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.
Head Tour Guides
Name: Kathleen Maeder ‘20
Hometown: San Pedro, CA
Major: Political Science and Environmental Studies
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical ServicesResident Counselor, News Writer (The Amherst Student)
Hobbies: WHiking, podcasts, writing
Hello! My name is Kathleen, and I am a senior studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. I grew up in San Pedro, a port community in the City of Los Angeles, and moved across the country in 2016 to attend Amherst College. Along with my position as one of the Head Tour Guides, I also work as a Resident Counselor on campus, and have spent my time over the past few years writing for our student-led newspaper, serving as an Eco-Rep to encourage sustainability within our dorms, and coordinating events as an Office Assistant for Amherst's Conferences and Special Events team. While I tend to stay busy on campus, I also enjoy checking out coffee shops and restaurants in Downtown Amherst and hiking with friends in the nearby Holyoke Range. I absolutely love speaking about our college, my majors, and my personal experience as an Amherst student, so please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Name: Vivian Cordon ‘21
Hometown: Queens, NY
Potential Majors: Political Science or Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC), Amherst Dance, La Causa, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Intramural Basketball
Hobbies: Dancing, Playing Basketball, Sleeping, Drinking Coffee
Hi! My name is Vivian Cordon, and I'm a junior. Although Amherst is way more quiet than my home in New York City (hearing crickets instead of traffic is so strange!), over the course of my first semester, I've truly been able to call Amherst home. Since coming to Amherst, I've become friends with people from all over the country and the world. My favorite thing about Amherst is the diversity of experience that its students have. I never thought I would meet so many diverse people, coming from New York, so the variety experiences of Amherst students was a big surprise. These students bring their experiences to the classroom (or to a meal at Val) and really change the shape of the conversation. I would be more than happy to answer any questions about my experience or Amherst College itself! Feel free to email me at email@example.com!
Name: Margot Lurie ‘21
Hometown: Denver, CO
Potential Majors: Spanish and Philosophy
Activities on campus: Amherst College Humanists, Amherst Political Union, Philosophy Club, Eco-Reps
Hobbies: Reading, baking, art, and running
Favorite question asked on tours: Where is your favorite place to study in town?
Hi! My name is Margot, and I’m a junior from Denver, Colorado. From the moment I stepped on the Amherst campus as a prospective student, I felt at home. I had a sense that it was the right place for me both academically and socially, and so far it has exceeded my expectations. As someone with a wide variety of academic interests, I believe the opportunities for exploration afforded by the open curriculum are invaluable. I didn’t enter the college with a clear major in mind, and I love the freedom to explore many departments, knowing that I could never take all of the classes that interest me. I couldn’t have anticipated how incredible my professors would be; they are not only great educators but also caring and generous with their time. My academic experience has been enhanced by the kind, interesting group of students I get to live and learn with. If you have any questions about Amherst please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tour Guides—Class of 2020
Name: Atikah Adzhar ‘20
Potential Major: Anthropology
Activities on campus: Panicking that one time the wifi went out
Hobbies: Comic books, anime, Jack Reacher novels, basmati rice
I came here on a scholarship from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, so the school chose me more than the other way around. The culture and academics here are different than what I've known and it's a lot to get used to. But being at Amherst as an international student, a transfer student, and an older student has been a worthwhile experience. Don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com for any lingering questions!
Name: Eliza Beebe ‘20
Hometown: Milton, MA
Potential Major: Psychology
Activities on campus: Women's Lacrosse Team, Outing Club, Book & Plow Farm
Hobbies: Skiing, swimming, and anything dog-related
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?
I chose to come to Amherst because I was excited to immerse myself in a close-knit, diverse community where I knew I would be challenged to grow and learn. With my first three years at Amherst behind me, I am amazed by the connections I have formed with my peers and professors, and feel enriched by the environment that Amherst has provided for me. I'm excited for my last year here, as I know it will bring new friendships, stimulating courses, and important moments of personal growth. I would love to talk more with anyone about Amherst, so please don't hesitate to reach out! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Julia Cárdenas ‘20
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Art and the History of Art
Activities on campus: Amherst College Rowing Association, Student Housing Advisory Committee, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Drawing, cooking, watching The Office, and Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you decide to move to the East Coast?
