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. Feel free to email any guide with questions about Amherst.

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Head Tour Guides

Emily Fitts '17 Name: Emily Fitts ‘17
: Providence, RI
Major(s): Psychology and the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science
Activities on campus: Amherst Rowing Association, Reader to Reader, GlobeMed, Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Hobbies: Rowing at the crack of dawn, making dessert waffles in the dining hall, and procrastinating doing work by taking long naps
Favorite question asked on tours: What is your favorite spot on campus?

Hi everyone! My name is Emily, and I’m a senior at Amherst. I’m really passionate about the intersection of public health and psychology, and I love that Amherst allows me to pursue these interests freely through the open curriculum and Five College Consortium. When I’m not participating in one of the activities I outlined above, you can generally find me sitting in Val (the dining hall), laughing with my friends, and eating Kashi Heart to Heart cereal or pesto (but not together). My favorite spot on campus is Memorial Hill, which happens to be where this picture of me was taken. I absolutely love Amherst, and I am very eager to share that love with you. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions at

Andrew Parker '18 Name: Andrew Parker ‘18
Hometown: Denver, CO
Major(s): Biochemistry and Biophysics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), WAMH! Radio, Amherst Political Union
Hobbies: Hiking, Listening to Music, Playing Basketball
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose a liberal arts school if you’re interested in science and medicine?

My name is Andrew Parker and I am a junior from Denver, Colorado. Amherst is a school that felt like my home from the moment I first set foot on campus and that sense of being at a place that I truly belong has continued to this day. One of my favorite things about Amherst is how much opportunity students have to explore their interests and discover new passions while continuing to do things that they have always loved. Before I started my freshman year, I would never have guessed that I would cohost a radio show every week, that the school would be able to help me get an EMT license, or that I would truly enjoy classical music thanks to a class. Because of those opportunities, amazing professors, wonderful peers, a spectacular setting, and and intriguing classes, I’m thankful to be an Amherst student everyday. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at!

Tour Guides—Class of 2017

Hamzah Ahmed '17 Name: Hamzah Ahmed ‘17
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Major(s): Economics and Political Science
On-Campus Activities: Club Rugby, International Students Association, Yoga Club, Consulting
Hobbies: Club Cricket, Powerlifting, Travel, Nadi Astrology, Game of Thrones
Favorite question asked on tours: 1) What is your favorite part about being an at Amherst? 2) So...where are you from?

Hi everyone! My name is Hamzah Ahmed. I was born in Canada, and hopped around a bit after that, having lived in Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and now the USA. I am a senior here at Amherst College, making my return to Western Mass after a year abroad at the London School of Economics. I double major in Economics and Political Science, but even that hasn't stopped me from taking full advantage of the open curriculum (my range of classes extend from 'History of Jazz' to 'The Practice of Art'). At Amherst, I am one of the founding members of the Cricket Club, starting winger on the Rugby Team, play an active role in the International Students Association and work in Fayerweather Hall as an art gallery docent. Please feel free to shoot over any questions ( and I look forward to seeing you around!

Liam Fine '17 Name: Liam Fine ‘17
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
Major(s): Economics and Political Science
On-Campus Activities: President of the Amherst Political Union, A Member of Amherst Hillel Executive Board, Captain of the Men's Golf Team, and a member of the Investment Club
Hobbies: Hiking, fishing, skiing, and squash
Favorite question asked on tours: Do all dorms look like this? (after seeing a room in Charles Pratt)

Since 8th grade, I knew I wanted to go to Amherst. Its size, academic rigor, quality professors, as well as its social, extracurricular, and athletic climate were all crucial factors in my decision to attend Amherst. Picking a favorite class or professor is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child; however, I can point to two particular courses that I will remember for my entire life. The first course, Post Cold War US Diplomacy, was co-taught by two of Amherst’s most esteemed professors, Gordon Levin and Pavel Machala. The material was beyond fascinating, my fifteen classmates were always prepared for discussion and eager to share their thoughts, and the interplay between Professor Machala and Professor Levin exposed me to various points of view that I never would have experienced had it not been for this class. The second course, Personality and International Politics, focused on Gorbachev and the collapse of the USSR. In addition to the intriguing curriculum, this course was truly unique in that every week, our discussions were led by Professor William Taubman, a Pulitzer-prize winner, who invited my ten classmates and me to his house for pizza on the last day of class. Beyond academics, I was blown away by how easy it is to get involved on campus. Having come from a small high school, it was important for me to be able to engage in my college community, and my extracurricular experiences have enabled me to learn from my peers outside the classroom. Socially, Amherst cultivates a strong sense of community, and its size, diversity, and open curriculum allow students to engage with one another and excel across the board.

Tess Frenzel '17 Name: Tess Frenzel ‘17
Hometown: Chatham, NJ
Major(s): Political Science, Spanish, and the Five College Certificate in International Relations
Activities on Campus: Women's Varsity Cross Country and Track, Amherst Political Union, Amherst Yoga Club, Student Health Educator
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, reading, and yoga
Favorite question asked on tours: What was one of your favorite classes at Amherst?

Hey guys! I’m Tess, a senior studying Political Science and Spanish at Amherst College. I was born in Lima, Peru but I grew up in Chatham, New Jersey. The big thing that drew me to Amherst was its open curriculum and its awesome students. Having an open curriculum has given me the opportunity to explore so many different types of classes, and the professors here are all incredibly dedicated and passionate about their subjects. The student body is also crazy diverse and I’ve met more wonderful people than I can count. I've also fallen in love with Massachusetts while I’ve been here. The fall is incredible and the entire campus looks like something from a fairy tale. I hope you have a great visit while you’re here and love the school as much as I do!

Kevin Goldberg '17 Name: Kevin Goldberg ‘17
Hometown: Medford, NJ
Major(s): Mathematics and French
On-Campus Activities: Ultimate Frisbee, Jazz @ Amherst
Hobbies: Playing basketball, video games, and eating donuts
Favorite question asked on tours: What's the deal with the ‘open curriculum’?

What's up everyone!? My name is Kevin Goldberg and and I am a Mathematics and French major from Medford, NJ. At Amherst, I play trumpet in the school's jazz ensembles and I also work in the Mead Art Museum on campus. I also play for Amherst College's DIII Ultimate Frisbee team, The Army of Darkness! During the fall of my junior year, I spent the semester abroad in Paris where I worked on my French. Before that, during my sophomore year, I lived in the Marsh Arts theme house with a bunch of other talented artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, etc. where we put on our open-mic - titled "Coffee Haus" - every other Friday for the entire campus to enjoy! I love listening to jazz, playing video games and eating donuts (from Amherst's own Glazed, of course). Shoot me an email at if you're interested in any of these things or if you have any questions at all!

Alexandra Grisanti '17 Name: Noël Grisanti ‘17
Hometown: New York, NY
Major(s): Classics
On-Campus Activities: Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, The Sabrinas
Hobbies: Reading, running, singing, crosswords
Favorite question asked on tours: It's cliché, but tried and true: "why did you choose Amherst?"

My last three years at Amherst have thrilled and challenged me in ways I never anticipated. Going into college, I knew of Amherst’s great reputation academically and I knew that it was a beautiful school in a gorgeous natural setting. What I didn’t know was the incredible community I would become a part of—including my classmates, professors, administration and staff—and how much that community would help me grow every single day. I learn as much in the dining hall as I do inside the classroom; I may be biased but I'm convinced my friends are some of the smartest, funniest, kindest people in the world. I love being a tour guide because I get to help share some of the love I feel for this place and these people with others every week.

