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: James Flatow ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services
Hobbies: Watching sports, playing guitar, running
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 senior from New York City (yes, the city itself – unsettling peace and quiet have replaced the horns and sirens to which I fell asleep growing up). I’m a pre-med psychology major at Amherst, but the open curriculum has allowed me to take classes in nine departments and counting. In addition to giving tours, I’m an EMT with and board member of ACEMS (Amherst College Emergency Medical Services), our round-the-clock, student-run EMS. Though schoolwork and extracurriculars claim most of my time, I’m rarely too busy to watch the Yankees, jam with friends in a music practice room, or run on the scenic bike path alongside campus. Please feel free to send me questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Kathleen Maeder ‘20
Hometown: San Pedro, CA
Majors: Political Science and Environmental Studies
Activities on campus: Resident Counselor, News Writer (The Amherst Student)
Hobbies: Hiking, podcasts, writing
Hello! My name is Kathleen, and I am a junior 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 email@example.com if you have any questions!
Tour Guides—Class of 2019
Name: Jana Barber ‘19
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought and French
Activities on campus: Amherst College Women's Crew Team, DASAC
Hobbies: Binge watching Shonda Rhimes TGIT and traveling
Favorite question asked on tours: Do you have really good calves from walking backwards?
Hey! My name is Jana Barber and I’m a junior from Oak Park, IL, which is right outside of Chicago. I am a French and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought double major. 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 Step Team in DASAC. 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!
Name: Aahnix Bathurst ‘19
Hometown: Abilene, KS
Activities on campus: Amherst Christian Fellowship, Glee Club, WAMH 89.3 Radio DJ, German Club
Hobbies: Punning, playing basketball, hiking, camping, canoeing, reading, watching movies
Favorite question asked on tours: How did we end up with the best tour guide?
Hi everyone! I’m Aahnix, and I’m not in Kansas anymore! Actually, I just got back from studying abroad in Göttingen, Germany, where I took Biology, Linguistics, and history classes! Of course, I also traveled around Europe a bit, and walked across an entire country. At Amherst, although I’m majoring in German, I’m taking advantage of the Open Curriculum by taking a neuroscience course and a Statistics course in addition to my German courses this fall, and I have taken 5 linguistics courses at Umass Amherst, via the 5-College Consortium. When It comes to extracurriculars, I’ve been the Glee Club Librarian and later Co-president, Outing Club Gear Master and later Secretary, Christian Fellowship Bible study leader, and I’ve lived in the German Theme house. When I’m not performing in concerts or talking to the Pioneer Valley through the airwaves, you can find me playing basketball with my friends, Val-sitting, or taking apart my bike.
Name: Helena Burgueño ‘19
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Majors: Film & Media Studies and Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, La Causa, Amherst College Horn Ensemble, Amherst ChalkWalk
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: Where should we get lunch after this?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Name: Mikayla Gordon Wexler ‘19
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
Activities on campus: Amherst College Emergency Medical Service, GlobeMed, Club Sailing
Hobbies: Skiing, writing poetry, sailing, playing pick-up ice hockey
Favorite question asked on tours: Where is your favorite place to read on campus?
Hi! I'm Mikayla Gordon Wexler, and I am a current senior from West Hartford, Connecticut (about an hour directly south of Amherst). I cannot believe how quickly three years have flown by, but I am excited to spend my final year enjoying the beautiful Western Mass landscape and writing a Senior Anthropology thesis. Here at Amherst, I am a pre-med anthropology major, which perfectly combines my interests in the sciences and humanities -- part of the reason I love the open curriculum at Amherst so much. My biggest commitment on campus outside of academics is working with other amazing Amherst students as an EMT and board member for the Amherst College Emergency Medical Service. When I am not busy working on a paper or lab report, you can find me reading poetry on a bench overlooking Memorial Hill, running on the bike path, or Val-sitting (an Amherst term for hanging out in Valentine Dining Hall for an embarrassing amount of time) with friends. Feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com with any questions about studying abroad ( I was in Hungary the Fall of last year), being premed with a humanities major, or any other concern!
