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.

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Head Tour Guides

 

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Name: Malia Chun
Hometown
: Palo Alto, California
Major: Political Science
Activities on campus
: Mock Trial, Native and Indigenous Student Association, AC Democrats
Hobbies
: Skiing, running, baking, reading, spending time with friends! 

Hi! My name is Malia Chun and I am a junior from Palo Alto, California. I am a political science major and have taken extensive coursework in economics. On campus I am involved in Mock Trial, the Native and Indigenous Student Association, and AC Dems (Amherst’s Democrats Club). When I was looking at colleges, I was looking for a school that felt like home while also providing the best academic opportunities and Amherst was the perfect fit for me. Amherst students and faculty are all super welcoming, kind and driven and the liberal arts education, strong alumni network and a warm, collaborative atmosphere was hard to pass up! One of my favorite parts of Amherst so far has been the open curriculum as I have gotten the opportunity to take really interesting classes in many areas. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends in a common room, watching Netflix or reading on my bed, or running on the bike trail. Feel free to email me at mchun24@amherst.edu if you have any questions about my Amherst experience!


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Name: Maxim Melnichuk '24 (he/him/his) 
Languages spoken: English, Russian, Korean
Hometown
: Demarest, New Jersey
Majors
: Neuroscience and English
Activities on campus
: Student Researcher and Lab Assistant, Chabad Nation, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), Education Professions Fellowship, The Beneski Museum of Natural History, Charles Drew Health Professions Society, Neuroscience and Chemistry Steering Committees, First Generation and/or Low-Income Student Organization, Badminton Club, Skateboarding Club, Rock Climbing Club
Hobbies: Swimming, rock climbing, cooking

Hey everyone! My name is Maxim, and I’m a junior here at Amherst. In the past few years, I’ve been immersed in the enriching community and atmosphere of growth and curiosity that defines our college. From the kind and driven student body to the passionate and caring faculty, my time here has brought me to call this place home. I’m grateful for Amherst's flexible curriculum; I can be pre-med and a double major while still receiving all the support I need to learn and succeed. Amherst is a generous place that helps students dare, dream, and discover. I love and appreciate our college, so if you have any questions about Amherst or just want to reach out, feel free to email me at mmelnichuk24@amherst.edu!


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Name: Inés Rossi '25 (she/her/hers)
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown: New York, New York
Prospective Majors
: Latinx and Latin American Studies and Black Studies
Activities on campus
: Amherst Association for Women in STEM (AWIS), Charles Drew Health Professionals Society, and Reproductive Justice Alliance
Hobbies
: taking long walks, solving NYT crosswords, working out, and lying on the floor of Frost (our library!)

Hi everyone! My name is Inés and I’m a sophomore from New York City. I fell in love with Amherst during A2A (our diversity outreach program), and from the striking sunsets behind Johnson Chapel to my amazing community of friends, I couldn’t be happier with my experience so far. The open curriculum has been amazing: the professors are passionate about the subjects they teach, and I can explore a wide range of courses even as a pre-med student. Outside of class, you’ll find me studying in the Science Center’s green comfy chairs, running to the gym in shorts on the coldest winter days, hanging out with my friends on the quad, and sitting on the ground as I try desperately to walk back up to my dorm (which HAS to have the highest elevation on all of Amherst’s campus). Coming from an NYC public school, Amherst has been an amazing change and journey so far, and I’m only just getting started! I love talking about all things Amherst, so if you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out to me at irossi25@amherst.edu!

Tour Guides - Class of 2024

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Name: Brooke Alexander '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Columbus, Ohio
Prospective Majors
: Math and Political Science
Activities on campus
: Club Soccer, Club Crew, Smart Women Securities, Amherst Connects
Hobbies
: running, reading, baking, spending time with friends, getting outside

Hi! My name is Brooke Alexander and I am a junior from Columbus, Ohio. I came to Amherst because I really wanted to have a small college experience. I like that when I walk around campus, I see familiar faces, that I have access to incredible professors and small classes, and that I can get involved in campus life in many different ways, even as a first-year. I was definitely nervous to leave home and come to school on the east coast, but the Amherst community has been the most welcoming and caring group I have ever been a part of. The people I have met are all driven, diverse in all senses of the word, excited about what they are learning (in part due to the open curriculum), and also are invested in their activities outside of class. They are kind and push me to be the best version of myself. Outside of academics, I enjoy getting outside, running, reading, make-shift dorm baking / cooking, participating in club sports, and spending time with friends. I have had a great experience so far and I am really excited for what the next semesters will bring!


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Name: Isaac Bindman '24 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken: English, German
Hometown
: New York, New York
Prospective Majors
: History and German
Activities on campus
: A Better Chance Tutoring, Education Professions Fellowship, Amherst Political Union, Amherst Quizbowl
Hobbies
: Reading, jogging, following soccer, adding more posters for my room

Hi! My name is Isaac Bindman and I am a junior here at Amherst. Even though I visited almost 25 colleges, picking Amherst was a very easy decision for me. I was immediately drawn to the welcoming environment and the flexible yet rigorous academic curriculum. I am so grateful for the kind and motivated students I have met, as well as the hugely supportive faculty. On campus, you will probably find me plugged into an audiobook with my ninth cup of Earl Grey tea of the day, or maybe on the third floor of Frost library with an obscure German text. Please feel free to contact me at ibindman24@amherst.edu to ask about any aspect of academics, student life, or maybe the time I dressed up as President Biddy Martin for Halloween. Amherst is everything I hoped it would be and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!


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Name: CiCi Curran '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: McLean, Virginia
Prospective Majors
: Asian Languages and Civilizations and Psychology; the Five College Culture, Health, and Sciences Certificate
Activities on campus
: Women's Soccer Team, At-Large Member of Title IX Student Senate Committee, 3D: Difference for the Developmentally Disabled, Amherst LEADS, and AC Public Health Collaborative
Hobbies
: Food (cooking and eating!), true crime podcasts, and getting active in any way!