Elaine Jeon '17 Name: Elaine Jeon ‘17
Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Major(s): Economics
On-Campus Activities: Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Chamber Music, Office of Communications
Hobby: Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: What is Ultimate Frisbee?

Hi! I'm a senior Economics major from a town outside of Seattle, but I'm also an international student from South Korea. I know, it confuses me too. Though I'm an econ major, I always think of myself as an "undercover econ major" since I've taken courses in 13 different departments -- and the open curriculum naturally became my favorite part about the Amherst experience. Outside of the classroom, I spend lots of time captaining the women's Ultimate Frisbee team with my two best friends. Also, I've played the violin for 17 years and have luckily been able to continue my musical endeavors on campus. And I've been heavily involved in the Amherst Student, the Beneski Museum of Natural History, and the Economics department. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with questions ( whether it be about club sports, music, or my favorite Val meal!

Janna Joassainte '17 Name: Janna Amira Joassainte ‘17
Hometown: Queens, NY
Major(s): Mathematics
Activities on campus: Black Student Union, Dance and Step At Amherst College, DBJ Dance Crew, Student Photographer, Math Grader
Hobbies: Taking Photographs, Listening to Music, Playing Sports (pretty much anything)
Favorite question asked on tours: My favorite question: "What made you decided to leave New York City for Amherst in Western Mass?" Second favorite question: "What was your biggest fear entering college?" Third favorite: "What legacy do you wish to leave at Amherst?"

My name is Janna Joassainte and I hail from the greatest borough of New York City, Queens! I am senior and absolutely excited for my final year of college. This past fall, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, improving my Spanish and my confidence. My true academic passion is Mathematics, and my love for the department is known on campus. I have a convincing argument to convince others of this passion. If I am not in class, I am working on becoming a better dancer, whether it be through random freestyles to music or actually putting together choreography. Either way, it challenges me to discover new ways to move my body through space. If I am not in conversation with my friends spilling a few jokes or sharing knowledge, I sing along to whatever music is in my ears. People also spot me on campus taking photos of the latest school events and highly anticipated Amherst vs. Williams games (GO HERST!). My aspirations after college are to pursue a career in law and become a Supreme Court Justice of the United States of America. Keep your head high and dream big because massive opportunities await!

Terry Lee '17 Name: Terry Lee ‘17
Hometown: Calgary, Canada
Major(s): Interdisciplinary and Political Science
On-Campus Activities: TEDx, Political Union, Ed Pros, Research Assistant
Hobbies: Tennis, Volleyball, Card Games
Favorite Question Asked on Tours: What's your favorite kind of Antonio's Pizza?

Hi! There are so many things I love about Amherst -- our open curriculum, our professors and staff, but most of all, other Amherst students. I think Amherst can be a place for everybody, a place where you will grow and develop intellectually and personally, while making some friends for life. The open curriculum and tight-knit community initially drew me to Amherst, and I can’t imagine not having either of these as part of my college experience after three years here. While pursuing my Interdisciplinary and Political Science majors, I’ve been able to form my own major, take classes in seven different departments, and travel across the country and abroad. But besides academics, I’ve enjoyed Amherst because of my peers – they’re some of the most down-to-earth, smart, engaging, and funny people I know. Hope to see you on campus soon! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at!

Caitlin Merrell '17 Name: Caitlin Merrell ‘17
Hometown: New York, NY
Major(s): Mathematics and the History of Art
Activities on campus: Amherst Women's Squash, Athletic Team Engagement Leadership program member
Hobbies: Teaching my friends to play squash, Skiing, Yoga
Favorite question asked on tours: Coming from New York City, how do you like living in a small town in Western Massachusetts?

I am a senior from Manhattan, and in my last year I am determined to take advantage of the beauty that surrounds the campus and the kindness and intelligence of everyone in the Amherst community. I am double majoring in Math and Art History, and I hope to work at an Art Tech company in the future. I had the privilege of studying Art History through an Amherst approved program in Rome last year, which was one of the most amazing experiences and also made me appreciate Amherst even more! Outside of the classroom, I am a member of the Women's Squash team and am part of the Athletic Team Engagement Leadership (ATEL) Program. Being part of both of these groups has allowed me to bond with a great group of driven girls, and direct some of our enthusiasm towards the Amherst town community. I also love doing yoga on campus when I can! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at

Jeremy Paula Name: Jeremy Paula ‘17
Hometown: New York, NY
Major(s): Psychology and Sociology
Activities on Campus: Senator for Student Government, Residential Counselor, Student Health Educator, Research Assistant for Sociology Professor
Hobbies: Long distance running and origami

My family originally migrated from the Dominican Republic in the 1980s. I was born and raised in New York City so I grew up in Washington Heights, a predominately working class Dominican neighborhood. I attended public school in my neighborhood and then went to a charter school later. In middle school, I was accepted into a program called Prep for Prep, a program that helps place high achieving students of color into private day and boarding schools. Therefore, I was able to attend the Hotchkiss School in rural, northwestern Connecticut. It was a small school of about 600 students with a gorgeous campus and great educators. I learned there that I would also benefit from a small school for college because I felt that I would learn and develop there in a way that I would not had I gone to a larger school. At Amherst I have been able to not only learn from intelligent faculty but also from brilliant students. I have also been able to grow as a person and take away more from my experiences. As a senior now I working on a thesis in Sociology around the formation of Latino identity. I am also looking to apply to jobs in the public sector either in NGOs or government.

Jamie Sandel '17 Name: Jamie Sandel ‘17
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD ("I'm from Washington, DC.")
Major(s): Music
Activities on campus: Jazz combo, Jazz e-board, WAMH Radio, Green Amherst Project, Music Dept. internship; previously, Varsity Track & Field
Hobbies: Composing and playing music, gaming, running, activism
Favorite question asked on tours: What kind of student SHOULDN'T go to Amherst?

What’s up, Amherst prospie? I'm Jamie, a senior Music major at Amherst. I play and write music of many sorts, and I listen to music of even more sorts. I'm a total liberal arts wonk and have been given some incredible opportunities by Amherst to better myself as a thinker and musician. I can tell you're someone I'd love to talk to about my school (call it intuition) so please shoot me an email and I'll do my best to answer any questions you might have.

Gabriella Selover '17 Name: Gabriella Selover ‘17
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major(s): Chemistry and Psychology
Activities on campus: Director, Voices of the Class, an ensemble show performed during orientation; Soprano, the DQ (our co-ed secular acapella group); Member, Student Housing Advisory Committee; Member, Amherst Dance.
Hobbies: Musical theater, photography
Favorite question asked on tours: How are science classes at Amherst?

Hi guys! My name is Gabriella and I am a junior here at Amherst College. I love to sing (acapella, opera and most of all, musical theater) and perform in any capacity. Other than that, I love to hike and spend time with my friends. I originally chose Amherst because of the small class sizes and ability to have fantastic relationships with professors, which is true beyond even how I imagined it. However, I have come to realize that my favorite thing about Amherst College is the people who make it their home. Each person is so talented, and each has their own opinion to share and story to tell. The students here are truly amazing and I have made life-long friends here. As far as classes go, my favorites have been my introductory chemistry and calculus classes, which comes as a surprising answer, even for me. However, amazing professors, Professor Jaswal and Professor Benedetto, made these seemingly troublesome classes fantastic. From hundreds of office hours filled with candy, to having us over to their homes and bonding us to be a “team” of learners these professors went above and beyond to make a collaborative learning environment, and it paid off. And experiences like these with professors are not uncommon here at Amherst. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions about Amherst, or college in general!