My name is Julia, and I am from Los Angeles, California. Coming from such a large and cosmopolitan city I was a little nervous to switch to a smaller setting so far away from home. But I can happily say that Amherst has truly become my second home. The diverse community here with ready access to the other colleges in the consortium truly lends itself to being a little big world. Although I would like to major in art history, I'm happy that I can take advantage of our unique open curriculum and take as many classes as I can in various subjects. Outside of taking classes and going to practice, I enjoy spending time on the third floor of Frost, doing long Val sits, and hanging out with friends. I look forward to meeting as many prospective Amherst students and their families as I can! Feel free to reach out with any questions at email@example.com.
Name: Rachel Chaffin ‘20
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Potential Majors: Psychology and French
Activities on campus: Diversity Intern (https://www.amherst.edu/admission/diversity), Indigenous and Native Citizens Association, and Amherst Christian Fellowship
Hobbies: Running, watching Chef's Table, watching the Great British Baking Show while actually baking in real life, babysitting, and making friends!
Favorite question asked on tours: "How did you get in here?!"
Hello! My name is Rachel, I am a dessert-loving, friendship-seeking Northern Californian, and have been told that I am a real life version/combination of Jessica Day and Leslie Knope, which should give you a sense of the level of energy and extroversion I operate at on a daily basis. I am in my final year at Amherst, and I am studying Psychology and French (although you'll also find me in English, History, Film & Media Studies, or Black Studies courses each semester). A lot of people have asked me why I chose Amherst, and my answer has pretty much always been the same. When I first visited Amherst, I was expecting to be most impressed by the facts I already knew and loved about it: the small student-to-faculty ratio, the open curriculum, the intimate and idyllic campus, the Pioneer Valley itself. I did love all of those things, but what really drew me to Amherst College ultimately was the people. I was amazed by the positive, welcoming, diverse student body on campus, and perhaps even more amazed by the attention and care that professors give students at Amherst. Three years later, I've found that that first impression was spot-on, and even on the days that I miss California or slip on ice (not a rarity), I have remained confident and secure in my decision to come to Amherst primarily because of the people here. Students visiting Amherst are also often curious about what my favorite class has been at Amherst so far! I've honestly loved all of my classes at Amherst, but I especially loved every single discussion and assignment in Reading the Novel with Professor Sanborn, and learned a whole new way of writing from Professor Grobe's patient, honest comments in Engaging the Arts. I hope that gives you a good sense of what my own experience of Amherst has been like, but please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions! Hope to see you on campus soon.
Name: McLean Cozine ‘20
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Potential Majors: Philosophy and Computer Science
Activities on campus: Sailing Club, Green Room Student Theater, Intramural Soccer, HackAmherst
Hobbies: Spontaneous trips, exploring campus, procrastinating, Val-sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?
Hi! My name is McLean, and I was born and raised in the City of Lakes: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Winters here are a little shorter and much less cold than those I grew up with, so at Amherst I'm basically living in my tropical paradise! This paradise would be incomplete, though, without the good company I have found here, and these personal connections are the true highlight of my time at Amherst. Between students, staff, and professors, I am constantly around people who encourage me and support me, while challenging me to grow and learn. From seminar discussions on John Locke and free speech to late night common room discussions on high school slang, I encounter and engage new ideas every day here at Amherst. I find this to be a beautiful and exciting place to live and learn, and I hope to help you feel the same.
Name: Claire Dennis ‘20
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Potential Majors: Political Science
Activities on campus: Varsity Volleyball, Amherst LEADS, Staff Writer for The Amherst Student, Research Assistant in Political Science, Amherst Dance, Math Department grader
Hobbies: Watching movies, reading, baking, Val sitting and cheering on the Warriors #dubnation
Favorite question asked on tours: Why would you ever leave California?