Hi! My name is CiCi and I'm a junior at Amherst College. I came to Amherst in the hopes of getting to know people from diverse backgrounds (whether that be ethnic, political, you name it) in the intimate environment of a small college, and that's exactly what I've gotten. It seems every day there's something new small thing to love about it here. From talking through my favorite book with a pod-mate until 10 PM, to getting sunburnt from playing spike ball for one hour too many on the quad, there are so many experiences and opportunities to love about Amherst and the community it fosters. I have so many different interests that I've only just begun to explore at Amherst so I would love to share my experiences with anyone willing to listen! Please don't hesitate to email me at ccurran24@amherst.edu!


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Name: Ari Dengler '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Boise, Idaho
Prospective Majors
: English
Activities on campus
: Amherst Club Rowing, Food Justice Alliance, Amherst Connects
Hobbies
: Weightlifting, writing, watching movies & tv shows, making art

Hey there! My name is Ari and I'm from Boise, Idaho. I'm a junior at Amherst College and have absolutely loved my experience so far. Despite the restrictions of the pandemic, I have made so many amazing friends and developed such a strong sense of community at Amherst. On campus, you'll likely catch me walking on the bike path with friends, in the freshmen quad dominating at Spikeball, or at Late Night devouring mozzarella sticks. When it’s homework grind time, you can find me in Frost Library or the Science Center working on assignments for my courses that are so interdisciplinary and niche that they practically scream “liberal arts!”. (I love my weird, niche classes, but if that’s not your thing, there’s ‘normal’ classes too). The professors at Amherst are encouraging and supporting, and the open curriculum ensures that the people in your class actually want to be there. Both socially and academically, I am so grateful I chose to be a mammoth! If you have any questions about the Amherst experience, please reach out to me at adengler24@amherst.edu.


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Name: Jackeline Fernandes '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Port Washington, New York
Prospective Majors
: English and Psychology
Activities on campus
: The Amherst Student (Newspaper), The Indicator (Literary Magazine), CARC peer mentor, tour guide, WAMH Radio, Bluestockings A Capella
Hobbies
: Dancing, writing, reading, running on the bike trail, and calculating the right ratio of ice cream to chocolate milk at Val to make milkshakes!
Favorite question asked on tours: What is the typical Amherst student like?

Hi! My name is Jackie and I'm currently a junior here at Amherst College. I'm from Port Washington, New York—a humid yet scenic waterfront town out in the Long Island suburbs. In typical English major fashion, you'll often spot me with my nose in a book on one of the numerous Adirondack chairs scattered around the First Year Quad. You might also find me napping in one under the shade. I vividly remember touring Amherst for the first time: panting as I climbed the 77 stairs up to Memorial Hill, I thought to myself, "There's no way I'm climbing these stairs ever again." Despite my deep-seated aversion to these stairs in the past, I now trudge up these stairs proudly at least once every day for the beautiful hilltop views of the distant Holyoke Range, and as I make my way up from the hill to the First Year Quad, I'm always guaranteed to bump into a friendly face—a warm reminder of the closeness that defines the Amherst community. If you ever have any questions about Amherst, please feel free to email me at jfernandes24@amherst.edu!


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Name: Conner Glynn '24 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Danville, California
Prospective Majors
: Political Science and Spanish; 5 College Certificate in International Relations
Activities on campus
: Mock Trial, Model UN, APUl, Political Science Research
Hobbies
: Baking, hiking, biking, going to the beach, listening to political podcasts

Hey everyone! My name is Conner and I'm a junior studying Political Science and Spanish here at Amherst. Growing up in a small suburb in California, I always knew I wanted to break free and move to the other coast. While I love the scenery of Western Massachusetts, I still think I prefer California "winters" to New England blizzards. I wanted to go to a small school to find a tight-knit group of friends and an intimate learning environment inside the classroom. Amherst has far surpassed my expectations as a curious, engaged, and loving community. Everyone here is passionate about something unique and niche, and professors always help to foster that passion. My passion is for politics, so on campus, I’m involved in anything and everything political – Mock Trial, Model UN, Amherst Political Union, and Political Science research here and at UMass. If you have an hour (or more) to kill, I’d love to talk politics!


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Name: Dan Gonzalez-Kosasky '24 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Rockville, Maryland
Prospective Major
: Biology
Activities on campus
: Men's Rugby, research assistant for the Hewitt Lab, field assistant for the Clotfelter Lab, Orientation Leader, La Causa
Hobbies
: guitar, fishing, powerlifting, hiking, whitewater kayaking

Hello! My name is Dan Gonzalez-Kosasky and I am a current junior at Amherst from about an hour outside of D.C. Growing up I played a lot of sports, but ended up taking rowing very seriously. By my senior year of high school I had earned multiple collegiate rowing offers from multiple divisions and I committed to a different school in the northeast to row. When they flew me out to meet the team, they told me that every few years one of their pre-approved recruits does not get into the school, so they told me to try and visit some back up schools just in case. On a whim, I visited Amherst even though they do not have a varsity crew team. I immediately fell in love. Despite ample discouragement from my college counselors and family, I de-committed from the other school and applied to Amherst early decision. The next month I became the first student in my school’s history to get accepted into and enroll at Amherst. I have not regretted this decision for a second and would be happy to answer any of your questions over email. Have a great rest of your day!


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Joy smiling in front of a wooden door
Name: Joy Hall '24 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown: Florida
Prospective Major
: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Outing Club, Tour Guide, Active Minds, Effective Altruism, Pedagogical Partner, Event Manager
Hobbies
: Running, dancing, listening to music, turning up, going for walks

Hey! Hey! Hey! I'm Joy! I am currently a junior here at Amherst College. It fills me with so much joy (pun intended of course) to be a part of this community and I am grateful for all of the opportunities here which promote my growth both academically and personally. This is important to me because as I was applying for colleges, I greatly desired to attend an institution that would not only further my education, but also further my development as a person. Amherst has done just that for me so far with its unique environment. From grabbing meals, to class and office hours, to exploring and breaking it down in my zumba class (yes I get down... and then I get back up), there is just so much to appreciate and be apart of here that shape the Amherst experience. I've met so many wonderful people, seen so many wonderful sites and done so many wonderful things. Tusks Up! Let's go Mammoths!