Mitchell Skiles '17 Name: Mitch Skiles ‘17
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Major(s): Mathematics, Philosophy, and Computer Science
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Dance, Philosophy Club, Tutor
Hobbies: Watching films, playing guitar, reading, skiing
Favorite question asked on tours: What is there to do around Amherst?

I'm Mitch, fourth year studying mathematics, philosophy, and computer science who loves thinking about dance, art, literature, and religion. Returning from a full year abroad in the UK I'm excited to spend my last year back in Amherst which has very much become a home to me. Amherst is such a warm place (figuratively speaking...for anyone who has experienced a Massachusetts winter) full of amazing people constantly challenging one another both intellectually and individually. When not studying and reading you'll find me going on walks through the wildlife preserve, chatting about philosophy with friends, or headed to Amherst Cinema to watch the latest indie film. Feel free to email me with any questions about Amherst or studying abroad!

Sarah Smith '17 Name: Sarah Smith ‘17
Hometown: Winchester, MA
Major(s): Spanish and Sociology
On-Campus Activities: The Sabrinas (all-female a capella group), Choral Society, research assistant, volunteer in local elementary schools, Zumba
Hobbies: Playing guitar, doing puzzles, snuggling with my puppy
Favorite question asked on tours: Why Amherst?

Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Smith and I’m a senior here at Amherst. I am originally from Winchester, MA — a small town just outside of Boston — so Amherst is only a mere hour and 45-minute drive from my house. I am a Spanish and Sociology double major, and last fall I spent an incredible semester abroad in Toledo, Spain. Aside from academics and giving tours, I am a passionate performer in both The Sabrinas (one of our all-female a cappella groups) and Concert Choir (one of a few groups in the Amherst College Choral Society). I also volunteer in one of our local elementary schools, helping out with 1st-3rd grade music classes. In addition, I have had the pleasure of working as a research assistant in the LJST (Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought) department…one of the perks of Amherst is that I’m able to do research in something that is totally separate from my majors. When I’m not doing any of those things, you will probably find me playing guitar, doing a crossword puzzle, or eating a massive box of M&M cookies from our beloved Sugar Jones. I’d love to talk to you about anything— Amherst-related or not! Email me at anytime!

Katie Ventre '17 Name: Katie Ventre ‘17
Hometown: Cumberland Foreside, ME
Major(s): Biochemistry and Biophysics
Activities on Campus: Crew, Intramural Volleyball Coordinator, Biochemistry Lab Research Assistant
Hobbies: (Winning) overly competitive card games, creating the ultimate post-practice dessert waffle, attempting the New York Times crossword (free in Val!), and wearing flannels
Favorite question asked on tours: How cold does it get?! (Followed closely by "How many hours of sleep did you get last night?," asked by a very smart mother.)

Hi! My name is Katie Ventre, and I’m a senior from Cumberland, Maine. I’m a Biochemistry and Biophysics major (yes that is all one thing!) and on the pre-med track. I'm frequently asked about the quality of a scientific education at a small liberal arts college like Amherst, and my answer is always the same: coming to Amherst has given me more opportunities, both in my field and outside of it, than I would have had at a large research university. I know this both from the biology classes I took during my semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh (an experience I probably would not have been able to have at all in many other biochemistry programs), and anecdotes from my friends from home, one of whom attends an extremely prestigious research university but was told as a junior he didn't have enough experience to even feed the flies in the biology labs. Me? I walked into my protein folding lab sophomore year with no research experience, having sent my professor just one email, and haven't looked back. (If your parents are still not convinced, you can tell them I've been employed post-grad since July. That one usually works for the particularly skeptical.) All jokes aside, if you have any questions about being a science major (research or pre-med) at a small liberal arts college, the lab student-athlete experience, or general life at Amherst, please feel free to send me an email at Hope to see you on campus!

Tour Guides—Class of 2018

Michael Barnett '18 Name: Michael Barnett ‘18
Hometown: Davidson, NC
Major(s): Mathematics
Activities on campus: Extracurricularly, I'm a member of The Green Room (Amherst College's student-run theater group), Theatrical Choreography Club (stage combat), Pride, and the Amherst United Left. I work as a fellow (or TA) and a grader for the Math Department, aside from being a tour guide.
Hobbies: I really enjoy theater, so I do a lot of it extracurricularly. I also enjoy reading and playing board games.
Favorite question asked on tours: Can I bring my pet iguana?

Hi! My name is Michael Barnett, and I'm a junior here on campus. I love theater and math, which you might think is odd because they are so different. However, I think there's a beauty to the concrete structure of mathematics and the abstract creativity of theater. That's one of the reasons I chose to come to Amherst College: the open curriculum allows me to take a wide variety of subjects in depth. At Amherst, I am able to take advanced courses in both the theater and mathematics departments, while still having many courses to spend on a variety of different interests. Amherst was also my school of choice because of its beautiful campus (just wait until you see Memorial Hill in the fall!) and because of its rigorous academics. If you have any questions about Amherst, please do not hesitate to let me know at!

Darya Bor '18 Name: Darya Bor ‘18
Major(s): Film and Media Studies
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
On-Campus Activities: Salsa, Ballroom & Swing Club, Team Mead, Russian House President, founder of the Audio-Visual Dialogue, TEDx, Career Center connoisseur, 5 College Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Circus Magazine managing editor
Hobbies: Making art, dancing, hiking, just-enough-analyzing media
Favorite question asked on tours: What are the winters like?

Hey there Prospie! My name's Darya, and I'm a Belorussian gal, raised in Arizona and going to college in New England. I chose Amherst for its academically active culture, for its vibrant student body and enthusiastic professors. I hope to introduce you to these joys. I ardently love the variety of classes I take and enjoy my constant switch from analytical logic to moving art - and the intersections of the two. Whenever I am not working on campus projects, I am creating and consuming media, usually from my lovely room in the Russian House, Porter 2nd floor. Amherst offers such amazing opportunities and I cannot wait to introduce you to them (as well as the tasty caffeine from our gracious town coffeeshops). I'm absolutely and completely happy to answer any questions that you have - simply email me at!

Matthew Chow '18 Name: Matthew Chow ‘18
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Major(s): English and Economics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Christian Fellowship, Terras Irradient (Amherst's Christian a capella group), Amherst Symphony Orchestra, photographer for The Amherst Student
Hobbies: In my spare time, I delight in snapping photos of my beautiful friends and beautiful campus, practicing some Bach on the violin, tinkering with Photoshop, and rooting for my hero, Steph Curry.
Favorite question asked on tours: What's the best breakfast you've eaten here?

