amherst College Radio)
Hobbies
: Film, books, philosophy, music

Hey! My name is Caden and I'm a sophomore from Los Angeles, California! I was drawn to Amherst because of the small community, totally new environment, and open curriculum. I was nervous coming in, but I have had an incredible time here, with some of the best and most memorable experiences of my life. I immediately found myself in such a warm and welcoming community, where I made incredible friends, had the opportunity to participate in fascinating extracurriculars, and learned about things I am truly passionate about at a level I had never been able to before. I can usually be found studying and hanging out with friends in the South Hall common room, or taking walks soaking in the New England beauty, and the snow which I had never seen before coming here and have since fallen in love with. I'm so happy I made the choice I did, and I want to encourage as many people as possible to make the same one.

Victoria smiling and wearing a jean jacket Name: Victoria Thomas '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Prospective Majors
: English and Film & Media Studies
Activities on campus
: Black Student Union, La Causa, Women's Club Soccer
Hobbies
: writing, playing best fiends, collecting things for my future home

Hi everybody! I’m Victoria, I’m from New York, and I’m a prospective double major in English and Film & media studies. Though I’ve only been here a short time, I’ve found a community that I can call a home here. I wanted to come to Amherst because of their open curriculum and inclusive community, which have proven to be my favorite parts of the college. On campus I participate in the Black Student Union, La Causa, and Women’s Club Soccer, and the curriculum has allowed me to explore various academic passions and even introduced me to my newfound interest in media studies. The classes I’ve taken so far have been incredibly engaging and valuable, and I’ve had uplifting experiences with my professors and classmates. Throughout my time here I have felt supported by my peers and have made irreplaceable memories and friendships. If you’d like to hear more about my experience or have any questions, feel free to contact me at vthomas25@amherst.edu!

Nicholas wearing a jacket and tie Name: Nicholas Torres '25 (he/him/his)
Hometown: South Orange, New Jersey
Prospective Majors
: English and Education Studies
Activities on campus
: La Causa, Men's Frisbee
Hobbies
: Eating Val Pizza

Hello, My name is Nick and I’m a sophomore here at Amherst College. I am originally from South Orange, New Jersey. I chose Amherst because of the open curriculum, the diversity of the student body, and the accessibility of opportunities to grow as a student and person. My experiences at the Access To Amherst Program solidified my interest in the college and convinced me to apply Early Decision. Since arriving on campus, Amherst has more than lived up to my expectations. As a prospective English and Education Studies double major, I have found myself taking thought-provoking courses, that have encouraged me to seek out further knowledge in my areas of interest. Outside of the classroom, I have found myself engaging with La Causa, our Hispanic Affinity Group, and playing on the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. In my free time, I enjoy eating Antonio’s Pizza and simply relaxing with my friends in the Appleton Common Room. If you would like to chat about anything Amherst, feel free to reach out to me via email at ntorres25@amherst.edu. Tusks Up !!!

Micah smiling in front of Memorial Hill in winter Name: Micah Valadez Bush '25 (he/him/his)
Hometown: Laguna Hills, California
Prospective Major
: Chemistry
Activities on campus
: Chemistry Anti-Racism Action Committee (CARAC), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Men's Varsity Soccer, Chemistry Research Assistant
Hobbies
: Word games, biking, watching sports, spy movies

Hey! My name is Micah (Mee-ka) and I’m a sophomore from Southern California. I came to Amherst because I wanted flexibility in my academic journey while connecting myself with faculty who are passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Additionally, I’m thrilled to be in a community that seeks to promote societal awareness, positive change, and the celebration of all identities. You’ll probably see me in town finding new restaurants, practicing on Hitchcock or Gooding Field, or nestled somewhere in the science center. In my spare time I love playing Bananagrams, Skribbl.io, Codenames, or any sort of board game (please share your favorites with me!) Amherst truly has lots of opportunities to help you feel supported in your process where you’ll be surrounded by a motivated and diverse student body. If I could be of any help or if you’d just like to talk to an Amherst student, shoot me an email at mvaladezbush25@amherst.edu.

Jerry smiling and wearing a dress shirt Name: Jerry Zhang '25 (he/him/his)
Hometown: Farmington, Connecticut
Prospective Majors
: Chemistry and Economics
Activities on campus
: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), Club Tennis, Club Volleyball, Asian Student Association
Hobbies
: Playing piano, working out, biking, sharing laughs with friends

Hi! My name is Jerry Zhang and I’m from Farmington, Connecticut. What drew me to Amherst was its beautiful campus and open curriculum. Words cannot describe how I felt the first time that I gazed into the distance while sitting on the steps of Memorial Hill. Though I’m a pre-med student, my interests span far and wide; I like economics and would love to study abroad in Spain to progress my studies in Spanish. The open curriculum means that we have no class requirements limiting what we can study, so Amherst is the perfect place to dive into all of my interests. Since arriving on campus, I’ve also fallen in love with the student body here! Everyone is so open, intellectually curious, and fun. It is not uncommon for my friends and I to be talking about something like weightlifting one minute and then pondering the direction of friction of a rolling soda can the next… and then proceeding to spill half the can on a table while testing our predictions. Overall, I love Amherst and hope that you check it out for yourself. Feel free to reach out to me at jhzhang25@amherst.edu if you have any questions!