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

Virginia Ryan 22

Name: Virginia Ryan '22
town: Concord, Massachusetts 
Potential Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and Environmental Studies
Activities on campus: Softball, Amherst Political Union, Homeless Connect, Athletes and Allies, AC Votes, Outing Club
Hobbies: Hiking, swimming, listening to music, running,   reading
Favorite question asked on tours
: I was once asked, "Why do so many of the trees seem recently planted?"

Hi! My name is Virginia and I'm a senior here at Amherst College. Ever since I first stepped foot on campus, I knew that Amherst was a special place. Through my time here, that has only become more true. I find new things I love about this school nearly every day I am here, whether it is discovering a new study nook, a caring facilities worker, a relaxing run on the bike trail, or a positive and informative one-on-one experience with a professor. I love walking around campus at a small school like Amherst because there’s a very high chance that I'll see people I know, and it's always encouraging to see friendly faces. One of my favorite parts about Amherst is its open curriculum because I can create my own unique academic experience that would reflect my interests and ensure that I can learn things I feel passionately about. From the exceptional character of the student body to the passionate, brilliant, and caring professors and gorgeous campus, I believe that Amherst really is the ideal place to study and spend four years. 

Dalya smiling while wearing a lot of Amherst gear Name: Dalya Ackerman '23 (she/her/hers) 
Davie, Florida 
Activities on campus:
Ed Pros Fellowship, Hillel, Amitim, ACVotes, Farm, GUAC (Geologists Underpresented at Amherst College), Beneski Museum, Community Advisor
Kayaking, redecorating my dorm room, loitering in Val, taking long walks (on the beach and otherwise) 
Favorite question asked on tours: 
What's your favorite place on campus?

Hey! My name is Dalya and I'm from Sunny South Florida. Coming into Amherst, I had no idea what I wanted to major in or what I wanted to do with my life. I've absolutely loved being able to take totally random and interesting classes. Being here has given me the opportunity to meet amazing professors and explore my academic interests. Through small classes and epic clubs and organizations, I've met the most incredible people and made awesome friends. When I'm not playing in the snow or working on my random sunglasses collection, you can probably find me working (or wandering) in the Beneski Museum of Natural History, napping on a bean bag in Frost, or hanging out with my residents i the Williston common room. I'd love to answer any questions about Amherst (and I'm always looking for new music suggestions), so shoot me an email at! Also, PLEASE ask me about my free trip to Hawaii #thankuamherst.

Tour Guides - Class of 2022

Bridget Carmichael '21 Name: Bridget Carmichael ‘22E
: Hamilton, New Jersey
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
Favorite question asked on tours: "How'd you manage to get a dog on Campus?

Buon giorno! I'm Bridget and I'm currently a senior 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. I also work closely with Accessibilities and advocacy for disabled students here on Amherst’s campus.  As a disabled person, living in a community that is educated and aware of disability awareness and etiquette is very important to me. 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 and loves all the pets and treats she receives from students when we go on walks around campus. You can find Capri and me 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! 

Dean next to a tree, in front of a large building Name: Dean Gordon '22
: Los Angeles, California
Major: History
Activities on campus: 5 College Ethnomusicology Certificate, jazz combo, 5 college mini-concerts, Olio Yearbook
HobbiesSports, hiking, playing the saxophone

Hi! My name is Dean Gordon, and I am a senior History major from Los Angeles, CA. During my college search, I wanted to find a place with a strong student community and ample opportunities to explore a variety of academic interests. That is exactly what I have found during my time at Amherst, and I have enjoyed the academic and extracurricular freedom Amherst allows its students during my four years here. Growing up in a big city, I appreciate the bucolic landscape of Western Massachusetts, and I often go out exploring the nature that surrounds our campus. Iʻve also been involved with many 5 College opportunities; last year, I joined the Smith College Javanese Gamelan ensemble and I am currently a member of the Mount Holyoke West African Drumming Ensemble. Feel free to contact me at

Headshot of Kelly smiling Name: Kelly Huang '22 (she/her/hers)
town: Arcadia, California
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin
Majors: Mathematics and Psychology
Activities on campus: Amherst Christian Fellowship, Terras Irradient A Capella, Conferences and Special Events Office Assistant, Psychology Thesis Research, STEM Community Student Advisory Group
Hobbies: Figure skating, basketball (Go Lakers!), swimming, singing randomly, talking a lot
Favorite question asked on tours: How's the coffee in the dining hall?