Hello! I'm Matthew, and I'm a junior at Amherst, originally hailing from the sunny lands of Silicon Valley in California. At school, I'm heavily invested in the Christian and music communities (and love exploring intersections of the two). Besides guiding tours, I'm heavily invested in Amherst Christian Fellowship, and I serve both as concertmaster of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and as a director of Terras Irradient, Amherst College's Christian a capella group. These spaces have blessed me with opportunities to grow, in my music-making, in my discovery of myself, in my relationships with friends and mentors, and in my walk with the Lord. My email is - I'm more than happy to chat and answer questions, be they about specific Amherst communities, favorite English professors, or my thoughts on the new Golden State Warriors super team. Look forward to speaking with you!

Dakota Foster '18

Name: Dakota Foster ‘18
Hometown: Brunswick, ME
Major(s): Political Science and Asian Languages and Civilizations
On-Campus Activities: Women's Lacrosse Team, Amherst Political Union Executive Board, Research Assistant in the Political Science Department, Women's Lacrosse Athletics Team Engagement Leader (ATEL), Amherst LEADs
Hobbies: Running, hiking, canoeing, reading, watching good TV, politics
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst over Williams?

I chose Amherst because of the people and the high academic caliber. Over my time here, my reasons for coming to Amherst have been reaffirmed; every day I meet fascinating new people and have great discussions inside and outside of the classroom. I have greatly enjoyed the humanities and the open curriculum, which has allowed me to explore diverse academic interests. I've also been consistently amazed by the incredible student-faculty relationship that exists here; as a freshman I never thought that I would work as a research assistant, design an independent course, or go to a professor's house for dinner. Half-way through my Amherst experience I can say that I've done all three. I think it is very important to engage with the community beyond the classroom. I've tried to do that in various ways as an RC, as a Peer Diversity Educator at the MRC, and as an athlete on the women's lacrosse team. In my free time, you'll find me reading, working out, or cheering the Patriots to victory. Please feel free to contact me with questions about Amherst.

Krista Goebel '17 Name: Krista Goebel ‘18
Hometown: Abington, PA
Major(s): Psychology
On-Campus Activities: The Sabrinas (one of two all-female a cappella groups on campus), Newman Club (Catholic community on campus), Research Assistant for Psychology Department, Itsy Bitsy Spikers (Intramural Volleyball Champs '16)
Hobbies: Singing, playing flute, reading poetry, drawing and painting, and chit chatting away
Favorite question asked on tours: What activities are there for non-athletes to get involved in?

Hi! I’m Krista, and I’m a junior at Amherst College. I'm from Abington, Pennsylvania, a suburb just outside of Philadelphia, where I enjoy soft pretzels and cheesesteaks that simply aren’t made the same anywhere else. What I love most is communicating with and better understanding people, and I have been fortunate enough to pursue this passion not only in Psychology but across many different areas of study, including English, Sociology, Philosophy, LJST, SWAGS, and Black Studies. As someone who came to Amherst completely undecided in major, I deeply appreciated Amherst's open curriculum and the opportunity to take courses in so many different departments. What drew me to Amherst in the first place was its stellar academics coupled with its vibrant music program, since I had always been very involved in music and wanted to continue high musical performance in college. What I love about Amherst is that, yes, it has everything I was hoping for in its Music Department and then some, but as I grow and change in ways I never could have anticipated, Amherst has every resource necessary to support and facilitate my growth. Please feel free to email me anytime at so I can do one of the things I enjoy most--chit chatting about my amazing school.

Ben Greene '18 Name: Ben Greene ‘18
Hometown: New York, NY
Major(s): Political Science and Spanish
On-Campus Activities: APU E-Board Member, Vela Scholar Tutor, Men's Rugby
Hobbies: Watching baseball (New York Mets), Reading the newspaper, Eating new food
Favorite question asked on tours: How do you survive the snow?

Hi! I'm Ben Greene and a junior here at Amherst College. I'm from New York City and I am also a member of the Amherst Political Union and Amherst Club Rugby team on campus. I chose to attend Amherst because of the College's open curriculum and beautiful New England campus. I love the wide range of classes offered at Amherst and the tight-knit faculty-student relationships cultivated on campus. In my spare time, I am huge fan of the New York Mets and most things sports. I also love working with kids and I tutor students at the Amherst Regional Middle School as a part of the Vela Scholars Program. I look forward to seeing you here at Amherst and don't hesitate to ask me any questions at!!!

Hannah Hackley '18 Name: Hannah Hackley ‘18
Hometown: Westford, MA
Major(s): English and Psychology
Activities on campus: Member of Amherst Women's Basketball Team, Two-Year Orientation Leader, ATEL representative "Athletic Team Engagement Leader," Tutor at ABC House in Amherst ("A Better Chance" program for at-risk male student of color)
Hobbies: Basketball, Drawing, Frequent Chipotle runs, Working on Community Engagement Projects
Favorite question asked on tours: Tell us about your open curriculum? IT ROCKS. Too easy. It is perfect for people, like me, who have no idea what they want to do. I have been able to take classes in 8 different major departments!

I come from a high school of 1800 students in MA. My original worry coming to Amherst was that the size would not be much of a change or new experience from my past schooling. I couldn't be more wrong about my apprehensiveness of the school's size. Its close knit community and support structure has become one of my favorite things at Amherst College. At my basketball games I see my professors and career center staff who have brought their families to cheer us on. I am able to meet my professors for office hours right in town for coffee, or within ten minutes of notifying them because they all live so centralized to Amherst campus and are constantly readily available to spend time with students. My best friends baby sit and house sit for various professors throughout the school year and summer alike. Our faculty and staff are incredibly invested in students and genuinely want everyone to succeed. Moreover, they take the time to progress students and bring out the best in us. The elite attention and one on one time with professionals at Amherst is unlike any other place. 

Lily Johnson '18 Name: Lily Johnson ‘18
Hometown: Lausanne, Switzerland
Major(s): Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
On-Campus Activities: ABC House Tutor, WAMH 89.3 Radio DJ, Women's Basketball, HerCampus Amherst contributing writer, LJST Office Assistant, Note Taker for Disabilities Services
Hobby: Cheering the loudest at Amherst Women's Basketball games

Although I am an American citizen, I have lived abroad my whole life and have spent the most significant time in Switzerland. Yet, I consider Amherst, Massachusetts to be my home. I originally came to Amherst as a a member of the Women's Basketball Team. However, numerous serious injuries and three surgeries later, I now spend my time as a tour guide, working in the LJST department office, writing for HerCampus Amherst, working for the Disabilities Services Office, tutoring at the ABC House in town, and cheering as loudly as I can for our nationally ranked women's basketball team. The people at Amherst: from my professors, to my friends, to my first year dorm custodian, have supported me and taught me invaluable lessons over my past two years at Amherst, and I can’t wait for what’s in store for the next two! Would love to answer any more questions about Amherst, so feel free to reach me at

Andrew Kim '18 Name: Andrew (Dong Ho) Kim ‘18
Hometown: Mukilteo, WA
Major(s): History and Mathematics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Glee Club, Amherst College Jazz Combo, Amherst College Law Review, Amherst Christian Fellowship, Korean Student Association
Hobbies: Listening to jazz, taking long walks on the beach, reading, playing basketball, watching old Hollywood movies
Favorite question asked on tours: "Who is that guy over there?" (points at the Robert Frost statue)

My name is Andrew Kim, and I’m from Mukilteo, WA, a beautiful port city located in the suburbs of Seattle. I am currently a junior at Amherst College studying math and history, and I eventually plan on writing a senior thesis focused on 20th century American history. Aside from guiding tours, I sing for the Amherst College Glee Club, play piano for Amherst's student-run jazz combo "Twins" and split my time between Amherst Christian Fellowship and Korean Student Association. If I'm not doing schoolwork or extracurricular activities, I'm probably watching a Seahawks game or indulging myself in Audrey Hepburn movies. You can reach me at for any questions. Excited to see you all on campus!