My name is Claire and I am a senior from the San Francisco Bay Area. It's hard to believe that I'm already done with a majority of my time at Amherst, but I'm loving every minute of it. Although I'm majoring in Political Science, I've enjoyed exploring other departments with the open curriculum such as Math, Computer Science, Spanish, Economics and History. Outside of the classroom, I love competing on the volleyball court (Go Firedogs!) and hanging out with friends. You can find me in the classroom, at the gym, hanging out in my floor’s common room, or getting boba at Lime Red. I chose Amherst for the close community that is fostered here, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. The small classes and intimacy of a residential campus have helped me form lasting bonds with both faculty and other students. I would love to talk with you about what makes Amherst so special (or literally anything else!) so please feel free to send me an email at email@example.com.
Name: Benedite Dieujuste ‘20
Hometown: New York, NY
Potential Major(s): English and Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies
Activities on campus: Student Health Educator, Women's Rugby, African and Caribbean Student's Union
Hobbies: Coping with my constant existential crises
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did the school change the mascot?
Haitian born, NYC raised junior coming at you from Amherst College. When I first came to Amherst, I expected to be challenged academically, form deep friendships, and finally go camping. Even though I haven't gone camping (yet), I have already done so much on and off campus. Between my wonderful SWAGS classes and frequent visits to Northampton, I'm always busy and having fun. My passion lies in health education and I'm able to channel it through my work as a Student Health Educator. If you want to know anything else about the college, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Name: Will Dunne ‘20
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Major: American Studies
Activities on campus: Men's Varsity Soccer, Student Health Educator, Amherst LEADS
Hobbies: Exploring Western Mass, Reading, Crafting, and Eating!
Hey all! My name's Will, and I'm a senior from Oak Park, Illinois. On my first visit to Amherst a few of years ago, I was struck by the overwhelming sense of community that I felt on campus. Today, the diverse, empathetic, and intellectual community that is Amherst College still continues to amaze me. The people here at Amherst - from the students, to the professors, to the individuals who work around campus - are truly awesome. If you happen to visit campus, there’s a good chance you might find me in Frost Library trying to figure out some Organic Chemistry homework, down at Hitchcock Field kicking some balls around, or in Val trying to make mac n’ cheese at the stir fry station. If you have any questions about Amherst (even if you’re just curious to how one goes about making mac n’ cheese in a wok) please feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com. I’m happy to answer any of your questions!
Name: Max Fox-Jurkowitz ‘20
Hometown: Arlington, MA
Potential Major: Mathematics and Statistics
Activities on campus: Ultimate Frisbee, Statistics and Data Science Fellows, and Project Sunshine
Hobbies: Running, Reading, Watching Sports
Favorite question asked on tours: Did Zephaniah Swift Moore (Amherst's Founder) just really like purple?
Hi Everyone! My name is Max Fox-Jurkowitz, and I am a senior from Arlington, MA. The warm, inclusive Amherst community and the always accessible professors are just a few of the things that make me feel at home here. The open curriculum at Amherst has allowed me to explore many disciplines, and I’ve even been able to take four history classes already, despite majoring in Math and Stats! Also, I’ve enjoyed my Math and Stats classes so much that I’ll be studying Math in Budapest this Fall. Outside of the classroom, I am on the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team. I am also a Statistics and Data Science Fellow and a member of Project Sunshine, a community volunteer group. In addition to these activities, I enjoy watching sports, reading historical fiction, and running. Email me with questions about Amherst at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Name: Daniel Lee ‘20
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Potential Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Amherst Dance, Active Minds
Hobbies: Hulu, Reading, Netflix
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you apply to Amherst?
Yooo my name is Daniel Lee. I am a senior at Amherst thinking about pursuing a Psychology and LJST double major. I love learning about theories of people's behaviors, and Amherst's open curriculum allows me to pursue multiple historical and philosophical perspectives on the subject. Dancing and music are welcome breaks from academic life, and I have made great friends doing what I love. Learning new perspectives every day is wonderful, and I love attending this school. If you have any question you can email me at email@example.com!