Hello! My name is Kelly, and I am a senior double major in mathematics and psychology. I am originally from warm (hot?) and sunny Arcadia, CA, which is a suburb of Los Angeles; unfortunately, I still struggle with temperatures under 65°F. Despite the cold weather, Amherst makes my heart warm, and I’m really grateful for everything that Amherst has given me over the past three years. From the relationships I’ve been able to form with professors and peers to the academic and extracurricular freedom that we have as students to the beauty of the area, there are so many things that I love and appreciate about Amherst. I look forward to sharing all of that and more with you! Also, seeing new emails in my inbox sparks joy and makes my heart happy, so please feel free to send me an email at any time. Whether you have questions about Amherst, college in general, the college application process, or anything else, I'd be happy to help in any way I can!

Alexi standing next to a red striped wall Name: Alexi Lee '22
town: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Major: Political Science
Activities on campus: Men's Crew Team, Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC), Intersections Dance Company, Amherst Alpine Skiing
Hobbies: Dancing, online shopping, and vlogging

Hey y'all! My name is Alexi Lee, and I am a senior from Murfreesboro, TN, about an hour south of Nashville. I am a political science major and I am on the premed track! I love Amherst with my whole heart, and I am so excited to show prospective students around this wonderful second home of mine! Outside of class, you can catch me on the Connecticut as the coxswain captain for Amherst Crew, pushing out of my comfort zone by exploring the outdoors with my friends, and vlogging my college experience ( I hope you have an amazing time exploring Amherst; feel free to email me at with any questions you may have!

Ella smiling in front of a bookshelf Name: Ella Peterson '22 (she/her/hers
Hometown: Moorestown, New Jersey 
Majors: Economics and Political Science 
Activities on campus: Resident Counselor for a first year floor, Amherst Political Union, Roosevelt @Amherst, Interfaith Council, Amherst Dinner Church, Amherst College Democrats 
Hobbies: Reading, baking, cooking, and Val-sitting 
Favorite question asked on tours: Is everyone at Amherst super liberal?

Hello! I am a senior double majoring in Political Science and Economics, in addition to pursuing the 5 College Certificate of International Relations. Originally from Moorestown, NJ, (right outside of Philly!), my favorite Western Mass activities are going to farmers markets, hiking, and eating local ice cream. On campus, I am involved with Amherst Political Union, a weekly political discussion group, Roosevelt @Amherst, an on-campus progressive policy think tank, and Gather, an affirming and inclusive progressive Christian community. Undoubtedly, my favorite parts about Amherst are the community and the classes. Ask me about my thesis!

Molly Sanderson 22  Name: Molly Sanderson '22
town: Seattle, Washington
 Majors: Math and Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
 Activities on campus: Residential counselor, mock trial competition chair, nannying for a professor, outing club
 Hobbies: Bullet journaling, watching Netflix originals (the sappier the better), sewing and embroidering, organizing elaborate movie nights

During my college search, I realized I needed both academic rigor and a strong sense of community. The moment I stepped onto the Amherst campus, I found both in spades. As expected, my favorite part of my Amherst experience has been the community. Fellow students act in collaboration rather than competition because we know this is the best way for all of us to learn and enjoy our time here. Professors take the time to understand how each student can be successful. Students get to know one another regardless of club or sports affiliation. We also get to know the staff at Val and in our dorms, too. As a sophomore, I continue to make friends across campus through chance meetups, clubs, and my role as an RC. Amherst is a great place to learn, and I’m excited to share that with you! 