Joon Kim '18 Name: Joon Kim ‘18
Hometown(s): Palo Alto, CA and Seoul, South Korea
Major(s): History and Mathematics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), Asian Students Association, Amherst College Law Review
Hobby: Eating at Val
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite Val menu item?

Welcome to Amherst! My name's Joon and I'm a Junior at Amherst. I grew up in both Northern California and Seoul, South Korea. My interests are as diverse as my activities on campus, but I want to highlight my favorite Val menu items: the Shrimp Po Boy sandwiches, the Buffalo Chicken Wraps, Val Burger Wraps, double cheeseburgers, waffle fries, and the steak.

Siena Koh '18 Name: Siena Koh ‘18
Hometown: Old Bethpage, NY
Major(s): Interdisciplinary and French
Activities on campus: Social Project Work Group (Branches), Jazz Combo, Student Wellness Team, AC BEAT Music Publication, Asian Student Association
Hobbies: Travel, Food, Music (piano & singing), Val-Sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Where should we eat after this tour? (Johnny’s)

Hi! My name is Siena. I’m a junior pursuing a major in French and Interdisciplinary (with a concentration in Econ), but I have taken a broad range of courses from various departments. I’m planning to study abroad in France in the Spring of 2017. Some of my favorite things here include: the stunning fall foliage in October, the blossoming trees behind Johnson Chapel in April, the open curriculum, and Homecoming. Some of my dislikes: the merciless cold of Western Mass winter, and not having my spirit animal (dog) with me at school. Outside of class, I like to play music/perform with friends, indulge in fine food and drinks, and lounge outside on the quads/Greenway decks.

Jennifer Mackinnon Krems ' 18 Name: Jennifer Mackinnon Krems ‘18
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Major(s): Economics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical System Emergency Medical Technician, Special Olympics Volunteer, Craig's Doors/Homeless Connect, Outing Club, Yoga Club
Hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, swimming, art and playing games
Favorite question asked on tours: What activities are there to do in the outdoors?

I am a pre-medical student interested in Public Health and Economics. I love the outdoors and luckily, am immersed by it here at Amherst! I feel very fortunate to have the flexibility to be a pre-medical student majoring in a social science who can also study abroad! Amherst has encouraged me to embrace a well-rounded education and lifestyle. If you have any questions at all, please email me at! I would love to chat!

Sophie Lichter '18 Name: Sophie Isabel Lichter ‘18
Hometown: Cologne, Germany
Major(s): Political Science with an International Relations Certificate
Activities on campus: Research, TWLOHA, Political Union, Working at Admissions & At the Mead Art Museum
Hobbies: Watching Documentaries & Netflix, Reading Newspapers, Biking
Favorite question asked on tours: What is unique to Amherst (students)? What is your favorite thing about being here?

Hi everyone! My name is Sophie and I am an international student from Germany in pursuit of understanding this world and the people in it. Besides Germany, I have visited/lived in many other countries, so I follow the idea that home is where my heart is. And right now, that place is Amherst! So far, I have loved my classes, my professors, and the incredible people I’ve gotten to meet on this campus. My first year was one of big transformations, and after initially pursuing a career in psychology, I am now drifting toward International Relations. This semester I am taking advantage of the 5 colleges by doing PoliSci research at UMass, just a 7-minute bike ride away. Being a tour guide gives me the opportunity to meet potential new students and tell all my favorite stories about Amherst. Please email me at if you have any questions at all. I'd love to answer them.

Eleanor Politi '18 Name: Ellie Politi ‘18
Hometown: Rockland, NY (Bergen County, NJ)
Major(s): Economics and French
Activities on campus: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, literally just studying all the time.
Hobbies: Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: What are the advantages of a small, liberal arts college as opposed to a large, research university?

My name is Ellie, and I am a junior at Amherst. I'm from the New York metropolitan area. I am a double major in Econ and French. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have (

Noor Qasim '18 Name: Noor Qasim ‘18
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Major(s): English
On-Campus Activities: Mr. Gad's House of Improv, Theater and Dance, AC Voice, Marsh Arts Haus, Green Amherst Project
Hobbies: Reading, Napping, Having a good time
Favorite question asked on tours: What is your favorite thing about Amherst?

Hey everybody! I love Amherst and am always excited to help you decide if its the right place for you. Shoot me an email! I'd love to answer any and all questions about why I chose Amherst and what it's like to be a student here.

Ben Rotner '18 Name: Ben Rotner ‘18
Hometown: Swampscott, MA
Major(s): Economics and Spanish
Activities on campus: Men's Club Soccer, Sailing Team, Outing Club, Consulting Club
Hobbies: Scuba diving, Skiing, and Soccer
Favorite question asked on tours: "Do all dorms look like this?" (after seeing a double in Charles Pratt)

Hi! My name is Ben. I'm a junior studying to major in both Economics and Spanish, but I have taken classes in 10 different departments! I am a co-captain of the Men's Club Soccer team as well as being a member of the Outing Club and the Sailing team. When I am not playing sports, studying or giving tours I love to hang out with my friends, practice my Spanish, or find random fun things to do on campus. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at I hope you come to love Amherst as much as I do!

Sophia Salazar '18 Name: Sophia Salazar ‘18
Hometown: Carson, CA
Major(s): Political Science and Sociology
Activities on campus: WAMH Radio, The Amherst Student (writing/photography)
Hobbies: Journaling, jogging the Norwottuck Trail, discovering new music, and trying local food in the Pioneer Valley
Favorite question asked on tours: Do you recommend any good spots to eat around here?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior from Southern California. I "discovered" Amherst as a high school senior while attending Amherst's Diversity Open House (DIVOH) fly-in program. I instantly fell in love with Amherst's small classes and its gorgeous New England fall scenery on my visit, and was ready to pack my bags for the East Coast upon getting accepted. Now, in addition to being a tour guide, I work as a Diversity Intern for the Admission Office, and help put on programs and events for new prospective students (including DIVOH). I am studying abroad this year at the University of Oxford, so unfortunately we won't get a chance to meet on a tour. However, I love chatting with prospective students, so feel free to contact me via email at!

Frank Tavares '18 Name: Frank Tavares ‘18
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major(s): English and Astronomy
On-Campus Activities: AC Voice, Amherst College Musical, Model UN
Hobbies: Creative Writing, Reading Comics, Doing Theater, Playing Dungeons and Dragons
Favorite question asked on tours: Where do you think Amherst could improve?

Hello! I'm Frank, an English and Astronomy double major who grew up in San Diego, CA. Before coming to Amherst, I lived in Brasilia, Brazil for four years and New Delhi, India for one year. What I find most exciting about Amherst is the ability to study in vastly different fields, and the excitement of finding connections between those differing fields, something celebrated here. I've conducted Astronomy research on campus as a part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, and this past summer worked at the NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, AL. In my free time, I'll be participating in Amherst's extracurricular theater scene, working on creative writing projects, or writing for AC Voice, an online student blog. If you have questions about coming in as an international student, the English or Astronomy programs, SURF, theater on campus, student journalism, or anything else, shoot me an email at!

