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

James Flatow Name
: James Flatow ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Psychology
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

Kathleen Maeder

Name: Kathleen Maeder ‘20
: 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 if you have any questions!

 Tour Guides—Class of 2019

Jana Barber '19 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!

Aahnix Bathurst '19 Name: Aahnix Bathurst ‘19
: Abilene, KS
Major: German
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.

Helena Burgueno '19 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 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.

Mikayla Gordon-Wexler '19 Name: Mikayla Gordon Wexler ‘19
: West Hartford, CT
Major: Anthropology
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 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!

Diane Lee Name
: Diane Lee ‘19
: Norwood, NJ
Major: English
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

Mariana Lehoucq '19 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?

Hi! My name is Mariana, and I’m a senior from Greensboro, NC. On campus, I am involved mainly in Choral Society, Project Salud, and the Roosevelt Institute. I've also worked for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and locally-based non-profit Reader to Reader, Inc. Some of my favorite parts of Amherst are getting to explore various interests due to the open curriculum, being able to run into friends at any time in Val, and enjoying the “small school” sense of community while still having access to the tremendous amount of resources offered on campus, within the Five Colleges, and beyond! I am back on campus after a wonderful semester in Stockholm, Sweden and am excited to reunite with friends and take on my senior thesis in sociology! If you have any questions about life at Amherst, think we may share a common interest, or would like a senior's perspective on college, feel free to reach out to!

Bonnie Lin '19 Name: Bonnie Lin ‘19
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major: Statistics
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?

I'm gonna let you in on a little secret: honestly, the hour allotted for a tour is not enough. Throughout my time at Amherst, the school's student body, academics, and resources have created a culture that has offered so much to me; there is just no easy way to condense my experience into sixty minutes. From the strong student-faculty relationships (I've sat a house, a dog, and children for various faculty members!) to going "abroad" to Taiwan, my family's home country, Amherst has made numerous unimaginable experiences not only imaginable, but attainable. Send over any of your Amherst-related inquiries to! Hope to meet you on campus sometime!

Kaelan McCone '19 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!

Ian Miller '19 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 or in the Admissions Office.

Gg Lucas-Narcisse '19 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 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
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!

Grace Orr '19 Name: Grace Orr ‘19
: 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!

Julia Pike Name: Julia Pike ‘19
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: English
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!

Molly Pines '19 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 I’m happy to talk about anything and everything Amherst!

Ethan Rosenthal '19 Name: Ethan Rosenthal ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: History
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 Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Dorit Song '19 Name: Dorit Song ‘19
: 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 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!

Allison Tennant 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?

Hello! My name is Allison and I’m a senior spending the year writing an Environmental Studies thesis on community forestry management in Madagascar. I come from a small town so I really appreciate the charm of Amherst and all the amazing restaurants in town! Thanks to Amherst, I was able to spend not only last fall semester, but also a month this past summer studying in Madagascar and falling in love with the island culture. Catch me on campus tossing around a frisbee on the freshmen quad, working to make the College more sustainable, or fully utilizing the open curriculum to try and figure what I want to do with my life. Feel free to reach out to if you’d like to talk more!

Yrenly Yuan '19 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

 Tour Guides - Class of 2020

Eliza Beebe '20
: Eliza Beebe ‘20
: 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 two 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 next two years here, as I know they 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!

Julia Cardenas '20 Name: Julia Cárdenas ‘20
: 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

Rachel Chaffin '20 Name: Rachel Chaffin ‘20
: Sacramento, California
Potential Majors: Psychology and French
Activities on campus: Diversity Intern (, 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 third 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. Two 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 if you have any specific questions! Hope to see you on campus soon.

McLean Cozine '20 Name: McLean Cozine ‘20
: 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.

Claire Dennis '20 Name: Claire Dennis ‘20
: 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 junior from the San Francisco Bay Area. It's hard to believe that I'm already halfway done with 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

Benedite Dieujuste '20 Name: Benedite Dieujuste ‘20
: 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!