Emmanuelle looking around a corner happily Name: Emmy Sohn '22 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Seattle, Washington 
Majors: Computer Science and Political Science
Activities on campus: Publisher for the Amherst Student newspaper, Orientation Leader, Computer Science TA, Political Science research assistant
Hobbies: Baking, brunch, podcasts, & puzzles

I toured over 30 colleges trying to find the right one for me. I am so glad to be at Amherst, a college that not only fit my basic criteria as a small liberal arts college, but goes beyond that, offering a welcoming community, incredible faculty, excellent academics, and an open curriculum. At Amherst, I have had the opportunity to explore my academic interests fully, without having to choose between the sciences and the humanities, and to make some amazing friendships and connections within the Amherst community. Coming to Amherst all the way from Seattle took some adjusting, but Amherst has come to feel like a second home. When I’m not in class, you can find me running on the bike paths, getting coffee and pastries in town, or making a panini in Val. I’m happy to answer any questions about my Amherst experience, so feel free to email me at

Lisa smiling in front of a mountain backdrop Name: Lisa Zheutlin '22 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Majors: Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies and Art and the History of Art
Activities on campus: Mr. Gad’s House of Improv, Reproductive Justice Alliance, Community Advisor for Jenkins, Book & Plow student farmer, Research Intern for English and Poli Sci professors, social member of club sports that I don't actually play, Orientation Leader
Hobbies: Eating Domino’s cheesy bread and lava cakes, journaling, laying in the sun, hiking, road tripping, smashing the patriarchy
Favorite question asked on tours: If you’re from Florida why would you go to school in the Northeast?

Hey team! My name is Lisa Zheutlin and I’m from Boca Raton, Florida (yes, I have adjusted to the winter here). I was originally in the class of 2021 but because of COVID I took last year off and I am so happy to be back on campus as a senior in the class of 2022. Not to get too sappy, but Amherst has come to feel like home to me thanks to the friends, professors, and staff who I have met here. The beauty of the campus, the small community, and the open curriculum all lured me to Amherst. A highlight of my time here has been double majoring in Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies and Studio Art. For SWAGS (the best acronym), I’m currently writing a thesis about anti-monogamy which I’m excited about. I’m also taking advantage of the Five College Certificate program and getting the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate, which is essentially Amherst’s version of a “minor.” Outside of the classroom I like to stay busy, to the point where I even joined an improv comedy group having never done improv before. I’d love to answer any and all of your questions, so please email me at Yay

 Tour Guides - Class of 2023

Headshot of Grace smiling Name: Grace Cho '23E (she/her/hers) 
: Queens, New York
Activities on campus
: Transfer Students Association, Food Justice Alliance, Asian Students Association, Amherst Mutual Aid
: Cooking, violin, dancing

Hi! My name is Grace and I'm a junior from Queens, New York. I transferred to Amherst from a community college and made the best decision in choosing to complete my degree here. Every course I've taken has deepened my curiosity and reminds me of how much I can understand and accomplish. I'm grateful that my professors are so understanding, as well as for the care and respect they have for their students. Beyond enjoying the wide range of classes, I've gotten involved with various organizations and activities on campus. The community of friends I've found here is also very meaningful to me. You can find me mountain-watching with them on Memorial Hill or wandering the nature trails! I'm excited to help you get to know Amherst in the same way I do, and I love to talk about my experiences here so please feel free to email me at if you have any questions or just want to talk!

Nathan smiling outside, wearing a mammoth t-shirt Name: Nathaniel Grove '23 (he/him/his) 
: Alfred, New York
Potential Majors: Geology and English
Activities on campus
: Ushering at Arms Music Center, GUAC (Geologists Underrepresented at Amherst College)
Hobbies: Creative writing, "deciding" on yet another major, buying doodling notebooks from AJ Hastings, sitting in Val for hours sipping hot chocolate
Favorite question asked on tours
: What's your favorite class you've taken at Amherst? (It's hard to choose but I do have an answer!)