Juan Valdes '18 Name: Juan E. Valdes ‘18
Hometown: Miami, FL
Major(s): History and Philosophy
Activities on campus: Rugby, Amherst Political Union, La Causa, La Casa
Hobbies: Going into town and getting doughnuts and then feeling guilty. 
Favorite question asked on tours: If you could go back in time, would you have chosen Amherst again?

I am a transfer student from a college in Miami so I can compare the two. Amherst is definitely a college that will challenge you, help you grow, and then overwhelm you with opportunity. The professors here are among the best in their respective fields but are also very dedicated to each of their students thanks to the small class size. Socially speaking I have made great friends playing Rugby, debating with peers in the Amherst Political Union, and engaging in dialogue about what it means to be a minority on campus in La Causa. Amherst has welcoming place for people of all walks of life, and it would be my honor to show you around. If you have any questions feel free to email me at

Mateo Weisner '18 Name: Mateo Wiesner ‘18
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Major(s): Psychology
Activities on campus: Golf Team, Investment Club, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Orientation Leader
Hobbies: Intramural Sports, Chess, Watching Movies
Favorite question asked on tours: Why Amherst?

I chose Amherst because of the people that I met when I overnighted as an admitted student. The amount of diversity and interesting stories that I have seen and heard in my time here has been astounding. That being said, I am passionate about spending time learning about new cultures and meeting new personalities. While I love the sports that I play and the activities that I am currently involved in, what I enjoy most is talking to people whose interests differ from mine. My favorite class so far has been USSR During the Cold War, with Professor Glebov. The way that the course was taught, with a mix between lecturing and dialogue about the readings that we had done for that day, made the class atmosphere exciting and interactive. I learned a lot not just from the teacher, but from other students who were able to piece together the lectures and the readings to raise thoughtful questions on the subject matter.

Mei Zhou '18 Name: Mei Zhou ‘18
Hometown: Nampa, ID
Major(s): Asian Languages and Civilizations
On-Campus Activities: Anime Club, El Arco Iris (tutoring), Ushering
Hobbies: Sewing and crafting
Favorite question asked on tours: How are the professors at Amherst? Do students get to spend time with them?

Hi everyone! My name is Mei, and I was born in China but raised in Idaho, and I absolutely love every day I've spent at Amherst! I'm currently studying Japanese and aiming to double up in Computer Science, but I've taken classes in many different departments from Theater to LJST to American Studies. (The open curriculum here is wonderful!) During my free time, I love attending all the different events on campus like concerts and cooking nights. (If you ask me about student life during a tour, I promise to make you jealous with stories!) This semester I'm actually super fortunate to be studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Doshisha University, so while I will not be meeting any of the lovely prospective students visiting this fall, I look forward to sharing all my adventures with you when I return in the spring!

 Tour Guides—Class of 2019

Jana Barber '19 Name: Jana Barber ‘19
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Potential Major(s): Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought and French
Activities on campus: Amherst College Rowing Association, Women's Choir
Hobbies: Binge Watch Shonda Rhimes TGIT and zip-lining
Favorite question asked on tours: Do you have really good calves from walking backwards?

Hey! My name is Jana Barber and I’m a sophomore from Oak Park, IL, which is right outside of Chicago. I plan to major in French and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. When I’m not hanging on the quad or studying with my friends in my favorite place, Frost library, you can find me at one of the practices for the crew team or rehearsals for Women’s Choir. So far my Amherst experience has been incredible; I love how the open curriculum has allowed me to take advantage of the humanities courses while avoiding the math and sciences, at least for now! I look forward to meeting you all on my tours and showing you the amazing experience Amherst can be!

Helena Burgueno '19 Name: Helena Burgueño ‘19
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Major(s): Film and Media Studies and Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Special Olympics, La Causa, Intramural Volleyball, Badminton, Swing and Ballroom Dance
Hobbies: DIYing things I am too cheap to buy, cooking, repeating stories to people without realizing, playing cards with my grandpa
Favorite question asked on tours: Will I get toned calves from walking up and down all these hills??

When I came to Amherst College, I was 100% prepared to be the kid who couldn’t stop sobbing after their parents pulled out of the parking lot. I certainly would never have expected that, on my first night here, I would hug my parents goodbye and then end up happily busting out my sweetest dance moves on the Val Quad with people who are still some of my closest friends to this day. I came to Amherst because I loved the idea of being able to craft my own education through the Open Curriculum, because the view at Memorial Hill never gets old, and because I wanted to be a member of the Five College community (the fact that purple is my favorite color was just an added bonus). While I was right about all of that, I realized that I would be happy staying at Amherst for other reasons: the professors and staff who go out of their way to get to know us, the students who never cease to amaze me, the infinite supply of roasted sweet potatoes at Val. I was truly surprised by how quickly I grew to love Amherst College, and as a tour guide, I want to share this with you! This may all seem a little cheesy, but it’s true (speaking of cheese, check out Grilled Cheese Day at Val and thank me later). Please feel free to send any questions to And, just for the record, I haven’t cried once since I’ve been here – except that one time when I was watching the end of Forrest Gump.

James Flatow '19 Name: James Flatow ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
Major(s): Psychology
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services, The Indicator
Hobbies: Watching baseball, playing guitar
Favorite question asked on tours: What's it like to be pre-med at a small, liberal arts college?

Hi! My name is James Flatow, and I’m a sophomore from New York City (yes, the city itself – the horns and sirens I fell asleep to growing up have been replaced by unsettling peace and quiet). I’m pre-med here at Amherst and a likely psychology major, though the open curriculum has allowed me to pursue academic interests across several departments. In addition to giving tours, I’m an EMT with ACEMS (Amherst College Emergency Medical Services) and an associate editor of The Indicator, our journal of independent thought. Though schoolwork and extracurriculars claim most of my time, I’m never too busy to watch the Yankees (I’ll settle for rooting against the Rex Sox if only in-market games are available) or jam with friends in one of our music practice rooms. Please feel free to send me any questions at

Marianna Lehoucq '19 Name: Mariana Lehoucq ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Potential Major(s): Sociology
Activities on Campus: Amherst Choral Society, Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Project Salud,  Mentor at Reader to Reader
Hobbies: Attending interesting talks, Spontaneous dance and karaoke sessions, Arts and crafts
Favorite question asked on tours: How do you feel about MA weather?

Hi! My name is Mariana, and I’m a sophomore from Greensboro, NC. On campus, I am involved in Choral Society, Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, and Project Salud (a club that partners with a local health clinic in Peru.) I was also involved a bit in theatre last semester. I worked backstage at an opera, was involved in a student-run musical theatre group, and got to act in a short play at Amherst directed by a student from Hampshire College (one of the schools in the Five College Consortium!) As part of my work-study, I work for Reader to Reader, a non-profit focused on encouraging literacy across the US. At Amherst, one of my favorite things has been being able to try new things and find new passions (both academic and non-academic.) For example, I was able to continue with performance-related activities, but was also able to try something I would have never imagined myself doing, and now love- Ultimate Frisbee! Because of the Open Curriculum, I’ve had the freedom to choose to take classes I may never have previously expected to take. I am planning to major in Anthropology or Sociology and do a Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science, but I have not declared either one yet. So far, I have taken classes in 9 departments! I can honestly say that although I will probably not pursue any more Calculus or Philosophy, I am glad that I was able to learn about subjects that are especially challenging for me, and feel that I’ve gained valuable ways of thinking that I could incorporate in future classes. If you have any questions about life at Amherst, think we may share a common interest, or would like a sophomore’s perspective on college, feel free to reach out at!

