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?
My name is James Flatow, and I’m a junior 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, though the open curriculum has cultivated academic interests across several departments. In addition to giving tours, I’m an EMT with and member of the Board of Directors of ACEMS (Amherst College Emergency Medical Services). Though schoolwork and extracurriculars claim most of my time, I’m never 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 email@example.com.
Name: Kathleen Maeder ‘20
Hometown: San Pedro, CA
Majors: Political Science and Environmental Studies
Activities on campus: Writer for The Amherst Student, Eco-Reps, Women's Ultimate Frisbee
Hobbies: Hiking, podcasts, reading, video games, running
Hey everyone! My name is Kathleen, and I am a sophomore at Amherst College. While I haven't declared my major yet, I am currently planning on majoring in both Political Science and Environmental Studies. I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and moving from an industrial port town outside of LA to a rural college town on the East Coast has been an amazing journey (for those of you thinking about moving to Amherst from the West Coast, don't worry, the weather really isn't too bad once you get used to it!). My favorite aspect of the Amherst campus culture is how students are encouraged to branch out and experience new things, both in an academic sense with the Open Curriculum, and in extracurriculars. I absolutely love talking about Amherst, my majors, and my personal experience here on campus, so please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have!
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
Major: Linguistics with a Concentration in Neuroscience
Activities on campus: Amherst Christian Fellowship, Glee Club, Outing Club, WAMH 89.3 Radio DJ, German Club, French Club
Hobbies: Playing basketball, reading, watching movies, hiking, camping, canoeing
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! I’m taking advantage of Amherst's open curriculum and the Five College Consortium; I enjoy getting off campus a few times every week for my linguistics classes at UMass. I am currently creating an interdisciplinary major, "Linguistics with a Concentration in Neuroscience," which incorporates classes at Amherst, UMass, and University of Goettingen, where I'll be studying abroad in the spring. Currently participating in the college radio station, Glee Club, Outing Club, Amherst Christian Fellowship, and ~mildly~ the French and German Clubs, I am very involved on campus. 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
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 email@example.com. 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
Hi! I'm Mikayla Gordon Wexler, and I am a current junior from West Hartford, Connecticut (about an hour directly south of Amherst). I spent my fall semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary, and I am super excited to be back on campus! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about studying abroad, being premed with a humanities major, or any other concern!
Name: Diane Lee ‘19
Hometown: Norwood, NJ
Activities on campus: Women's and Gender Center, The Amherst Student, Consulting Club, First-Year Outdoor Orientation (FOOT) Leader, Outing Club
Hobbies: Writing, running, hiking, playing the cello, watching Real Housewives, spending time with Amherst town residents at the Amherst Survival Center
Favorite question asked on tours: Are first-year rooms always this big? (the answer is no)
Hey! I'm Diane, a junior from New Jersey. I'm currently majoring in English, though the open curriculum has allowed me to take classes across 11 (and counting!) departments. Amherst is one of the few small schools I applied to, and I couldn't be happier that I can call this place home. From eating cider donuts at Fall Fest with my professor's kids to having a heated debate in Frost Library with some friends, I love Amherst's traditions and community. I also love the balance between academic drive and support that my peers demonstrate. I think it makes Amherst a special place to not only learn new things, but also watch others grow with you. On campus, I write and edit for the college's newspaper and work as a student Program Coordinator for our Women's and Gender Center. See you on campus!
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, AC Public Health Collaborative
Hobbies: Attending interesting talks, Spontaneous dance and karaoke sessions, Arts and crafts
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 junior from Greensboro, NC. On campus, I am involved in Choral Society, the AC Public Health Collaborative, Project Salud, and the Roosevelt Institute. I also work as a student researcher for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 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 spent the past summer interning in Lima, Peru, and am excited to study abroad in Stockholm during the Spring 2018 semester. If you have any questions about life at Amherst, think we may share a common interest, or would like a junior’s perspective on college, feel free to reach out to email@example.com!
Name: Bonnie Lin ‘19
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Women in Science, Public Health Collaborative, HerCampus, Budgetary Clerk, Reader to Reader, Not Bread Alone
Hobbies: Biking, listening to instrumental music, Google searches, and scrolling through Pinterest and Quora.
Favorite question asked on tours: What did you do in Amherst all summer?
Hello! A year's worth of time isn't enough for me to believe that I'm 2,995 miles from home. During the school year, I flew home once for a little over a week, but enjoyed Amherst enough to stay on campus for the entire summer, interning at the Admissions Office. Amherst has given me the chance to develop existing academic and non-academic interests, ranging from laboratory work to mentoring elementary school students. Classes, like Happiness and Representing Illness, have introduced me to novel topics, while on campus groups have exposed new experiences for me. I promise that I will get super excited to see something in my inbox from any prospective student with any questions or even a cheesy joke. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and prepare to be amazed.
Name: Kaelan McCone ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Majors: Mathematics, French, and Political Science
On-Campus Activities: QuestBridge Scholars, Association of Amherst Students (AAS)
Hobbies: Figure Skating, Netflix, YouTube
Favorite question asked on tours: How'd you end up at Amherst?
Originally from Greensboro, NC, I actually found out about this school by accidentally applying to a fly-in program in my senior year of high school. Ever since I first set foot on campus, I've been in love. Since coming here, I'm constantly amazed at the sense of community I feel here. One of the best elements of the school itself is the freedom to know people outside of your major, and the ability to take courses outside of your major as well! One of my favorite things to do on campus is to go to the ice rink and practice skating in between classes, which is surprisingly empty and fun! As a sophomore, I've had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of events on campus, and am looking forward to my next three years here!
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 junior 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 junior 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 2 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 sophomore 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 junior English major. Here on campus, I'm on Amherst College's 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, read, and watch Game of Thrones. Last year I lived in Marsh, the Arts theme house, and I'll be studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden, in Fall 2017. 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 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 junior from a small suburb of San Francisco (and I will always be a West Coaster at heart, no matter how much I love Amherst). I'm majoring in English and Spanish, and at school when I’m not eating, sleeping, or studying, I also swim breaststroke for our Varsity Swim & Dive Team and participate in Amherst Dance. If you have any questions about Amherst in general or about my specific interests, don’t hesitate to contact me at 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, Amherst Political Union, Poker Club, Investment Club, College Republicans
Hobbies: Skiing, Watching any sport on TV
Favorite question asked on tours: How does town life in Amherst compare to being home in New York City?
Hi! My name is Ethan Rosenthal, and I am a junior 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 as well as participated in various intramural sports. Both my studies and extra-curricular activities have been typical of my 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 me an email at email@example.com. Looking forward to seeing you on campus!
Name: Andrew Sommer ‘19
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
Majors: Computer Science and Asian Languages & Civilizations
On-Campus Activities: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Outing Club, Computer Science TA, Varsity Football
Hobbies: Hiking, Biking, Cooking, and Traveling
Favorite question asked on tours: You play football?!
Amherst College is a special kind of place. It's one of the few places that has succeeded in bringing people from different backgrounds together while providing them an open forum to share their stories and experiences. There are so many fascinating and exciting people at Amherst, so any time I can just meet someone new and listen to what they have to say, that is something I truly love. That's probably why I love tour guiding too! I get to hear all of the fantastic stories and places that our prospective students have been to - It's like a sneak peek into Amherst's future, and it's always satisfying-ly bright. Terras Irradient. If you have any questions about Amherst or are interested in talking to a current Amherst student, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can't wait to see all of 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 junior 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 email@example.com 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: Silvia Sotolongo ‘19
Hometown: Durham, NC
Majors: Statistics and Sociology
On-Campus Activities: AAS Student Government, La Causa, Amherst Dance, Statistics Fellows
Hobbies: Drinking coffee, painting my nails, reading, watching Duke basketball
Favorite question asked on tours: When is your favorite time to be on campus?
Hey y'all! My name is Silvia and I'm a junior here at Amherst. I'm from Durham, North Carolina and in high school I did a semester in D.C. at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. Though I'm abroad this fall (2017) in Havana, Cuba, I'll be back on campus in the spring where I'll be involved in La Causa (the Latino Affinity Group on campus), possibly the Student Government, and our all-inclusive dance group on campus: Amherst Dance. I love to eat and drink coffee in town and am happy to give any recommendations! If anyone has questions about life at Amherst, studying abroad, the Statistics and Sociology majors, or anything else you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Name: Allison Tennant ‘19
Hometown: Roscoe, IL
Majors: Environmental Studies and French
On-Campus Activities: Green Amherst Project, Eco-Reps, Sparkle Motion Women's Ultimate Team, Amherst Dance, Outing Club
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, cooking
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite place to eat in town?
Hello! My name is Allison and I am junior. The charm of Amherst reminds me of my small hometown in Illinois even though it can’t compete with the scenic beauty found here. I am an Environmental Studies and French double major and am also looking into taking advantage of the Five College Consortium with a certificate in International Relations. I plan to fully utilize the open curriculum to take classes in as many departments as possible. Outside of the classroom, I love playing Ultimate Frisbee on Sparkle Motion women's team, being involved in environmental action with the Green Amherst Project and the Office of Environmental Sustainability, exploring the Pioneer Valley with the Outing Club, and trying to figure out how to incorporate dance classes into my busy schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Name: Alexandra Theall ‘19
Hometown: Newton, MA
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), Charles Drew Health Professionals Society, Biology TA
Hobbies: Baking, reading, Val sitting
Favorite Question Asked on Tours: What's life like as a STEM major at a Liberal Arts College?
Hi everyone! My name is Alexandra Theall, and I'm a junior from Newton, Massachusetts. In my first two years at Amherst, I have come to love the familiar sights and sounds of our awesome little campus. I'm a Biology major, a pre-health student, and aspiring physician. On campus (other than being a tour guide), I serve as a Charles Drew Health Professionals Society co-president and am also currently a member of ACEMS, Amherst's student run EMS organization, so you may see me around campus wearing blue! I also serve on the ACEMS Board of Directors, am a TA for the ACEMS interterm EMT-certification course, and am a Biology TA. I love to bake, read, and hang out with friends. I’m so excited to share our college with you, and if you have any questions about life at Amherst as a young woman, as a student transitioning from single-sex education to a co-ed learning environment, as a pre-health or STEM student, or just in general, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Name: Yrenly Yuan ‘19
Hometown: Davis, CA
Major(): Biology and Anthropology
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Track and Field, Amherst Intramurals, TEDxAmherst, Design Thinking Challenge at the Center for Community Engagement
Hobbies: Reading late at night, petting dogs, making caramel in Val, and eating my way around town
Favorite question asked on tours: What do you love most about Amherst?
Hi everyone! I'm a junior 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 (indoor season was completely new to me!), or anything else, please feel free to email me at email@example.com!