Hi everyone! I've been at Amherst for two years now, and as someone with a ton of (too many?) different academic interests, it's the perfect school for me. I didn't even fully realize it when I was applying, but the open curriculum is so wonderfully freeing I would never want to go to school anywhere else. I'm constantly amazed at how much you can fit into one semester at Amherst, from the physics of Earth's climate to the metaphysics of free will. Breadth and depth as my advisor would say. But no matter what classes you choose to take at Amherst, you know your professors will be funny and knowledgeable and your classmates will be brilliant and enthusiastic. And brilliant and enthusiastic don't just apply in the classroom. Amherst students will use calculus to figure out the best hike to the Notch, or write a musical in their free time, or spend weeks trying to master the technique for making perfect Val waffles. We still haven't figured it out. But if you have any questions about anything else, please don't hesitate to email me at!

Qingfang holding a small pig on a campus quad Name: Fiona Guo '23 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken
: Chinese Mandarin, English, and learning Japanese
: Princeton, New Jersey 
Potential Majors
: Economics and Asian Languages and Civilizations 
Activities on campus
: Music programs, CDSL mentor, Asian Student Association, Tour guide
: Guitar, flute, art (acrylics and color pencil), binge watching anything animal related. 
Favorite question asked on tours
: What is your favorite place to eat in town?

Hi I’m Fiona! I’m a junior planning on studying Econ and Asian language and civilization. I am originally from Princeton NJ, and I’m really excited to share my Amherst experience with y’all! Over the course of my first year, I’ve already met so many amazing people. The student body and the faculty here are wonderful and super supportive both academically and socially. Everyone’s given the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone, and explore a wide variety of academic interests. Outside of the college I really enjoy looking for a nice studying spot or some good places to eat with friends around the amherst town. I would love to talk about my Amherst experience, or just things to do here in town, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Sofia smiling and holding a bunch of flowers Name: Sofia Hernandez Perilla '23 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: 
English, Spanish
: Quito, Ecuador / Wellesley, Massachusetts
: Math
Activities on campus
: Community Advisor, Tour Guide
: Listening to music while walking on the trail, watching shows/movies with friends

Hi! My name is Sofia and I'm a junior majoring in math. I was born in Bogota, Colombia in 2001 and moved to Quito, Ecuador in 2002. In 2011 my family and I moved from Quito to Wellesley, Massachusetts. Since then, in 2019, I made the short two hour move to Amherst, Massachusetts to attend Amherst College. I had always pictured myself attending college in the city but in the past two years I have discovered Amherst's rural location to be the best place for me to grow, both academically and mentally. I love our campus and its scenery which changes throughout the seasons! (My bio photo was actually taken at our college farm called the Book and Plow Farm.) I spend most of my time on campus at Frost (our library) or at the science center studying with friends. When I'm not studying I enjoy watching shows with my friends, having long conversations while eating Val ravioli, or watching sunsets on Memorial Hill.

Nancy on a stairway outside of a building Name: Nancy Hoang '23 (she/her/hers) 
: West Hartford, Connecticut 
: Biochemistry and Spanish 
Activities on campus
: Asian Students Association, trumpet  
: Drinking boba, hanging out with my friends, trying new restaurants, sleeping

Hi everyone! My name is Nancy Hoang, I'm currently a junior from West Hartford, CT. Although Amherst is relatively small, I have never more at home. Amherst’s incredibly diverse and inspiring student body provides the perfect atmosphere to grow and connect with unique individuals. Additionally, the open curriculum has allowed me to both explore my pre-existing interests and develop completely new interests. In my free time, I like eating good food at the restaurants in town, laughing with my friends, or watching shows;but I would say my ultimate hobby is drinking boba : ). At any given moment you can probably find me at LimeRed or Vivi’s in town! Feel free to contact me at I would love to answer any questions about the Amherst community!