Jake May '19 Name
: Jake May ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
Potential Major(s): History
Activities on campus: Mr. Gad’s House of Improv, Jazz Combo, Ultimate Frisbee, writing humor for The Indicator, a campus publication.
Hobbies: Playing guitar and drums, listening to music, writing comedy. 
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you pick such a small school?

While I was born in Florida, I moved to New York City at a young age, and I consider it my hometown. Amherst actually wasn’t really on my radar initially, because I didn’t think I wanted a small school. However after I visited the campus I fell in love with the college, and I’m so happy to be here now. I’m thinking of majoring in History, and I love taking classes in that field, but I also love to expand my academic horizons. Schoolwork is definitely a big part of how I spend my time here at Amherst, but I do have plenty of time to fit in ultimate Frisbee, Improv comedy with Mr. Gad’s House of Improv, or play music, whether it’s with one of Amherst’s jazz combos or with musician friends outside of class. I’m obsessed with music of all types, but especially rock and roll. I also consider myself a comedy nerd. If you have any questions about Amherst or want to talk music or comedy, hit me up at

Kaelan McCone '19 Name: Kaelan McCone ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Major(s): Mathematics, French, and Political Science
On-Campus Activities: QuestBridge Scholars, Association of Amherst Students (AAS)
Hobbies: Figure Skating, Netflix, YouTube
Favorite question asked on tours: How'd you end up at Amherst?

Originally from Greensboro, NC, I actually found out about this school by accidentally applying to a fly-in program in my senior year of high school. Ever since I first set foot on campus, I've been in love. Since coming here, I'm constantly amazed at the sense of community I feel here. One of the best elements of the school itself is the freedom to know people outside of your major, and the ability to take courses outside of your major as well! One of my favorite things to do on campus is to go to the ice rink and practice skating in between classes, which is surprisingly empty and fun! As a sophomore, I've had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of events on campus, and am looking forward to my next three years here!

Tucker Meijer '19 Name: Tucker Meijer ‘19
Hometown: Mountain View, CA
Major(s): Film and Media Studies and English
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Cross-Country and Track, Student Health Educator, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Running, Reading, Relaxing
Favorite question asked on tours: Being from California, how do you deal with the cold?

Amherst has really been a place for me to grow and mature surrounded by an awesome community of supportive and friendly people. Although I'm not 100% sure about my major, I am pretty passionate about all things visual, specifically film and television, and I would love to work at a television studio one day. Since I'm on the cross-country team, I get to experience all of the terrific trails around Amherst, which are always great spots. I'm also a Student Health Educator (or SHE), so I get to talk about all sorts of different health issues, which is a super fun way to connect with the greater Amherst community. When I have some free time, I'm an avid TV watcher, so if you have any TV show recommendations, I'd love to hear them! I'm really looking forward to showing you around! If you have any questions about Amherst or just want to say hi, feel free to email me at

Ian Miller '19 Name: Ian Miller ‘19
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Major(s): Political Science
On-Campus Activites: Mock Trial, Residential Counselor
Hobbies: Golf, Political Discussion
Favorite question asked on tours: Do you ever get tired of the hills?

Coming to Amherst has been a big change for me: colder weather, more diverse community, and the coolest people I've ever met make this place a far cry from Dallas, TX. Sure, it's hard to be away from my sisters (splitting up triplets is never easy), but I have quickly learned to love this place and it's become another "home." Right now I am working on figuring out what I want to do here at Amherst, but the current plan is to double major in Political Science and Asian Languages and Civilizations, but I have some Math credits under my belt so who knows what is going to happen? One of my favorite things about this place is I can change my mind a million times and they’ll still let me stay. When I am not doing coursework, I enjoy Mock Trial and attending Mr. Gads Improv Comedy shows. If you want to know more about Amherst from my perspective, hit me up at or in the Admissions Office.

Gg Lucas-Narcisse '19 Name: Gg Lucas-Narcisse ‘19
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Major(s): Undecided
On-Campus Activities: Women’s Chorus, Club Soccer, Amherst Dance, Olio, Whistle a Happy Tune, Mock Trial, Student Health Educators, Book and Plow Farm, Resident Counselor
Hobby: Keeping my basil plant alive

Hi there! I’m a sophomore here at Amherst College and I’m in love with it. I’m happy to be a part of such a close knit community, and get to know people from all walks of life. There are so many opportunities to get involved in and around campus so I’m always wishing I could do more. Already Amherst has really opened me up to a ton of new interests like West African Dance and farming. Although I’m interested in Psychology and LJST, I’m still exploring my options when it comes to majors, I’ve got a little time left to make such a major decision. I also love dancing in like it’s 1999 in my room, and making puns. My email is if you want to ask me about Amherst or send me some sick puns. I hope to see or hear from you soon!

Denise Noriega Name: Denise Noriega ‘19
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major(s): Psychology and Math
On-Campus Activities: QuestBridge, Intramural sports, First Generation Association, Math Fellow
Hobbies: Writing, decorating, watching Netflix, bonding with friends, taking pictures of campus, Buzzfeed, wasting time on Instagram
Favorite question asked on tours: Would you sit on Frost's lap?

Hi! My name is Denise and I am an Angeleno. Despite being born and raised on the west coast, I'm really glad I left. I enjoy witnessing four seasons (finally) and love when the temperature is under 75 degrees. Since arriving on campus last year, I've had the pleasure of receiving incredible support from my professors. They've helped me understand that I belong on this campus and provided me with opportunities to be a research assistant for the psychology department as well as a fellow for the math department. The professors I've interacted with are passionate about teaching and love when students ask questions. They're not afraid to share stories about their own lives to encourage us or make us laugh. That's why professors are one reason I love being an Amherst student. That, and they sometimes give us food. Feel free to email me with any questions at!"

Julia Pike '19 Name: Julia Pike ‘19
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Potential Major(s): English and Environmental Studies
On-Campus Activities: Ultimate Frisbee, Divest Amherst, Amherst Dance, and the Book and Plow Farm
Hobbies: Running, writing, drawing, and hiking
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?

Hi! My name is Julia Pike, and I'm from Brooklyn, New York. I'm a sophomore considering majoring in English, Environmental Studies, or Political Science. Here on campus, I'm on Amherst College's Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, Sparkle Motion, I work at the Book and Plow Farm. In my free time, I like to run on the beautiful Amherst trails, read and watch Game of Thrones. This year I will be living in Marsh, the Arts Theme House on campus. I can't wait to meet you all and show you around Amherst!

Molly Pines '19 Name: Molly Pines ‘19
Hometown: Orinda, CA
Major(s): English
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Swim Team, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Listening to music, reading poetry, taking BuzzFeed quizzes, watching Pixar movies, Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Where should we get lunch after our tour?

Hi! I’m Molly Pines and I’m a sophomore here at Amherst. I'm 99% sure I'm majoring in English, and I'm also interested in Spanish and Psychology. I’m from a small suburb of San Francisco and I will always be a West Coaster at heart, no matter how much I love Amherst. At school, when I’m not eating, sleeping, or studying, I swim breaststroke for our Varsity Swim & Dive Team and participate in Amherst Dance. If you have any questions about Amherst in general or about my specific interests, don’t hesitate to contact me at I’m happy to talk about anything and everything Amherst!