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Name: Will Marshall '24 (he/him/his) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Prospective Majors
: Economics and Mathematics
Activities on campus
: Baseball, Sports Business and Analytics Club, Amherst College Democrats
Hobbies
: Playing cards, watching and playing sports, following politics, listening to podcasts

Hi! My name is Will Marshall from the City of Lakes, Minneapolis, MN. I chose Amherst because I wanted to break out of my comfort zone and see a new part of the US. As soon as I saw the view from the top of Memorial Hill, I knew that I was going to love it here. I'm so glad I found such an incredible community of amazing, smart, motivated, well-rounded and overall awesome people here at the college. I love being free to explore my interests with the support of friends and faculty (which can be obscure sometimes: ask me about the beauty of the interstate highway numbering system if you ever have 15 minutes to burn!) During fall, I can be found on campus admiring the leaves, in the winter you’ll find me telling people that it's not really that cold here, and in the spring you can find me soaking up the sun in an adirondack chair on the quad. Whatever the season, I love talking with people about Amherst so please reach out at wmarshall24@amherst.edu!


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Name: Jess Li '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, a little bit of Mandarin
Hometown
: San Diego, California
Prospective Majors
: Economics and Sociology
Activities on campus
: Dance and Step at Amherst College, Intersections Dance Company, Asian Students Association, Chinese Students Association, Investment Club
Hobbies
: Dancing (both actual dancing and jumping around with friends), long walks, eating and making food, starting TV shows and never finishing them, trying to charm animals

Hey, my name is Jess and I'm a junior at Amherst! Frankly, I never expected myself to come to Amherst, but I'm so glad that I've been able to find a home here throughout my short time as a student here. When I toured Amherst, I was awed by how close-knit and warm the community was (and still is). Being on-campus during the coronavirus pandemic really proved this to me; I was amazed to see the community come together to make sure campus is safe and everyone still gets an exhaustive college experience. Student groups and organizations have given me a lot of opportunities to meet new people and helped me feel like I have a place on campus. I'm really excited to see my growth during my next few years at Amherst. If there are any questions, if you'd just like to chat about Amherst, or you need advice on how applying or making a decision, feel free to email me at jhli24@amherst.edu!


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Name: Gillian Richard '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, French
Hometown
: Charleston, South Carolina
Prospective Majors
: Economics and Mathematics
Activities on campus
: Intersections, DASAC, Sailing Team, Research Assistant for Statistics Professor
Hobbies
: Dancing, walking on the Rail Trail, fishing, bird watching

Hey y’all! My name is Gillian and I’m a junior from Charleston, South Carolina. I randomly toured Amherst while visiting my cousin at UMASS and fell in love with the beautiful campus and close-knit community, although the stairs still take the breath out of me. I have found a love and appreciation for the school through the students always willing to discuss their passions and professors always willing to lend a hand. Student dance groups like DASAC and Intersections have helped me continue performing and meet new people while also staying active. I also work at the childcare center on campus which helps connect me to the larger town of Amherst. You can often find me Val-sitting with a glass of guava juice or lounging at the dorms on the Hill. If you have any questions at all about Amherst, feel free to reach out!


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Name: Ethan Samuels '24E (he/him/his) 
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Majors: Environmental Studies and Philosophy
Activities on campus: Editor-in-Chief for The Amherst Student Newspaper, Sports Analytics Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Hillel, Ski Team
Hobbies: Watching my hapless Houston sports teams, Scuba Diving, Skiing, Spontaneous Games

Hi y'all! My name is Ethan and I'm from Houston, Texas. I arrived in the Pioneer Valley convinced I was going to major in Economics and Film + Media Studies. By the end of my first year, I found myself leaning towards Computer Science and Statistics. Shockingly, I've landed on Environmental Studies and Philosophy. Some (my parents) may call this journey a product of serial indecisiveness, but I think it's a testament to how the Amherst experience allows its students to be guided by their intellectual curiosity. Outside of the classroom, I've been the president of the Sports Analytics Club and Entrepreneurship Club. Currently, I serve as one of two Editor-in-Chiefs for our student newspaper. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, talk sports, or just chat your ear off about absolutely anything relating to the college experience. You can reach me at esamuels23@amherst.edu.


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Name: Héloïse Schep '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: Dutch, English
Hometown
: the Hague, the Netherlands
Prospective Majors
: Political Science and Computer Science
Activities on campus
: Pedagogical Partners Program, Choral Society, Roosevelt Institute, Law Review, Judiciary Committee
Hobbies
: Singing, baking, knitting, hiking, and listening to podcasts

Hi y'all! My name is Héloïse Schep, I'm a prospective political and computer science double major and a junior at Amherst. As an international student from the Netherlands, I chose Amherst because of the amazing academic and personal support Amherst gives its international community. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful, passionate students and staff I've collaborated with here, whether we're using AI to analyze art collections, going on field trips to the Baltics with Choral Society, or simply enjoying a meal with friends or professors. From sunsets on the bike trail to study sessions in Frost Library I'm loving every part of the Amherst experience, and so excited you're interested in joining us, too! Please reach out to me at hschep24@amherst.edu with any questions you have.


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Name: Gabriella Valdivieso Calderón '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian
Hometown
: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Prospective Majors
: Neuroscience and Anthropology
Activities on campus
: Community Advisor, Neuroscience Research Assistant, Biology Teaching Assistant, Amherst College Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (ACMAPS), La Causa
Hobbies
: Going to the beach, listening to music, doing exercise, spending time with friends, running away from the cold, Wordle!