Will Dunne '20

Name: Will Dunne ‘20
: 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 junior from Oak Park, Illinois. On my first visit to Amherst a couple 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 I’m happy to answer any of your questions!

Max Fox-Jurkowitz '20 Name: Max Fox-Jurkowitz ‘20
: 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 junior 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!

Nicole Frontero '20 Name: Nicole Frontero ‘20
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Majors: Psychology and Spanish
Activities on campus: Active Minds Co-Chair, member of La Casa, Interterm Musical
Hobbies: Dancing, listening to music, and exercising

Hi! I’m Nicole, a junior from Wellesley, Massachusetts. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here for many reasons. To start, the open curriculum has facilitated exploring disciplines that I have never been exposed to before. Secondly, Amherst is a beautiful place to live, and I am constantly astounded by the charm of our campus and the surrounding area. Thirdly, and perhaps most significantly, I enjoy being surrounded by the fantastically kind and inspiring individuals that constitute the Amherst community; my peers, the faculty, and the staff on campus make Amherst a truly special place to be. Furthermore, since Amherst is such a tight-knit community, I get to interact with these individuals on a frequent basis because I see them around campus all the time. I would love to speak to prospective students about Amherst! My contact information is

Daniel Lee '20 Name: Daniel Lee ‘20
: 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 junior 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!

Jiwoo Park '20 Name: Jiwoo Park ‘20
: 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 junior 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 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
: 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.
: 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.

Stuart Robbins Name: Stuart Robbins ‘20
: 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 two 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

Hayley Roy '20 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.

Audrey Stromberg '20 Name: Audrey Stromberg ‘20
: 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 junior 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 with any questions or just to talk Amherst!

Elizabeth Sturley '20

Name: Elizabeth Sturley ‘20
: 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!

Hana Teklu '20 Name: Hana Teklu ‘20
: 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 junior 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

Name: Estevan Velez ‘20
: Lee, MA
Potential Major(s): Anthropology
Activities on campus: Mens Varsity Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Amherst College Emergency Medical Services Director of recruitment/Head Teaching assistant, Resident Counselor
Hobbies: All things outdoors, Netflix, the NYT crossword

Hi! My name is Estevan and I am a rising junior at Amherst. I run year round for the mens runnings programs and specialize with the 800 meter race. I am an Anthropology major with hopes of entering into medical school after graduation. I will be spending a post bacc year at Amherst to continue my pre-med process, taking classes, preparing for the MCAT, applying to school, and doing community service in the medical field. I am very involved in the Amherst community and I couldn't be prouder to call it my home!

  Sarah Weintraub '20
: Sarah Weintraub ‘20
: 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 junior 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 with any questions about anything Amherst!

Morgan Yurosek '20 Name: Morgan Yurosek ‘20
: 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 junior 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!

Caleb Winfrey '20 Name: Caleb Winfrey ‘20
: 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! Go Mammoths!

Tour Guides - Class of 2021

Margaret Azu Name
: Margaret Azu ‘21
: Oxford, MA
Potential Majors: Psychology
Activities on campus: Orientation Leader, Resurrect (Amherst College Gospel Choir), Black Student Union, 3D (Difference for the Developmentally Disabled), Amherst Christian Fellowship, Remnant (Amherst’s Black Campus Ministries chapter)
Hobbies: Photography, cooking and baking, volleyball

Hi! I’m Maggie and I’m a sophomore from Oxford, Massachusetts. When applying to colleges, I was drawn to Amherst by the open curriculum, the diverse community, the amazing students and faculty I met, and the level of comfort I felt while being on campus. Ever since I arrived on campus last fall for orientation, I’ve felt very much at home and have come to love Amherst even more, as well as the people I have gotten to know here. I plan on majoring in psychology, although I have not declared yet. Outside of the time I spend in classes and studying in Frost, you can find me singing with Resurrect (the Amherst College Gospel Choir), lounging in the hammocks by the Greenway dorms, enjoying some fries from Keefe Cafe, or just walking around and admiring the beautiful campus! I look forward to meeting you and sharing more about my experience at Amherst with you! Feel free to send me an email at if you have any questions!