Ethan Rosenthal '19 Name: Ethan Rosenthal ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
Major(s): History
On-Campus Activities: Hillel, Amherst Political Union, Amherst College Poker Club, Intramurals
Hobbies: Skiing, Watching any sport on TV
Favorite question asked on tours: How does town life in Amherst compare to being home in New York City?

Hi! My name is Ethan Rosenthal, and I am a sophomore from New York City, New York. I have not declared my major yet, but I am leaning towards history or political science. Outside of the classroom, I have been able to be a part of some amazing groups like Amherst College Hillel and the Amherst Political Union as well as participated in various intramural sports. If you have any questions or concerns about academics, student life, or anything else that might be on your mind, feel free to shoot me me an email at Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Andrew Sommer '19 Name: Andrew Sommer ‘19
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
Major(s): Computer Science and Asian Languages and Civilizations
On-Campus Activities: Outing Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Varsity Football
Hobbies: Cooking, Traveling, anything involving the outdoors
Favorite question asked on tours: Isn't Amherst kinda in the middle of nowhere?

I'm from just outside of New York City, a place where the world is at your fingertips, and I can confidently say that I feel the exact same, if not even more so, about Amherst. I love the challenging and diverse community that Amherst provides, and being right next to the Berkshire Mountains adds a beautiful touch (I love the outdoors!). In the classroom, computer science and Mandarin Chinese take up most of my study, although I have had the chance to try out our great Math department, with the fantastic professor Gabriel Sosa! Outside of these activities I love to hang with friends on Memorial hill, or see some of the great shows students perform like the comedy group Mr. Gad's or the art works in the Mead. If you have any questions about Amherst or are interested in talking to a current Amherst student, please feel free to contact me at I can't wait to see all of you on campus!

Silvia Sotolongo '19 Name: Silvia Sotolongo ‘19
Hometown: Durham, NC
Major(s): Statistics and Sociology
On-Campus Activities: AAS (Student Government), Purple Pride Cheerleading, BSU, La Causa, Orientation Leader, Amherst Christian Fellowship, Colleges against Cancer
Hobbies: Reading, coloring, painting my nails, watching terrible TV, using duolingo, watching Duke Basketball
Favorite question asked on tours: If you're from NC, why don't you have a Southern accent?

Hey y'all! I'm Silvia and I was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. I declared Statistics as my major and plan to declare Sociology as well. I am a co-captain for Amherst's cheer team, the Secretary for Amherst's Student Government, and enjoy attending many other club meetings when I have time. I spent a semester in D.C. at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in high school, and I hope to study abroad in Cuba my junior year at Amherst. My favorite class thus far at Amherst has definitely been 'Latino Pop Culture.' If you want to know what our student government is like, how our cheer team works, what being a stats major is like or even why The Taste is the best restaurant in Amherst, you can email me at! Hope to see you in the Pioneer Valley soon.

Allison Tennant '19 Name: Allison Tennant ‘19
Hometown: Roscoe, IL
Major(s): Environmental Studies and French
On-Campus Activities: Green Amherst Project, Eco-Reps, Sparkle Motion Women's Ultimate Team, Amherst Dance, Outing Club
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, cooking
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite place to eat in town?

Hello! My name is Allison and I am a sophomore. The charm of Amherst reminds me of my small hometown in Illinois even though it can’t compete with the scenic beauty found here. I am an Environmental Studies and French double major and am also looking into taking advantage of the Five College Consortium with a certificate in International Relations. I plan to fully utilize the open curriculum to take classes in as many departments as possible. Outside of the classroom, I love playing Ultimate Frisbee on Sparkle Motion women's team, being involved in environmental action with the Green Amherst Project and the Office of Environmental Sustainability, exploring the Pioneer Valley with the Outing Club, and trying to figure out how to incorporate dance classes into my busy schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Alexandra Theall '19 Name: Alexandra Theall ‘19
Hometown: Newton, MA
Major(s): Biology
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), Charles Drew Health Professionals Society, Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP)
Hobbies: Baking, reading, Val sitting
Favorite Question Asked on Tours: When did you know Amherst was right for you?

Hi everyone! My name is Alexandra Theall, and I'm a sophomore from Newton, Massachusetts. In my first year at Amherst, I have happily adjusted to my new home and have come to love the familiar sights and sounds of our awesome little campus. I'm a potential Biology major, a pre-health student, and aspiring physician. On campus (other than being a tour guide), I am involved in KDSAP and will be serving as a Charles Drew Health Professionals Society co-president this year. I am also currently a member of ACEMS, Amherst's student run EMS organization, so you may see me around campus wearing blue! I love to bake, read, and hang out with friends. I’m so excited to share our college with you, and if you have any questions about life at Amherst as a young woman, as a student transitioning from single-sex education to a co-ed learning environment, as a pre-health student, or just in general, please feel free to email me at!

Jackson Trice '19 Name: Jackson Trice ‘19
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Potential Major(s): English, Film and Media Studies, and French
Activities on Campus: I'm an intern at The Common Magazine, an international literary magazine run out of Amherst College. I sometimes volunteer as a reader in a reading mentoring program at Reader to Reader.
Hobbies: Watching movies--I go to Amherst Cinema all the time. I also like traveling and exploring the five college area. I'm pretty simple: I like books, yoga, and eating good food with good friends.
Favorite question asked on tours: "Will my kid be okay here, academically?," usually parents ask me this with the gravest of faces.

As a product of the South Carolina public education system, and a notoriously bad great test taker, I didn't think I was cut out for a school like Amherst at all. I was surprised by my acceptance, and worried about how hard the classes would be up until I met the professors. College is hard--that's a known fact. But I've had a lot of fun in my classes, too. Professors want you to succeed here. My favorite thing to tell anxious applicants (and their parents) is to chill. In my experience, Amherst professors and faculty help you accentuate the positive in yourself, not the negative. I chose Amherst because the student body was the nicest, funniest, and smartest group of people I've ever met. A year later, that still stands to be true. Academically, Amherst has given me the freedom to explore my passion of writing, and help me down new avenues of creativity and learning. A year ago, I couldn't imagine the classes that I would end up taking due to the open curriculum. Freedom to experiment, ultimately, is what makes Amherst one of my favorite places.

Yrenly Yuan '19 Name: Yrenly Yuan ‘19
Hometown: Davis, CA
Major(s): Biology and Anthropology
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Track and Field, Amherst Intramurals, The Amherst Student, and TEDxAmherst
Hobbies: Making bad jokes, Val-sitting, petting dogs, and reading late at night
Favorite question asked on tours: What do you love most about Amherst?

Hi everyone! I'm a sophomore from Northern California interested in public health and health administration. I've been incredibly happy with the experience that I've had at Amherst so far, from the way I felt at home on campus almost immediately to the relationships I've formed with my peers, professors, and alumni. Some of the best aspects about Amherst are definitely the friendly college town vibe and the open curriculum, which is how I became interested in Anthropology. I now can't imagine being at a school where I'd have general requirements! I love talking about Amherst, so if you have any questions about what it's like to actually have weather, track (indoor season was completely new to me!), or anything else, please feel free to email me at!