Hi everyone! My name is Gabi and I am from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! At Amherst, I am pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Anthropology on the Pre-Med track. Having been accepted into Amherst during Covid took its toll because I didn’t have the opportunity to visit campus to see if it was really the place for me. Coming to Amherst was very much an “I feel it in my gut” kind of decision. Two years later and I still have no regrets. This vibrant community of hardworking and collaborative individuals has given me a space to explore my academic and extracurricular interests inside and out of the classroom. The small classes have allowed me to create close relationships with my professors and has played a key role in getting the most out of my undergraduate education. Being born and raised on a tropical island and going to school in western Mass was an adjustment, but the freedom of being able to study what truly interests me and surround myself by people that want to see me succeed has made the transition seamless. However, if I have learned one thing here it’s that the cold and I will never be friends (and I think I’m okay with that). Email me questions about Amherst, the skillful art of layering, or simply if you want a new friend to talk to at gvaldiviesocaldero24@amherst.edu!


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Name: Ana Varona Ortiz '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown
: Mexico City, Mexico
Prospective Majors
: Neuroscience
Activities on campus
: Research Assistant (Kim Lab), Concert Choir, Choral Society
Hobbies
: building puzzles and legos, crocheting, binge watching tv shows

Hi all! My name is Ana and I am a junior from Mexico City, Mexico. I fell in love with Amherst when I visited as part of the DIVOH program. I saw how incredible the campus was, how caring the faculty were, and how friendly Amherst students were. 2 years in, and these things continue to ring true. I love research, so most of the time you will find me in the science center. However, if I’m not doing schoolwork, you might find me snagging some bubble tea downtown, building a puzzle, or laughing away my last working neuron with some friends.I’m really excited to share my Amherst experience with you, and hopefully I’ll see you around campus soon! Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have at avaronaortiz24@amherst.edu.


Tour Guides - Class of 2025

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Name: Revival Afolabi '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Prospective Majors
: History and Philosophy
Activities on campus
: AC Green Room, Black Student Union, African & Caribbean Students' Union
Hobbies
: reading, watching & quoting tiktoks, binge watching SVU

HI! My name is Revival Afolabi, I'm a sophomore from brick city (aka Newark NJ) and considering double majoring in history and philosophy. I almost triple majored (& please I'm begging you, don't be like me). In just a short period of time Amherst has definitely become a second home and I often feel like I could not have made a better choice as to where I would attend for the next four years. Stepping onto campus I knew immediately that I found the tight knit community I longed for during my college process. All the little things at Amherst catch me by surprise everyday. I would not have imagined falling in easy friendship with my floormates and becoming the number one fan of our soccer team. Amherst adds its own touch to "open-curriculum" meaning that it gave me the opportunity to triple major, as unfeasible as that is it was just pretty cool that I could have if I really wanted to. Socially and academically becoming a mammoth was my first best decision as a young adult and I am beyond willing to talk about it, just reach out to rafolabi25@amherst.edu.

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Name: Hannah Dimas '25 (she/her/hers)
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hometown: Washington, DC
Prospective Major
: Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Law Review, Intersections Dance Company, Club Tennis, Amherst Christian Fellowship, 3D: Difference for the Developmentally Disabled, Native and Indigenous Students Association
Hobbies
: Tennis, Running, Dancing, Reading, Creative Writing, Volunteering

Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Dimas and I am from Washington, DC. I am a sophomore and Amherst has quickly become my home. The open curriculum, academic rigor, world renowned professors, small class size, and diverse student community drew me to Amherst. I am a prospective Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought major with other academic interests in English, Math and Biology. Outside of the classroom, you can find me playing tennis, dancing, attending Amherst College sporting events, getting coffee in town, and hanging out with my best friends. I look forward to sharing my love of Amherst with all of you. Email me at hdimas25@amherst.edu

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Name: Charlotte Domittner '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Darien, Connecticut
Prospective Major
: Political Science, Economics, German, 5-College Certificate in International Relations
Activities on campus
: Varsity Field Hockey, Club Sailing, Athletic Communications Staff, Outing Club, LEADS, Choral Society, Athlete Bible Study
Hobbies
: Traveling, hiking, sports (especially pickleball), going to plays/musicals, meeting new people, and spending time with my dog, George (he's on the Amherst College Instagram)
 
Hi future Mammoths! My name is Charlotte, and I am so excited for you to get to explore Amherst! I am from Darien, Connecticut, but I have spent the last few years of my life living in Illinois, the Netherlands, Connecticut, Austria, and eventually, Western Massachusetts, which I consider my home away from home. On campus, you will never know where to find me - I could be at Arms Music Center at choral rehearsal, practicing field hockey at Hill Field, having a picnic on the first-year quad, studying on the second floor of Frost Library, or working in the Athletics Communications Office at Alumni Gymnasium to name a few. I chose to come to Amherst not only because it gave me the opportunity to pursue so many interests but because of Amherst's small, tight-knit community. When going to sports games, music concerts, student productions, classes, and especially meals at Valentine Dining Hall, I always find at least one person I know, and I love being surrounded by familiar friendly faces. If you have any questions about Amherst or specific opportunities and programs Amherst has to offer, chances are I know about it or have a close friend who does, so feel free to reach out with any questions at cdomittner25@amherst.edu. Tusks Up!

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Name: Bek Herz '25
Hometown: Oakland, California
Prospective Majors
: Physics and Sexuality, Women's, and Gender Studies
Activities on campus
: Physics Research Assistant, Green Room Theater, Choral Society, Physics TA, Spectra
Hobbies
: Reading, baking, sketching, hiking, and doing cryptic crosswords

Hello!! I’m Bek, a sophomore from Oakland, California! I’m a prospective physics and SWAGS (Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies) double major. On campus, you can find me lurking in the depths of the science center at all hours of the day (and sometimes night), lounging in an Adirondack on the first-year quad with a science fiction novel, a sketchbook, or some friends, or watching sunsets from the Octagon. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be at a liberal arts college, but my first semester here has made me immensely glad that I am, and that that college is Amherst. Because of COVID, I didn’t get the chance to visit campus and truly envision myself as an Amherst student until I arrived here for orientation. I’ve found a home here and I’m excited to help you figure out whether Amherst is the right place for you, too! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have at eherz25@amherst.edu!