Alexandre in front of a mountain on a sunny day Name: Alexandre Jabor '23 (he/him/his)
Languages spoken
: English, Portuguese, Spanish 
: São Paulo, Brazil 
Potential majors
: Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Economics
Activities on campus
: Mock Trial, Club Tennis, AC Democrats and Club Volleyball 
: Reading, listening to podcasts, watching Star Wars, and playing tennis

Hey! My name is Alexandre, or Alex, and I am from São Paulo, Brazil (yes, I'm trying to survive my first real winters!). I chose Amherst because I wanted a small college with a close-knit community, a strong commitment to diversity, and the opportunity to interact extensively with professors. Beyond the amazing academic opportunities, the highlight of my Amherst experience so far has been the people. I have made friends across groups, interests, and backgrounds and their unique life experiences teach me new things everyday. The care and attention professors give students at Amherst is incredible, both inside and outside of the classroom. From staff, to professors, to students, I have found that the Amherst community is defined by kindness. You can always find me Val-sitting with friends, on the tennis courts, or enjoying free food at the Center for International Student Engagement. If you have any questions about Amherst, or would like to exchange tips on how to live in cold weather, e-mail me at!

Ryan smiling in front of trees Name: Ryan Kyle '23 (she/her/hers 
: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Potential Major
: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought 
Activities on campus
: Chorus, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Difference for the Developmentally Disabled, and Research Assistant for the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
: Running, playing the piano, watching soap operas, and chatting with friends into the wee hours of the night

Hello there! My name is Ryan, and I am a junior from just outside of Washington, DC.
When I was looking at colleges, I fell in love with the idea of the Amherst experience – namely, the tight-knit community, the attention from faculty, the research opportunities, and the small-town vibe – but it wasn’t until I became a student at Amherst that I realized how special the experience really is. As a sophomore, I am already getting the opportunity to write a research article with a professor, and I am consistently amazed at how often staff, faculty, and administrators consistently go the extra mile to enrich student well-being. On the daily, you can find me going on runs on the gorgeous bike path, chatting it up with friends in Val, and expressing my love for the Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. I feel so fortunate to be an Amherst College student and would love to discuss all things Amherst with you. Feel free to email me at!

Aditi on a cold day in a crowd of people Name: Aditi Nayak '23 (she/her/hers)
: West Windsor, New Jersey 
: Neuroscience and Mathematics 
Activities on campus
: Amherst STEM Network, EcoReps, Mead Art Museum Student Educator, Amherst Women in Science
: Quoting The Office, singing Broadways and Disney, calligraphy, drawing, experimental cooking

Hello! My name is Aditi Nayak, and I'm a junior from central Jersey. I chose Amherst for its small, tight-knit community, which proves everyday to have been the best choice. I love trying new things, and the support of our small community constantly encourages me to explore new activities and delve deeper into interests I already have. I can't wait to share the incredible experiences and opportunities I have had with you! If you have any questions about the school, feel free to email me at

Omisha sitting in front of a floral mural. Name: Omisha Purohit '23 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Hindi 
Hometown: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India 
Potential Majors: Biochemistry-Biophysics and Mathematics
Activities on campus: Dance and Step at Amherst College, Club Soccer, South Asian Student Association, Research Work in a Lab!
Hobbies: Dancing, cycling, binge watching sitcoms (never actually finishing a series), and listening to music in multiple languages

Hello! My name is Omisha and I'm an international student from India. I think Amherst is perfect for me for many reasons, an important one being its open curriculum. In the last two years I have found interesting connections between contrasting fields like music and physics courtesy the amazing professors we have, and I further plan on studying the biochemistry and math in combination with dance! Besides attending classes, you can find me working (watching Netflix) near the spiral staircase in the Science Centre or discussing the supremacy of dark chocolate over other chocolates with my friends in Val! As a junior at Amherst, the most important lesson I have learned so far is steering a canoe while awkwardly stuck (literally still as a statue) in the Connecticut River. Okay maybe calling it the most important lesson is an exaggeration but seriously, if you plan on coming to Western Massachusetts, you should probably learn to canoe(?). Since I am now a pro at this (believe me at your own risk), you can contact me for lessons at!