Name: Jiwoo Park ‘20
Hometown: Denver, CO
Major: Neuroscience, plus the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science
Activities on campus: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services, Student Orientation Coordinator, AC Public Health Collaborative, GlobeMed, Asian Students Association
Hobbies: Listening and sharing music, spending too much time at Share Coffee, hiking, traveling
Hello! My name is Jiwoo, and I'm a senior from the suburbs outside of Denver, Colorado. At Amherst, I am a pre-med Neuroscience major and also pursuing the 5-College Culture, Health, and Science certificate. Ever since I visited campus during the Diversity Open House I knew that it would be home. The people make Amherst the place that it is--I'm constantly inspired and supported by the incredible students, professors, and staff members here. It's been an absolutely wild and amazing experience so far, and I'd love to share it with you. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the best place to grab coffee in town (Share), best Val meal (Chicken Tikka Masala), or anything else about Amherst!
Name: Theo Pérez ‘20
Hometown: New York, NY
Potential Majors: Undecided (Music, and/or Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought)
Activities on campus: Here on campus I'm on the board of the radio station, WAMH and the board of Jazz at Amherst. I also play guitar in a jazz combo. I am involved with theater in many ways, including working in the scene shop, and am the RC of the Arts House.
Hobbies: I play guitar, read, whittle (poorly) and watch standup comedy.
Favorite question asked on tours: You say there's no Greek life here, does that mean that if you're from Greece you're not allowed to apply?
Hello! My name is Theo Pérez and I very much so like it here at Amherst. Between the open curriculum and the wide range of student activities, I feel that I have complete control over the structure of my day and am really able to personalize and adapt my experience to be whatever I want it to be.
Name: Stuart Robbins ‘20
Hometown: Armonk, NY
Potential Major: American Studies
Activities on campus: Research Assistant for AMST-111, Treasurer for Ski and Snowboard Club, former Co-Chair for Pride Alliance
Hobbies: Gardening, Crafting, Skiing, Cooking
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?
Amherst is a really special place because of the amazing individuals who make up our community. One piece of advice I was given upon arrival to campus was to genuinely make an effort to get to know the faculty and staff members who work at the college. After living on campus for three years I can say that following this advice has given me the chance to connect with and learn from some of the most interesting people I've met in my life. My fellow students constantly amaze me with their ambition, curiosity, and hobbies. If you have any questions about LGBT life on campus, the non-athlete experience at Amherst, or anything else please feel free to reach out to me via email at email@example.com.
Name: Hayley Roy ‘20
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Varsity Soccer, Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect and Book and Plow Farm
Hobbies: Reading, hiking and piano
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you pick Amherst?
I chose Amherst because of the people I met when I first visited. It was clear that this was a community that loved where they were and were determined to make Amherst, and the world, a better place. I love being apart of this community now and I know that it has made me a more well-rounded person. Not only do I appreciate the Amherst community, but the campus is so picturesque it now seems impossible for me to imagine myself anywhere else.
Name: Audrey Stromberg ‘20
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Potential Major: Psychology
Activities on campus: Intramural volleyball team captain, Outing Club participant
Hobbies: Powerlifting, writing, watching a lot (a lot) of YouTube videos
Favorite question asked on tours: How tall are you?
My name is Audrey Stromberg, and I'm a senior at Amherst. I chose Amherst for all of the obvious reasons, such as the open curriculum, student-to-faculty ratio, and the diverse community of friendly Amherst dogs. Thanks to Amherst, I've been able to fully explore all of my academic interests, finally and happily landing on a psychology major. Along the way, I've taken classes with and gotten to know some of the most intellectually curious minds in the country. As a result, I have grown not only as a student, but also as a person. Amherst is truly a unique experience, and I hope to show you that too! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or just to talk Amherst!