Name: Diane Lee ‘19
Hometown: Norwood, NJ
Activities on campus: The Amherst Student, First-Year Outdoor Orientation (FOOT) Leader, Consulting Club, Student Staff for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Senior Gift Committee
Hobbies: Hiking, running, playing the cello, hanging out with town residents at the Amherst Survival Center
Favorite question asked on tours: Is the dining hall food good?
I'm Diane, a senior English major from New Jersey. After a semester abroad, I'm so excited to eat cider donuts at Fall Fest (with our college president, Biddy!) and hang out on the quad again. Four years ago, I chose Amherst because I wanted to work directly with professors in a small undergraduate setting. It's safe to say that I've not only received a world-class education in a subject that I love (Victorian literature), but I've also met some of my best friends within a nurturing community here. The Open Curriculum has also allowed me to meet people outside of my academic interests, and broaden my perspectives. Outside of class (and tours), I write and edit for The Amherst Student, our weekly newspaper and work for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. If you have questions about being an English major, going abroad or working on campus, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Mariana Lehoucq ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Majors: Sociology and the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science
Activities on Campus: Amherst Choral Society, Project Salud, Roosevelt @ Amherst
Hobbies: Sing-alongs, Drawing, Swimming, Attending Seasonal Festivals
Favorite question asked on tours: What’s the longest amount of time one could spend at Val?
Name: Bonnie Lin ‘19
Hometown: San Diego, CA
On-Campus Activities: Choral Society, Public Health Collaborative, Health Transportation Research, Resident Counselor
Hobbies: Cycling, reading, admiring vegetarian cooking videos, scrolling through Quora or Pinterest
Favorite question asked on tours: Why do you give tours?
Name: Kaelan McCone ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Majors: Political Science and French
On-Campus Activities: Association of Amherst Students (AAS), QuestBridge
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 senior, I've had the opportunity to study abroad in France and in South Africa, as well as network with amazing people, and cannot wait to see what my final year holds!
Name: Ian Miller ‘19
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Major: 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 email@example.com or in the Admissions Office.
Name: Gg Lucas-Narcisse ‘19
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Majors: Psychology and French
On-Campus Activities: Rhythm and Shoes, SHEs, Mock Trial, OlioHealth Educators, Book and Plow Farm, Resident Counselor
Hobbies: Sleeping, Reading, Sewing
Favorite question asked on tours: Where should we get lunch?
Hi there! I’m a senior 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. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to ask me about Amherst or send me some sick puns. I hope to see or hear from you soon!
Name: Denise Noriega ‘19
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Majors: Psychology and Mathematics
On-Campus Activities: Math Fellow, Research Assistant, QuestBridge, Campus Activities Board, La Causa
Hobbies: Netflix, cleaning, beach volleyball, watching baseball/softball, scrolling through the Explore page on Instagram
Favorite question asked on tours: What did you do this summer?
Hi! My name is Denise and I am a senior from Los Angeles, CA. I decided to come all the way to Amherst, MA after I came to Admitted Students Weekend in the spring of 2015. From the moment I stepped onto campus, I knew I could see myself thriving here. I loved speaking to all the students and enjoyed my time meeting faculty and staff. Now that I'm here, I couldn't be happier with my decision. There are so many people I've met in the last 3 years that have tremendously improved my life - from students to faculty and staff. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have at email@example.com!
Name: Grace Orr ‘19
Hometown: Briarcliff Manor, NY
Majors: Architectural Studies and Psychology
Activities on campus: Women's Soccer Team, Student Athletes Advisory Committee, Tour Guides
Hobbies: Art! I actually have a small quasi business called Vans by Grace in which I customize blank white sneakers. I paint the shoes according to whatever college, theme, or personalized design my customers ask for!
Favorite question asked on tours: What do you do for fun?
Hi! My name is Grace and I’m a senior from outside of New York City. I love Amherst for so many reasons, but two in particular stick out in my mind. For one, I had no idea what I wanted to study before going to college. I thought maybe I’d study chemistry and be pre-med, but as I explored the open curriculum, I found that actually architecture was so much cooler! Plus, the freedom to choose my own academic path has allowed me to major in psychology as well, while also taking Spanish classes on the side. The other (more important) reason I love Amherst is that I remember visiting for the first time and leaving with the impression that everyone I met was so friendly. And it’s true! Every individual person you meet here is outgoing, unique, and incredibly talented in his or her own way, so that you will learn something new or interesting or fun with every conversation and friendship that you have. As a junior now I'd like to say I've learned a thing or two over the past couple of years here, and I’d love to share whatever sparse knowledge I may have with any and every prospective student to help make your college decision easier!