Noah standing happily in front of a body of water Name: Noah Robinson '23E
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii 
Majors: Economics and Asian Languages & Civilizations 
Activities on campus: Club Ultimate Frisbee, Digital Music Production, Orientation Leader 
Hobbies: Songwriting/playing the keyboard, watching and debating sports, playing basketball and volleyball, playing card games that involve logic and strategy

What's going on! My name is Noah Robinson and I am a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii. I initially believed Amherst was the right fit when applying to colleges due to its focus on building a diverse community and a discussion-based environment. I have also found during my time at Amherst that there are so many new opportunities to grow intellectually through both coursework and extracurriculars. One of the main reasons Amherst has had such a positive impact on my education has been through the open curriculum; I have taken advantage of it by taking courses spanning from my majors to LJST, Music, Math, and History. I have also come to appreciate all the “little things” that are included in an Amherst College education. Who knew that in a single day I could go from my schoolwork to Ultimate Frisbee practice (which I never played before Amherst) and then to a recording studio on the first floor of the Seeley Mudd building to produce and write hip-hop music? These are just a few of the reasons why my Amherst experience has been so wonderful. Feel free to email me at and I will happily share more about my time here at Amherst!

Bianca smilling widely in front of a window Name: Bianca Sass '23 (she/her/hers) 
: Nashville, Tennessee 
: English 
Activities on campus
: Amherst Symphony Orchestra (violin), AC Green Room (student theater) 
: Creative writing, reading, and Val-sitting for three hours to talk about what I'm writing & reading

My name is Bianca Sass, and I'm from Nashville, Tennessee. I adore Amherst, and am so grateful I have the chance to share my experience with prospective students as a tour guide. The Amherst community is filled with faculty and students who are both incredibly driven and supportive, and it is a wonderful place to grow alongside others. I am an English and prospective LJST (Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought) double major, and I love that the open curriculum allows me to draw connections between my various interests and reach outside my comfort zone. Extracurriculars are also a large part of my life at Amherst, and I’ve found that student groups are full of very welcoming and passionate people. I am on the executive committee of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, and I direct for the Green Room, Amherst’s student theater organization. In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, talking about books, and going into town for picnics!

James smiling on what appears to be a graduation day Name: Jack Trent '23 (he/him/his) 
: Houston, Texas 
: Economics and Math
Activities on campus
: Track and Field, Tour Guide, Entrepreneurship Club, Investment Club
: Reading, Watching Sports, Spikeball, and playing music

Hello, my name is Jack Trent and I am from Houston, Texas. Coming from Texas, I was nervous to be in a new environment, experience new weather, and be hundreds of miles from home. However, I felt immediately accepted here at Amherst. I love the open curriculum, interesting conversations with classmates, and diversity and inclusivity efforts on campus.

Bella holding a bunch of flowers on Book and Plow farm Name: Bella Wischik '23 (she/her/hers) 
Queens, New York
Potential Majors: Neuroscience or Biochemistry
Activities on campus
:  Rotaract Club, Women's Club Soccer, 3D: Difference for the Developmentally Disabled, Frost Library Student Assistant
: Painting (although I'm not very good,) hiking, listening and dancing to all types of music, and cooking

Hi! My name is Bella and I'm a junior here at Amherst. Coming from a NYC public high school, Amherst was a new journey for me, but is one that I'm so excited I embarked on. I've met my match here and continue to discover something new about our school, even when I think I've learned everything there is to know about Amherst. I love taking long walks on our nature trails, attending college wide events like Fall Fest, and ordering from local restaurants like Miss Saigon. Sledding down Memorial Hill with friends, and relaxing in dorm common spaces are some of my most cherished memories here. The people I've met and the people I have yet to get to know make up Amherst's collaborative, engaging and vibrant community. If you have any questions about campus life, feel free to email me at!

Tour Guides - Class of 2024

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

Hi! My name is Brooke Alexander and I am a sophomore 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!

Malia smiling in a field Name: Malia Chun
: Palo Alto, California
Prospective Majors
: Political Science and Economics
Activities on campus
: Native and Indigenous Student Association, AC Democrats, Debate
: Baking, eating, reading, watching Netflix, running, skiing

Hi! My name is Malia Chun and I am a sophomore from Palo Alto, California. I am planning on double majoring in political science and economics. On campus I am involved in the Native and Indiginous Student Association, AC Dems (Amherst’s Democrats Club), and debate. 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 South common room, watching Netflix or reading on my bed, running on the bike trail, and meeting people on Val Quad. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions about my Amherst experience!

Leland sitting in a car, wearing a bandana Name: Leland Culver (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)
Languages spoken: English, Latin
: Gary, Indiana
Prospective Majors
: Theatre and Dance and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
Activities on campus
: Green Room, The Indicator, The Amherst Student, Fencing Club, Theatrical Choreography Club, Board Game Club
: Reading, Writing, Singing, Playing and Making Video Games, Violin (on occasion), Origami
Favorite question asked on tours: What's the laundry situation like?

Greetings, fellow traveler— comrade— ...friend? I hope you find yourself well. I have the pleasure (I think) of being Leland Culver, sophomore from Gary, Indiana—like the song. I'm a prospective Theater and Dance and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought major (that's only two majors there), and I use he/him and they/them pronouns. I spend a lot of my time on campus working/hanging around with the Green Room, which is the student-run theater group at Amherst; or else sequestered in some small, cozy space writing for the Indicator (student literary magazine), the Amherst Student (student newspaper), or, if things are really dire, my classes. When I can, I love to ride around town or the countryside on my bike—it's really beautiful out here and you should take the chance, if you can, to hike around a bit. To complete my nerdiness, I am also a fencer, playing with swords like it's the 1500s. If you've made it to the end of this, thanks for reading! And I hope to see you on campus sometime.

Headshot of Cici smiling Name: CiCi Curran '24 (she/her/hers) 
: 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
: Food (cooking and eating!), true crime podcasts, and getting active in any way!

Hi! My name is CiCi and I'm a sophomore 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!

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

Hey there! My name is Ari and I'm from Boise, Idaho. I'm a sophomore 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

Jackie smiling, wearing a jean jacket and bucket hat Name: Jackeline Fernandes '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
: 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
: 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 sophomore 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!

Headshot of Luke smiling Name: Luke Herzog '24 (he/him/his) 
: Pacific Grove, California
Prospective Majors
: English
Activities on campus
: Green Room Student Theater, Mr. Gad's House of Improv, Amherst Dialectic
: Creative writing, reading, watching movies, and going to shows/performances!
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite spot on campus?

Hello, hello, hello! My name is Luke, and I’m a sophomore at Amherst College. I hail from the other side of the continent, a small town called Pacific Grove on the central coast of California. At Amherst, I am a prospective English major with interests in theater, American history, and creative writing. Excited to have this opportunity to share my summer experience with any readers out there! On campus, (if I’m not giving a tour) you might find me reading a book in one of the Adirondack chairs on the Main Quad, slathering meals in hot sauce at Valentine Dining Hall, or watching a movie on a projector with a few of my friends. When the pandemic broke out, I actually made the difficult decision to take a gap year -- much like Prince, I am now “The Student Formerly Known as Class of ‘23.” A friend recently called me a super-sophomore, and I think that has a nice ring to it. Being away for a year helped crystallize what makes Amherst so special, and now I am especially jazzed to be back on campus! If you have any questions please feel free to email me at!

Emily in front of a town backdrop holding a camera Name: Emily Kang '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, Korean
: Los Angeles, California
Prospective Majors
: Biochemistry & Biophysics, Five College Culture, Health, and Science Certificate
Activities on campus
: Research student in a Developmental Biology lab, Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, WAMH Amherst College Radio, Asian & