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 sophomore 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!
Name: Malia Chun
Hometown: Palo Alto, California
Prospective Majors: Political Science and Economics
Activities on campus: Native and Indigenous Student Association, AC Democrats, Debate
Hobbies: Baking, eating, reading, watching Netflix, running, skiing
Hi! My name is Malia Chun and I am a sophomore from Palo Alto, California. I am planning on double majoring in political science and economics. On campus I am involved in the Native and Indiginous Student Association, AC Dems (Amherst’s Democrats Club), and debate. 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 South common room, watching Netflix or reading on my bed, running on the bike trail, and meeting people on Val Quad. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about my Amherst experience!
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, sophomore 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.
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 sophomore 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 email@example.com!
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 sophomore 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 sophomore 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 email@example.com!
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 sophomore 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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, WAMH Amherst College Radio, Asian & Pacific American Action Committee, Asian American Writers' Group
Hobbies: Creative writing, taking naps, finding new music, sitting behind Johnson Chapel
Hello! My name is Emily Kang, and I am currently a sophomore 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Name: Maxim Melnichuk '24 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken: English, Russian, Korean
Hometown: Demarest, New Jersey
Prospective Majors: Neuroscience and English
Activities on campus: Student Researcher and Lab Assistant, Hillel, Amherst Christian Fellowship, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), The Amherst Student (Newspaper), The Beneski Museum of Natural History, Charles Drew Health Professions Society, First Generation and/or Low-Income Student Organization, Badminton Club, Club Tennis, Outing Club
Hobbies: Swimming, rock climbing, cooking
Hey everyone! My name is Maxim, and I’m a sophomore here at Amherst. In the past year, 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 also happy I came to Amherst because of the flexibility of the 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 email@example.com!
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 sophomore 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 sophomore 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 email@example.com with any questions you have.