Name: Julia Pike ‘19
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
On-Campus Activities: Sparkle Motion Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Reproductive Justice Alliance, The Indicator, The Common
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 senior English major. Here on campus, I'm one of the captains of the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, Sparkle Motion, I write for one of our school publications, the Indicator, and I intern with The Common, a literary magazine based out of Amherst. In my free time, I like to run on the beautiful Amherst trails, draw, and watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. My sophomore year I lived in Marsh, the Arts theme house, and I studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fall of my junior year. I'm currently working on a creative writing thesis with the English Department. I can't wait to meet you all and show you around Amherst!
Name: Molly Pines ‘19
Hometown: Orinda, CA
Majors: English and Spanish
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Swim & Dive Team, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Listening to music, reading poetry, taking BuzzFeed quizzes, watching Pixar movies, Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: What is there to do in Amherst, Massachusetts?!?
Hi, I’m Molly Pines! I'm a senior 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 English and Spanish, I swim breaststroke for our Varsity Swim & Dive Team and participate in Amherst Dance beginner pieces (think Justin Bieber medleys and the like). If you have any questions about Amherst in general or about my specific interests, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to talk about anything and everything Amherst!
Name: Ethan Rosenthal ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
On-Campus Activities: Hillel, Investment Club, Law Review, Amherst Political Union, Poker Club
Hobbies: Poker, Skiing, Running, my fantasy football team
Favorite question asked on tours: How does town life at Amherst compare to life in New York City?
Hi! My name is Ethan Rosenthal, and I am a senior from New York City, New York. I am a history major focusing on modern nationalist movements. 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 among others. Both my studies and extra-curricular activities have been typical of the Amherst experience: engaging and intimate. 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 an email at email@example.com. Looking forward to seeing you on campus!
Name: Dorit Song ‘19
Hometown: North Potomac, MD
Major: Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
Activities on campus: Women's Swim & Dive Team, Mascot Committee, HerCampus, Random Acts of Kindness, Student Athlete Advisory Council, Asian Students Association, Circus Literary Magazine, Amherst LEADS, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Drawing, Hiking, Crafting, Journaling, Photography
Favorite question asked on tours: Does Amherst ever feel TOO small?
Hi there! I'm Dorit, a senior from North Potomac, Maryland. Coming from a high school of 1200 students, I knew I wanted to attend a small school that would allow me to make meaningful connections with my peers and professors. When I took a tour of Amherst my junior year of high school, I was amazed by how easily I could see myself sitting on the first-year quad and staring off at the amazing view from Memorial Hill. I was also drawn to the Amherst students I interacted with during my visit; everyone was so genuine and welcoming - just my kind of people! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Amherst so far, largely thanks to the wonderful residents of North 4th floor last year (shout-out to my fellow nuns), and can't wait to share more about the wonderful things this community has to offer with you on a tour! In the meantime, you are more than welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about anything I've mentioned above or really anything for that matter, and I'll do my best to give you a timely and meaningful response! Can't wait to see you on campus!
Name: Allison Tennant ‘19
Hometown: Loves Park, IL
Majors: Environmental Studies and French
On-Campus Activities:Food Justice Alliance, Sparkle Motion Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, Amherst Dance, Reproductive Justice Alliance
Hobbies:Hiking, cooking, Val sitting, petting dogs
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite place to eat in town?
Name: Yrenly Yuan ‘19
Hometown: Davis, CA
Major: Biology and Economics
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Track and Field, GlobeMed, the Center for Community Engagement, and TAing for the Biology Department
Hobbies: Reading late at night, petting dogs, making caramel in Val, and eating my way around town
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite restaurant in town?
Hi everyone! I'm a senior from Northern California interested in the intersection between healthcare and business. 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. 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, or anything else, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.