Name: Elizabeth Sturley ‘20
Hometown: Austin, TX
Potential Major(s): Political Science, Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, and the Five College Certificate in International Relations
Activities on campus: Women's Varsity Field Hockey, Amherst Political Union, Hillel, Amherst LEADS, Outing Club
Hobbies: Travel, hiking, zumba, and cooking & baking (but mostly eating)
I love being at Amherst and engaging in incredible conversations with people from such diverse backgrounds! People here--students, faculty, and staff--are all so passionate about a range of things. The conversations with my peers and with adults in the community extend far beyond the classroom, ranging from talking about current events and politics to discussions about family traditions back home or new books that we've read. Every single day, these interactions solidify my decision of choosing Amherst!
Name: Hana Teklu ‘20
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Political Science
Activities on campus: African and Caribbean Student's Union, Black Student's Union, Phonathon, Reader to Reader
Hobbies: Reading, writing poetry, taking Buzzfeed quizzes, watching too many TV shows at once
Hi there, I'm Hana! I am a senior from New York City, born in Ethiopia. I will soon be majoring in Political Science but have a variety of interests that range from English to Religion. I love to learn both from my amazing professors and my classmates. One of my favorite things about a liberal arts education like that at Amherst is the small sized classes which allow for great conversations that challenge the ways I think as well as what I think. Outside of the classroom you can find me bothering my friends or taking a Buzzfeed quiz about which country I should visit based on how I style my non-existent mansion. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at email@example.com.
Name: Sarah Weintraub ‘20
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
Potential Major: Political Science
Activities on campus: Women's Club Crew Team, Amherst College Ski and Snowboard Club, Residence Counselor, Orientation Leader
Hobbies: Hiking, Skiing, Crafting
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite meal at Val?
My name is Sarah Weintraub and I am a senior from Scarsdale, New York. As soon as I started looking at colleges, I immediately fell in love with Amherst College because of its size, open curriculum, and sense of community. I am currently a member of the women’s crew team on campus and I am the president of the Ski and Snowboard Club. I have been able to explore so many different interests in a variety of classes here because of the open curriculum. Amherst is an amazing place because students, professors and faculty are able to come together to learn from each other every single day. The students here are diverse and interesting and it's great to continue to meet new people all the time on campus. I am excited to be a tour guide to share my knowledge about and love for Amherst with potential students. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about anything Amherst!
Name: Caleb Winfrey ‘20
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and Statistics
Activities on campus: Men's Rowing Team
Hobbies: Making memes, writing for various publications, brewing the best coffee on campus, watching all of my mediocre Miami sports teams, supporting my friends at performances/sporting events, exploring the Pioneer Valley
Amherst College has been the perfect school for me, and I believe it can be the perfect college for many prospective students. My professors are all at the top of their respective fields, but still put in the time to make sure each student reaches their full potential (by asking challenging questions, leading discussions, and having accessible office hours). Similarly, Amherst students are cooperative, hard-working, and talented, which expedites learning and significantly reduces the stress of schoolwork. Amherst's small size allows you to become close with some of these incredible people, which you will especially appreciate when you always find a friend to sit with at Val or Frost. If you have a question about student life at Amherst College, please feel free to email me at email@example.com! Go Mammoths!
Name: Morgan Yurosek ‘20
Hometown: Coto de Caza, CA
Potential Majors: Economics
Activities on campus: Women's Golf Team, Amherst LEADS, Amherst College Republicans, Women in Finance
Hobbies: Playing guitar, watching all sports, snowboarding, being creative with my Val meals
Hi! My name is Morgan Yurosek and I am a senior from sunny Southern California. Calling the East Coast home has been an amazing experience and I have enjoyed the fall foliage, snow, and change of scenery. At Amherst I am a member of the Women's Golf Team and am an Economics major. Since coming to Amherst I have met a ton of people from diverse backgrounds and have taken classes that have introduced me to new and interesting subjects like Russian. I was drawn to Amherst because of the small size of the student body and have enjoyed its perks including small class sizes and the ability to form relationships with the professors. I can't wait to share my wonderful experience here with prospective students. If you have any questions about the school feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!