Armando Brito '21 Name: Armando Brito ‘21
: Miami, FL
Potential Majors: Economics and Sexuality, Women's & Gender Studies
Activities on campus: Student Health Educator (SHEs), Men's Rowing Team, La Causa
Hobbies: Rewatching The Office, yoga, and listening to reggaeton
Favorite question asked on tours: Where is your favorite place to eat in town? (The Lone Wolf)

Hi, my name is Armando and I'm originally from Caracas, Venezuela but lived most of my life in Miami. It was during move in day at a Spanish speaking families reception that I knew Amherst and I were meant to be. I was told "esto es tu casa" (this is your home), and it has been so much more. From having an inspiring seminar professor who encouraged me to take advantage of the open curriculum and pursue a second major, to friends who want to have picnics on the quad, and crying from laughter with teammates over movies, I know Amherst has been the place for me to grow academically and personally. Amherst to me means the smell of fresh air at the end of a hiking trail, the changing colors of the leaves, talking to really excited alumni, the cheers you yell with friends at homecoming, and the passion in the teacher’s eyes that’s mirrored by the students. If you have any questions about the school feel free to email me at!

Bridget Carmichael '21 Name: Bridget Carmichael ‘21
: Hamilton, NJ
Potential Major: Psychology
Activities on campus: DASAC, Intersections Dance Company, Black Student Union, Partners for Animal Welfare
Hobbies: Parlo italiano, dancing, photography, walking my fur baby, taking power naps
Favororite question asked on tours: "How'd you manage to get a dog on Campus?

Buon giorno! I'm Bridget and I'm currently a sophomore at Amherst College. I am a Psychology major with a strong academic interest in Italian Language and Cultural Studies which I am able to pursue through the Five College Consortium here. But what I am most passionate about? My fur baby, Capri. Named after the beautiful island in Italy, Capri is a 9 month old Cavapoo puppy who lives with me here on campus. She's a big hit on campus and loves all the pets and treats she receives from students when we go on walks around campus. You can find Capri and I on the first year quad doing some homework or walking around Pratt field for football games! Feel free to reach out with questions, or just to say hi at Ciao!

Joshua Choi '21 Name: Joshua Choi ‘21
: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Religious Studies on Pre-Med track
Activities on campus: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services, Korean Student Association, Reader to Reader
Hobbies: Basketball, reading, chess, calligraphy, and spontaneous walks to cvs to avoid doing homework 
Favorite question asked on tours: Is it always this cold?

Hi! My name is Joshua Choi and I am from Los Angeles, California. I applied to Amherst because I was looking for a tight-knit community that provided excellent academic opportunities. Amherst has not left me disappointed. Taking advantage of Amherst’s location, I could enjoy breaks from the schoolwork with walks through the woods while also organizing trips to cities like Boston or New York. Amherst College’s open curriculum gave me the chance to take classes that I would have never had the opportunity to otherwise and explore different fields of study that I was completely unfamiliar with. Small class sizes have let me connect with my professors on levels not possible at other schools. From trying out the East Coast lifestyle with new friends to receiving individualized attention from professors, my time at Amherst has been an unforgettable experience so far.

Vivian Cordon '21 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 sophomore. 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!

Thomas D'Arile Name
: Thomas D’Aprile ‘21
: Chicago, IL
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought with Five College Certificate in Culture, Health and Science
Activities on campus: Route 9 (one of two all-male a cappella groups on campus), Amherst College Emergency Medical Service, Voices of the Class, Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program
Hobbies: Cooking, playing piano, embarrassing myself, and using my French press 
Favorite question asked on tours: Did you have to train to walk backwards?

Hey all! I'm Thomas, a sophomore and ardent supporter of all things Chicago. After graduating from a school that fed from all parts of the city, I knew I would need a college that was equally diverse. Here in such a close-knit community, we all celebrate and cherish each other's differences. Amherst students know that together, not apart, we change the world. In my studies I take advantage of our open curriculum daily. As I study the hard sciences for pre-med and legal systems I realize that logic and creativity overlap. Otherwise, on campus you may find me arranging music at a table in Beneski, jamming on a piano in the basement of Jearns, or putting some strange variety of spices on Val's lighter-side catfish. One of my favorite activities running among fall's changing leaves on the bike trail. I am so grateful to Amherst Select, our school's internship program, for exposing me to HIV-related health disparities in my hometown. I can't wait for three more years of learning, goofing-off, and East-coasters saying "word" to everything. Please shoot me an email at with any questions – I love to chat!

Rafaela Demerath '21 Name: Rafi Demerath ‘21
: Shreveport, LA
Potential Majors: Sociology and Political Science
Activities on campus: Bluestockings (one of two all-female a cappella groups), Women's Crew Team, La Causa
Hobbies: Podcasts (Invisibilia and Radiolab are some favorites), rewatching New Girl, thrifting, and eating Takis

Hi! My name is Rafi and I am a sophomore from the southern paradise of Northern Louisiana. Already within my first year I have been welcomed into so many accepting communities like the crew team, Blue Sox, and even the floor I live on (South fourth floor represent!). I absolutely love that there is no limit to the communities you can continuously make here at Amherst. Being far away from home is easy with such a supportive group of people always there for me. I can't wait for the next three years here and all the memories I'll get to make here at Amherst! I would love to answer any questions you may have, you can reach me at

Sarah Gayer '21 Name: Sarah Gayer ‘21
: Millbrae, CA
Potential Major: Biology
Activities on campus: Cross Country, Track and Field, SAAC, Amherst Dance, Amherst Connects
Hobbies: Hiking, Painting my nails, Listening to podcasts, Crafting
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you decide to come to Amherst?

Hi, I'm Sarah, and I'm a sophomore from the San Francisco Bay Area of California! I really wanted to try something new when I came to college, so I decided to travel across the country to Amherst. Everyday I am grateful that I chose this school. The professors are always very helpful, the campus is beautiful, the community is close, and the people are great! The open curriculum is one of my favorite aspects of the classes here, and I am enjoying using it to its fullest potential. When I'm not studying, you can catch me running cross country and track! I also participate in Amherst Dance and Amherst Connects. I hope you enjoy Amherst as much as I do, please feel free to email me with any questions at!

Benjamin Gilsdorf '21 Name: Ben Gilsdorf ‘21
: Amherst, MA
Potential Majors: History and Russian
Activities on campus: AAS Student Senate, Amherst College Democrats, Amherst Political Union, Club Sailing, Intramural Soccer, Bird Watching Club
Hobbies: Bird watching, poker, critiquing Bond films, Val Sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Why do you go here if you live here?

Hey everyone! I'm Ben, a sophomore all the way from Amherst, Massachusetts. I'm going to be majoring in History and Russian here at Amherst. I was lucky enough to take classes at Amherst while I was in high school (also in Amherst) which exposed me to the open curriculum and small class sizes, and ultimately led me to apply. I've had a great time meeting people who are both just like me and the complete opposite, and I love the Amherst community on campus. In my free time I like to disappoint my intramural soccer team, play bad basketball, and I'm a member of the Amherst College Democrats, the student Senate, and the Amherst Political Union as well. I can't wait to show you guys Amherst, and answer all your questions (especially about the town of Amherst!)

Elly Hong Name
: Elly Hong ‘21
: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Undecided
Activities on campus: Fencing, Spanish Language House, Ushering, Mentor
Hobbies:Reading, Writing, Drawing and Painting, Listening to Podcasts

Hey guys! My name’s Elly and I’m a sophomore from Los Angeles, California (Pasadena specifically for any fellow Angelenos out there). I'm still not 100% certain on my major, but I'm very passionate about the arts and humanities. I chose Amherst for the breadth offered by the open curriculum, its reputation for academic rigor, and the diversity of its student body. I’ve been able to take classes as diverse as theater, Chinese, and psychology as early as the first semester of freshman year while making friends from all over the country and world. But my favorite thing about Amherst is its strong sense of community. One of the blessings of a small college is that you see your friends constantly, and as soon as the first few weeks Amherst started feeling like home. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions! I’m happy to chat anytime, and I hope to see you at Amherst!