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Name: Jessica Huang '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Prospective Major
: Mathematics
Activities on campus
: Anime Club, Glee Club, Math Fellow, Golf
Hobbies
: Singing in the shower, watching anime, drawing, and browsing the Val menu on the Mammoth Meals app.
 
Hello! My name is Jessica, and I'm a sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand. Because of the pandemic and how far away I lived, I couldn't visit Amherst before coming, but I was drawn to its small and tight community. Now, after three semesters, I can't thank past me enough for deciding to come. I love how I can see my friends regularly even if I'm not in the same classes/activities as them, and how someone as quiet as me can form close relationships with professors and have small talk with them. Overall, the community and resources here have helped make my life super easy so that I can focus on making the most out of my classes and other aspects of college life. Feel free to reach out to jhuang25@amherst.edu if you have any more questions about what life at Amherst is like~

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Name: Amelie Justo-Sainz '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Languages spoken: Spanish, English 
Prospective Majors
: Sociology and Latinx and Latin American Studies
Activities on campus
: La Causa, Amherst Connect
Hobbies
: listening to music, reading & binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix

Hello! My name is Amelie and I am a sophomore at Amherst. I am from San Francisco, California. Although I have only been at Amherst for a short time, I have grown to love the environment here. Coming from a big city, I was a little wary of moving to a small town, but Amherst quickly became my home away from home. It did not take long for me to find my people, especially with how welcoming everyone is here. Amherst’s open curriculum allows me to not feel the immediate pressure of meeting requirements for a certain major right away. Instead, I am encouraged to take classes that interest me and because of this, I am now considering Latinx, Latin American studies as a major, something I would never have imagined myself considering. In my free time, you will most likely find me at Val, making an iced coffee, or in one of Frost’s study rooms, studying (but mostly hanging out) with my friends. Feel free to email me (ajustosainz25@amherst.edu) with any questions!

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Name: Sydney Keating '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Washington, DC
Prospective Majors
: Prospective Computer Science and English 
Activities on campus
: Working at the Loeb Center, Computer Science Tutoring, Food packaging at Val
Hobbies
: Writing, Guitar, Programming Video Games, Listening to music, Playing D&D
 
Hi! My name is Sydney and I'm from Washington, DC (though I've lived in DC, Maryland, and Virginia) and I am a prospective English and Computer Science major. On campus when I'm not blaring music in my headphones, losing in whatever game I'm playing, writing, or grinding through a programming side project, I'm at the career center working behind the front desk. I love Amherst for a million reasons, but the biggest reason is the sense of community we have here. There's a space for every person on this campus and I love feeling like I can go anywhere and see someone I know. Also, the spring weather! There's nothing better than sitting on the quad once it gets warm and taking in the day.

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Name: Karen Lee '25 (she/her/hers)
Prospective Majors
: Biochemistry and English
Activities on campus
: Association for Women in Science, Asian Pacific American Action Committee, Amherst College Emergency Medical Services, Research Assistant for Physics Lab, Research Intern for the Amherst Asian Alumni Network
Hobbies
: Cooking, Walking, Listening to music, Hanging out with friends

Hi, I'm Karen! I never expected to come to Amherst, but I chose Amherst because I felt that each student mattered here—from professor interactions to community resources, I have always felt prioritized and heard. I've grown to love Amherst more with each year I've spent here, and the Amherst community makes up a significant portion of why I feel supported. I have had professors who continuously check up on me, best friends who I love val-sitting with, and faculty who have always opened their doors for any help I needed. When I'm not in class, you'll often find me sipping on Val iced coffee, grinding out some work in the Science Center, taking a long walk on the bike trail, or cozying up in Frost. My favorite part of Amherst is all the beautiful conversations I have that I would otherwise never find myself in anywhere else. It's corny, but I finally get it when tour guides say they "love the people the most." Reach out to me at kslee25@amherst.edu if you have any questions or if you want to talk!


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Name: Tiia McKinney '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Rock Sound, Eleuthera, The Bahamas
Prospective Majors
: English and Black Studies
Activities on campus
: BSU (Black Student Union), ACSU (African & Caribbean Students Union), Arting Club, The Indicator (Literary Magazine)
Hobbies
: swimming (recreationally), walking to the beach, watching true crime documentaries or series, listening to music, drinking boba tea with friends, watching sunsets, painting

Hey! I'm Tiia and I'm from a small island called Eleuthera in The Bahamas. I usually love going to the beach with my family or my twin sister when I'm home. I am not immediately in love with this abnormally cold weather, but the beautiful trees on campus and the mountains are a few of the reasons why I love Amherst. Probably a lot of people say that they love the community about their schools, but seriously, the community at Amherst is one of the other aspects that drew me to the school. I love the affinity spaces and the cultural centers in the campus centers. I am usually hanging out at CISE (Center for International Student Engagement) eating ramen, so I can tell you a bit about my ramen preferences too. I am excited to meet y'all, and feel free to email me @tmckinney25@amherst.edu with any questions!

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Name: Jocelyn Nichols '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Sterling, Virginia
Prospective Majors
: Biochemistry and Spanish
Activities on campus
: Swim Team, Council of Amherst College Student-Athletes of Color (CACSAC), Outing Club
Hobbies
: Beach travel, surfing, healthy eating, playing with my two pomeranians and meeting new people

Hi and welcome to Amherst! My name is Jocelyn Nichols. I am a sophomore on the pre-med track, hoping to also complete a major in Spanish. Amherst's open curriculum has given me the freedom to decide what I am passionate about and the opportunity to pursue it. One of my favorite spots on campus is the gathering space near the research labs in the Science Center. The building’s design brings in lots of light and natural beauty. My professors inspire me in my studies and provide the individualized support I need to succeed. Amherst also provides a space for me to engage with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff. I am a member of the Swim and Dive Team, the Outing Club and the Council of Amherst Student-Athletes of Color. I am quite a talkative person and have enjoyed attending concerts and other celebratory gatherings on the First Year Quad this past semester. The music and dance sponsored by the African and Caribbean Student Union, for example, was phenomenal. Amherst is such a unique, special place! If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me at jnicholslockett25@amherst.edu.

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Name: Emily Norry '25 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Prospective Majors
: Prospective Neuroscience or Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Outing Club, ACEMS, Reproductive Justice Alliance, Amherst Students for Democracy, Club Volleyball
Hobbies
: Backpacking/hiking, listening to music, admiring Amherst sunsets, playing board games, jumping in really cold water (polar plunging!)
 
Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I’m a sophomore from Durham, North Carolina. I came to Amherst completely undecided about what I want to do with my life (I still don’t know), so I’ve taken advantage of the open curriculum by exploring many different academic departments and participating in lots of extracurriculars. It’s amazing to study at a place like Amherst, where your peers are intellectually curious and your professors are equal parts challenging and supportive. Amherst has provided me with so many opportunities, from getting certified as an EMT to leading a whitewater rafting trip, and I’m so grateful to be here. I’d love to talk more about my experience or answer any questions, so feel free to reach out at enorry25@amherst.edu!

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Name: Corey O'Callaghan '25 (they/them/theirs)
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Prospective Majors
: Math and Theater and Dance
Activities on campus
: Theater, Pride Alliance, Hillel, FLI (First-Gen Low-Income) community, Arting Club
Hobbies
: Movie nights with friends, collecting various teas, making earrings, and playing Dungeons and Dragons

Hi everyone! My name is Corey O’Callaghan, and I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico! Some of my favorite things to do at Amherst are skateboarding around campus, going on long walks with my friends, and reading inside of Frost Library. Although I’m only a sophomore, I’ve loved my time here at Amherst! From the close friends I’ve made to the brilliant professors that I’ve gotten to meet to the beautiful campus, I’ve loved getting to learn more about myself and the world around me while I’m here. I’ve gotten to meet so many passionate people from all over the world, and I’ve had so many good conversations about everything with them from the nature of consciousness to what defines art. Everyday I get to learn something new even when I’m outside of class! I love meeting and getting to know new people, so feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about Amherst. My email is cocallaghan25@amherst.edu.

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Name: Rebecca Rock '25 (she/her/hers)
Languages spoken: English, some French and Spanish
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Prospective Major
: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Mock Trial, Hillel, Effective Altruism
Hobbies
: reading, watching rom-coms, swimming, power napping

Hey! I’m Rebecca, a sophomore here at Amherst from Houston, Texas. Though I am still getting used to the cold weather and lack of barbecue, I adore the view out of my window on many a peaceful snowy day here in New England. I chose Amherst because of the tight-knit community and alumni network, the caring and passionate student body, and the opportunities available because of our open curriculum. While having an open curriculum was daunting at first for someone as indecisive as me, I relish the chances to explore every subject imaginable. Here on campus you can most often find me having absurdly long meals with friends at Val, exploring new study spots all over campus, or gazing dreamily at the scenery. I love that my classes at Amherst are small (I have a language discussion section right now with only six students!) and the professors are very accessible. Fun fact: Amherst has taken over my Instagram; all I am able to post now is pretty views and sunsets. Feel free to email me with any questions at rrock25@amherst.edu!

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Name: Caden Stockwell '25 (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Prospective Major
: Political Science and Film & Media Studies
Activities on campus
: Film Club, Philosophy Club, AC Dems, YDSA (Youth Democratic Socialists of America), Senate note-taker, WAHM (Amherst College Radio)
Hobbies
: Film, books, philosophy, music

Hey! My name is Caden and I'm a sophomore from Los Angeles, California! I was drawn to Amherst because of the small community, totally new environment, and open curriculum. I was nervous coming in, but I have had an incredible time here, with some of the best and most memorable experiences of my life. I immediately found myself in such a warm and welcoming community, where I made incredible friends, had the opportunity to participate in fascinating extracurriculars, and learned about things I am truly passionate about at a level I had never been able to before. I can usually be found studying and hanging out with friends in the South Hall common room, or taking walks soaking in the New England beauty, and the snow which I had never seen before coming here and have since fallen in love with. I'm so happy I made the choice I did, and I want to encourage as many people as possible to make the same one.

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Name: Nicholas Torres '25 (he/him/his)
Hometown: South Orange, New Jersey
Prospective Majors
: English and Education Studies
Activities on campus
: La Causa, Men's Frisbee
Hobbies
: Eating Val Pizza

Hello, My name is Nick and I’m a sophomore here at Amherst College. I am originally from South Orange, New Jersey. I chose Amherst because of the open curriculum, the diversity of the student body, and the accessibility of opportunities to grow as a student and person. My experiences at the Access To Amherst Program solidified my interest in the college and convinced me to apply Early Decision. Since arriving on campus, Amherst has more than lived up to my expectations. As a prospective English and Education Studies double major, I have found myself taking thought-provoking courses, that have encouraged me to seek out further knowledge in my areas of interest. Outside of the classroom, I have found myself engaging with La Causa, our Hispanic Affinity Group, and playing on the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. In my free time, I enjoy eating Antonio’s Pizza and simply relaxing with my friends in the Appleton Common Room. If you would like to chat about anything Amherst, feel free to reach out to me via email at ntorres25@amherst.edu. Tusks Up !!!

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Name: Micah Valadez Bush '25 (he/him/his)
Hometown: Laguna Hills, California
Prospective Major
: Chemistry
Activities on campus
: Chemistry Anti-Racism Action Committee (CARAC), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Men's Varsity Soccer, Chemistry Research Assistant
Hobbies
: Word games, biking, watching sports, spy movies

Hey! My name is Micah (Mee-ka) and I’m a sophomore from Southern California. I came to Amherst because I wanted flexibility in my academic journey while connecting myself with faculty who are passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Additionally, I’m thrilled to be in a community that seeks to promote societal awareness, positive change, and the celebration of all identities. You’ll probably see me in town finding new restaurants, practicing on Hitchcock or Gooding Field, or nestled somewhere in the science center. In my spare time I love playing Bananagrams, Skribbl.io, Codenames, or any sort of board game (please share your favorites with me!) Amherst truly has lots of opportunities to help you feel supported in your process where you’ll be surrounded by a motivated and diverse student body. If I could be of any help or if you’d just like to talk to an Amherst student, shoot me an email at mvaladezbush25@amherst.edu.

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Name: Thomas Ye '25 (he/him/his)
Hometown: Westchester, New York
Prospective Majors
: Math, Prospective Political Science
Activities on campus
: Track and Field, Symphony Orchestra, Bridge Club, Admissions Blogger
Hobbies
: Cooking, spontaneously re-evaluating my career/academic decisions, scheduling naps
 
Hi! I'm Tom Ye, a sophomore originally from Westchester, NY. I write weekly blogs for the Admissions Office about student life and what I do, so check that out for more information! But as a preview, I like to keep myself busy doing all sorts of things around campus; I'm involved in athletics, performing arts, campus jobs, clubs, and best of all... talking to anyone interested in studying at Amherst. I truly mean it when I say Amherst College is an amazing place, and I can't wait to share my experiences with you!

Tour Guides - Class of 2026

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Name: Rania Adouim '26 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Queens, New York
Majors
: Undecided
Activities on campus
: Asian American Writers Group, Outing Club, Asian Student Association, Middle Eastern North African Association, Rock Climbing
Hobbies
: Jigsaw puzzles, creative writing, long night walks, listening to podcasts about cool animals, watching murder mystery shows/movies

Hey guys! My name is Rania and I'm a first-year from Queens, NY! Being born and raised in a large city, I've absolutely loved experiencing a different type of home at Amherst. From seeing a bear in the Wildlife Sanctuary, ziplining over beautiful mountains, or lying on a hill gazing at the stars, I've really been able to explore nature here. As someone who's very undecided about majors, I've also been able to explore so many departments through our open curriculum. The classes I’ve taken have shown me new interests that I want to keep studying, like environmental science, or strengthened old passions, like philosophy. With such small classes, I’ve been able to get to know my classmates really well and feel like each class is its own little community. Looking back on the semester, some of my favorite memories have been getting caught in the rain at the Book and Plow farm, going axe-throwing, or having hours-long philosophy debates with my friends at Frost library (my favorite building on campus!). If you have any questions or want to talk more about Amherst, please feel free to reach out at radouim26@amherst.edu!


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Name: Muskaan Bhansali '26 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: New York City, New York
Majors
: Political Science
Activities on campus
: SASA (South Asian Students Association), Debate Team
Hobbies
: Playing tennis, watching basketball, traveling, and spending time with friends

Hi everyone!! My name is Muskaan Bhansali and I am a first-year from New York City. I am a prospective political science major. However, I plan on taking advantage of the open curriculum and exploring other potential majors such as economics, history, or LJST. I love that Amherst’s curriculum provides me with the flexibility to try a wide range of classes. Despite being a first-year, Amherst has already become home to me because of the tight-knit and supportive community which has allowed me to create many friends with different backgrounds and interests. If you have any questions about Amherst please feel free to email me at mbhansali26@amherst.edu.


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Name: Avi Helft '26 (he/him/his) 
Hometown
: Oakland, California
Majors
: Prospective Political Science/Computer Science/Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Hillel, Jewish Learning Fellowship, Jazz@Amherst (Big Band and Combo), Amherst Students for Democracy, Alpine Ski Team, Ski and Snowboard Club, Club Tennis
Hobbies
: Skiing, electric bass and guitar, New York Times Daily Mini, chatting about politics for hours on end

Hi! My name is Avi and I'm a first year from Oakland, California. I came to Amherst undecided on my major and hoping to explore the breadth of the curriculum. Boy have I gotten to do just that. I haven't taken a single class in an overlapping department this year. The small classes have helped me engage deeply with each given subject, allowing me to get a real sense of various fields (unfortunately, this hasn't helped me narrow my major choice yet because they've all been so interesting). The class offerings, while maybe fewer in number than some larger universities, are fascinating. During preregistration, I found myself with a 'Saved Schedule' that contained nearly 20 classes ranging from quantum mechanics to extremism in Cuba to a course entirely dedicated to murder. In my free time, you can find me in the music building playing jazz bass, attending an Amherst Students for Democracy meeting, at weekly Shabbat dinners hosted by Hillel, or in my common room playing cards with my friends. Feel free to reach out to me at ahelft26@amherst.edu about anything! I'm always happy to talk.


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Name: Allie Hollin '26 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Majors
: Prospective Psychology and Studio Art
Activities on campus
: Hillel, Club Tennis, Amitim, Active Minds
Hobbies
: Playing flute and piano, having long discussions about tv and music, painting, visiting national parks

Hi! My name is Allie and I’m from Bala Cynwyd, PA (just outside of Philly!). As someone with multiple ever-changing interests, Amherst’s open curriculum provides the perfect opportunity for me to explore different departments while diving deeper into the ones that interest me most. When I visited Amherst, the kind, curious, and passionate faculty and student body really stood out to me, and this supportive environment has made it easier for me to go outside of my comfort zone. In my free time, you can find me with friends discussing feminism in film, pausing study sessions to take dance party breaks, or walking around campus (preferably either in bright sun or deep snow) admiring the beautiful mountains and architecture. I love talking to new people so feel free to reach out at ahollin26@amherst.edu!


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Name: Oscar Jemison-Blais '26 (he/him/his) 
Hometown
: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Majors
: Prospective Spanish & Psychology
Activities on campus
: Black Student Union, Ultimate Frisbee
Hobbies
: Basketball, Running, Reading Fantasy, Cooking

Hey, I'm Oscar! I'm a first-year student from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I'm a prospective Psychology and Spanish Major, and when I'm not busy putting off work, I can be found at Ultimate Frisbee, Black Student Union, or working out, usually with friends. I chose Amherst College because I liked the small school feeling, and the open curriculum. Here I can pursue my passion for Psychology and practice my language skills, while at the same time, taking interesting classes in Black Studies, Neuroscience, and Women's Studies. Also, the small school feeling creates a summer camp-like atmosphere. Even when I'm swamped with work, I'm constantly doing it besides my friends, so it never gets old. if you have any questions about Amherst, or just want to hear more about my experience, feel free to reach out at jjemisonblais26@amherst.edu. Can't wait to meet you all!


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Name: Daniela Rosario '26 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Lawrence Massachusetts
Majors
: Prospective Computer Science and Math major
Activities on campus
: La Causa, Women in Computer Science Club (WICS)
Hobbies
: Drawing, reading, hosting self-care nights, working out in the gym, spending hours listening to music

Hey everyone my name is Daniela but all my friends call me Dani. I'm from Lawrence Massachusetts. I am currently a first year with a prospective major in math and comp sci. Outside of my major you will find me taking as many art classes as possible because I love to make art. The open curriculum is my favorite part about Amherst because it allows me to have a balanced class schedule of required courses for my major and courses that peak my personal interest. I love how small Amherst is because there is a huge sense of community here, not just with my friends but with my professors too. You will always catch me in my professor's office hours doing my homework and learning about their work outside of the class. In my free time I spend time with my friends either in the library, a resource center in Keefe or in Val. We also enjoy walking to town and grabbing a late night meal at Antonio’s.


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Name: Iris Susen '26 (she/her/hers) 
Majors
: Prospective Religion and Psychology
Activities on campus
: Sabrinas A Cappella, Women's Club Soccer
Hobbies
: Reading, baking, playing board games, watching Gilmore Girls

Hey! My name is Iris Susen, and I'm a current first-year at Amherst College. I had no idea what I was really looking for in a college until pretty late in the college decision-making process, but when I finally figured out what I wanted, Amherst checked all of the boxes. I love the opportunity to explore all sorts of classes that interest me through the open curriculum and the incredible support I've received from the community and my professors. My time here so far has been incredible and I've loved every moment, from performing with my amazing a cappella group to embarrassing myself playing club soccer to just studying and hanging out with my wonderful friends.


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Name: Emory Tudor '26 (they/them) 
Hometown
: Hillsborough, California
Majors
: Prospective English and Biology
Activities on campus
: Swim team, Queer Athletes Alliance (QAA), Club Water Polo, Skate Club
Hobbies
: Reading (fiction only!), picking peppers from Book & Plow, drawing crazy, made-up creatures, and curating my cache of teas

Hey! My name is Emory and I’m a first-year from the sunny hills of Hillsborough, California. Coming to Amherst, I was excited, but nervous. My fears were quickly assuaged, however, by a welcoming community of caring students and supportive professors. Amherst’s community is incredible, with students and faculty alike constantly working to make the college experience rewarding on all facets, personal, academic, or otherwise. Whether it be pumpkin carving at Fall Fest, canoeing on the Connecticut River, or attending an infamous Gads improv show, the Amherst community always shows up, reminding you that, here, college is so much more than academics. It’s lifelong friendship and community; it’s doing what you love; it’s learning about who you are. If you couldn’t tell from that little spiel, I love Amherst! When I’m not writing an essay on niche literary motifs, dissolving crystals in hydrochloric acid, or swimming my butt off in Pratt Pool, you can find me Val sitting with friends, a fantasy book and a good cup of tea (preferably chai). If you’ve got any questions, or just want a good book recommendation, shoot me an email at etudor26@amherst.edu.


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Name: Emily Wykoff '26 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: Nashville, Tennessee
Majors
: English
Activities on campus
: The Lilac, The Indicator, Bolt, Sailing Team, Figure Skating, submission reading for The Common
Hobbies
: Writing, going to concerts, working in Frost, and eating late night nachos

Hey, everyone! My name is Emily Wykoff and I’m a freshman from Nashville, Tennessee. I am a prospective English major with a concentration in creative writing. I chose Amherst because of the amazing open curriculum and the college’s deep history with the written word. I’ve loved becoming a part of our close knit community and getting to know all of the wonderful resources we have on campus! When not giving tours, you can find me working in Frost, spinning on the ice at Orr, or sailing on Lake Arcadia. If you have any questions (or just want to chat about your favorite books) you can email me at ewykoff26@amherst.edu


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Name: Sharisa You '26 (she/her/hers) 
Hometown
: San Diego, California
Majors
: Prospective Economics and Statistics
Activities on campus
: Intersections Dance Company, Women in Finance Club, Asian Students Association
Hobbies
: Dancing, painting, baking, and spending time with friends

Hi, my name is Sharisa and I am a first-year from San Diego, California! To be honest, I applied to Amherst on a whim and never imagined ending up here. However, as soon as I visited and witnessed the close-knit community and limitless opportunities, I fell in love. I was really drawn to the small class sizes and diverse community here, and realized it was the perfect place to explore both my academic and extracurricular interests. As someone who is really indecisive, at first, I was really reluctant about the open curriculum, but it has now become one of my favorite things about this school. Currently, I am interested in studying Economics and Statistics. Outside of the classroom you can find me dancing with Intersections, socializing with friends in Frost, or getting coffee in town. If you have any questions or would like to reach out to an Amherst student please feel free to email me at syou26@amherst.edu.