Lauren Lamb '21 Name: Lauren Lamb ‘21
: Weston, CT
Potential Majors: American Studies, Anthropology, or Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Varsity Track and Field, Eco Reps, Athletes and Allies
Hobbies: petting dogs/cats, listening to Hamilton, watching Black Mirror, baking and eating sweets

Hi! My name is Lauren Lamb, and I am a sophomore from Connecticut. I spent four years at boarding school in New England, so in many ways Amherst is quite similar, but in other ways, Amherst is very different, but I love both. On campus, I run on the Varsity track and field team and help promote environmental sustainability as an Eco Rep. When I’m not running or explaining the importance of bee conservation and downsizing, I like to walk to town for a donut at Glazed or the bike trail with my friends. I love the open curriculum at Amherst, so I can focus on classes in areas I’m passionate about, while feeling free to explore other disciplines. The people at Amherst are what really make the college special. Everyone is driven and passionate, while also quirky and caring. I find myself spending way too long in the dining hall talking to my friends about everything and anything. I’m looking forward to studying abroad my junior year and meeting a lot more people on campus. I’m excited to share my experiences at Amherst with you, so if you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Hunter Lampson '21 Name: Hunter Lampson ‘21
: Portland, OR
Potential Majors: Anthropology, Environmental Studies
Activities on campus: Executive Board Member of Amherst College Pride Alliance, Member of the Amherst College Senate, Member of Athletes and Allies, Member of the Amherst Political Union, Member of the Eco-Reps
Favorite question asked on tours: THIS is a lecture hall?

Hello! My name is Hunter, and I’m from Portland, Oregon. At Amherst, I serve on the Amherst College Senate and the executive board of the Amherst College Pride Alliance. As a sophomore, I have enjoyed taking many courses in differing departments and have come to love the ways in which my classes in seemingly disparate disciplines connect with one another. Each morning I wake up I am excited to be at Amherst, and I hope to be able to convey my love for the college as a tour guide. Amherst is a special place, created and sustained by the special people who are part of it. If you have any questions feel free to reach me at Happy touring!

Margot Lurie '21 Name: Margot Lurie ‘21
: 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 sophomore 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!

Jake Name
: Jake Montes-Adams '21
: Escondido, CA
Potential Majors: Political Science
Activities on campus: Indigenous & Native Citizens Association; La Causa, intramural soccer
Hobbies: Collecting vinyl, listening to podcasts, geography trivia
Favorite question asked on tours: Where is your favourite place to study on campus?

Hello! My name is Jake Montes-Adams and I am a sophomore here at Amherst College from San Diego County, California. I am a declared political science major, but I have also had the opportunity to take classes in diverse areas of interest from architectural studies to sexuality, women's, and gender studies. I also took a geography class at UMass last semester, which was a fantastic way to spend some time off campus and to explore in a classroom setting a niche interest of mine that I'd previously never had the opportunity to formally study. After I graduate, I hope to work abroad as a policy researcher and advocate for human rights and/or labour rights, but I am also interested in investigative journalism. When I'm not studying or at work, I like to listen to selections from my record collection, watch YouTube videos, and listen to podcasts. I love to travel (I've been to 26 states plus DC!), I'm a huge baseball and soccer fan, and I visit every art museum I can find. This year I'm be living in Marsh Arts House and hope to develop my prose writing and photography skills while continuing to explore across the curriculum and around the Five Colleges.

Lea Morin Name
: Lea Morin ‘21
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Potential Majors: Latinx and Latin American Studies, Sociology
Activities on campus: Diversity Intern, RC of a Theme House, student worker in the Office of Campus Diversity and Student Leadership (CDSL)
Hobbies: Screaming about Texas, meeting different people and being in community with them, having conversations from 7:00 PM TO 7:00 AM, reading, going to the gym

Hello! My name is Lea Morin and I am a second year at Amherst College. I was born and raised in the Lone Star State and could not be prouder. Yet I decided to attend college thousands of miles away from Texas because I could not resist the allure of Amherst. I participated in DIVOH and fell head over heels for the campus and the people brought together by the college. Amherst offers an exceptional academic atmosphere as well as a diverse community which proves conducive for intellectual and personal growth. Amherst’s community was its greatest attractive force for me as well as my favorite aspect of the college because my undergraduate experience is about far more than just acquiring a degree. I have the incredible opportunity of learning and growing with a diverse array of people I would not have encountered elsewhere which has broadened my personal horizons. I love discussing Amherst and I would like the opportunity to do so with prospective students or their parents and may be contacted at I am excited to share my experiences with you!

Abigail Offei-Addo Name
: Abigail Offei-Addo '21
Hometown: North Billerica, MA
Potential Majors: English and Classics
Activities on campus:Resurrect Gospel Choir, Remnant (Black Christian Fellowship), Amherst Christian Fellowship, and the English Department Student Steering Committee
Hobbies:Crafting, Drawing, Reading, Sleeping, going to GoBerry with friends, and Singing
Favorite question asked on tours: Is everyone on campus as lovely as you?

Hey! My name is Abigail Offei-Addo, and I am a sophomore here at Amherst. I first learned of Amherst when two of my older brothers decided to attend Amherst and its rival school (which shall not be named). As I learned about the opportunities that Amherst offered academically, I decided to apply. Now that I'm here, I can't imagine being anywhere else; the friends that I've made, the professors I've interacted with, and the classes that I’ve taken make being here on campus truly worth it. I can genuinely say that I’ve found a family here, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Normally, I try to focus more on the academic side of life, but when I need to procrastinate (which is often), YouTube, Spotify, anime, and K-dramas are my go-to’s. I also enjoy playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, talking about the latest video game developments, and debating random topics. I was a part of Women’s Club Soccer for a hot second, but I am more than willing to talk about anything from football to water polo. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have any questions about Amherst.

Matthew Sanders '21 Name: Matt Sanders ‘21
Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ
Potential Major: Economics
Activities on campus: Student Senate, Men's Varsity Swim Team, Judiciary Council
Hobbies: Traveling, Talking about Cars, Swimming

My favorite class at Amherst has been Reading, Writing, and Teaching with Professor Sanchez-Eppler. My class had dinner at our professor's house three times, and each dinner was homemade and delicious! We also had the opportunity to get off campus each week and tutor adult students in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Lorelle Sang '21 Name: Lorelle Sang ‘21
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Potential Majors: Neuroscience and Music
Activities on campus: Women’s Chorus, Theatre Productions, The Roosevelt Institute
Hobbies: Singing/Music in General, Pretendig to be a Yoga Instructor, Running, Watching Niche Netflix Documentaries

Hi! My name is Lorelle Sang and I’m a sophomore from Brooklyn, New York. I’m planning on double majoring in Neuroscience and Music. I was immediately attracted to Amherst because of the open curriculum. I really liked having lot’s of control over what I studied, and since coming to Amherst have met so many encouraging people who have helped me continue to pursue my interests and passions to the best of my ability. If you have any questions about my experience at Amherst send me an email at!

Jeremy Thomas Name
: Jeremy Thomas ‘21
Hometown: Houston, TX
Potential Majors: English & Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus: Mock Trial A-Team Captain, Black Student Union Secretary, Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, Residence Counselor, Club Soccer, Council of Amherst College Student Athletes of Color, and Political Science Research Assistant
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Prisoner Advocacy, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Howdy! I'm a second-year from Houston, Texas double majoring in English & Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. I love it here and I'm sure you will, too! I have a strong interest in domestic and international human rights--grounded in American carceral practices. With the open curriculum, I've had the studied subjects I have legitimate interest in--without worrying about fulfilling tedious general education requirements. Although it's a far cry from Houston, Amherst is my home away from home--thanks to all the genuine, kind people here. If you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail at I'm more than happy to talk about anything from Toni Morrison to what Kim's entrepreneurial spirit.

Jack Vasquez '21 Name: Jack Vasquez ‘21
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Potential Majors: Economics and Mathematics 
Activities on campus: Amherst College Outing Club, Investment Club, and Amherst College Republicans
Hobbies: Mountain climbing, coin collecting, chess

Hi guys! My name is Jack Vasquez, and I am a sophomore at Amherst College. I came to Amherst because I wanted a small liberal arts college that would both support me in my academic and career endeavors and challenge me to grow intellectually. In these respects, Amherst has far exceeded my expectations. My favorite part of the college is its professors. They always seem to go out of their way to help students who ask for it, but at the same time will challenge students to see the world in a different way. I have also found the career center at Amherst extremely helpful, especially coming into college not really knowing what I wanted to do after college. If you decide to come to Amherst College, I'm confident you'll find the students and professors at the college will provide you a top-notch experience. If you have any questions about life at Amherst or the application process, don't hesitate to email me at Best of luck!

Rebecca Wistreich '21 Name: Rebecca Wistreich ‘21
Hometown: Westport, CT
Potential Majors: Political Science or History
Activities on campus: Women’s Lacrosse, Executive Board of the Amherst Political Union, Research Assistant Political Science
Hobbies: Skiing, being outdoors, traveling, and reading
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?

Hi! My name is Rebecca Wistreich and I am a sophomore at Amherst. Amherst is truly a special place and I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to study here. The academics are unparalleled because of each student’s ability to explore using the open curriculum, which is great if you aren’t sure what exactly you want to study like me. In addition, I am continually astounded with the dedication of the professors. Being able to sit down and meet with professors one on one shows the value that each and every one of them place on the success of their sutdents. I love how at Amherst I can be a member of the lacrosse team which serves as a small community for me but also be a member of clubs and other communities on campus too, like APU. If you have any questions feel free to email me at

Benjamin Yared '21 Name: Ben Yared ‘21
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Potential Majors: Economics and Political Science
Activities on campus: Amherst Political Union (Executive Board), Sports Business and Analytics Club, Orientation Leader, Baseball
Hobbies: Sports, music, reading

Hi! My name is Ben and from the moment I visited Amherst I fell in love with the college. Back home in Michigan, however, very few people have heard of this “little” school. Despite that, I’m so happy I came to Amherst, as it has been everything I’d hoped for and more. There is a unique and strong sense of community that makes the Amherst experience very enriching. The entire student body is so friendly, and the professors genuinely care about their students, even outside the classroom. The open curriculum is allowing me to easily pursue a double major while still taking many other fascinating classes outside my majors. The college also provides so many non-academic opportunities for all students to get involved in every aspect of college life. Amherst is a place where you can truly come to grow and discover what you’re passionate about. I love to talk about Amherst, so if you’d like to talk about academics, student life, sports, political activity or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact me! My email is

Lisa Zhuetlin '21 Name: Lisa Zheutlin ‘21
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Potential Majors: History, Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, or Studio Art
Activities on campus: Mr. Gad's House of Improv, Outreach Coordinator for the Reproductive Justice Alliance (yay, feminism!), writer for the Amherst Student, Associate Editor for the Indicator, member of Amherst College Democrats, Hillel
Hobbies: Eating Domino's lava cakes, smashing the patriarchy
Favorite question asked on tours: How's the winter?

Hi! I’m Lisa, a sophomore from Florida (yes, I am adjusting to the weather here!). As you saw above, I am interested in many subjects so I’m not sure what I am going to major in yet, but the open curriculum here is helping me figure that out! It’s super easy to get involved in extracurriculars at Amherst. I’m passionate about intersectional feminism so I’m in the Reproductive Justice Alliance, and I love writing so I am a writer for the Amherst Student (our newspaper) and an editor for The Indicator (our magazine). Also, I had never done improv comedy before coming to college but now I'm a part of our improv group on campus called Mr. Gad's. Besides those fun tidbits, I pride myself in being a lava cake enthusiast and you’ll probably see me around campus in colorful, funky outfits. My favorite parts about Amherst are the quad, the size, the people, the professors, and the sense of community here. I want you to love Amherst too, so feel free to email me if you have any questions at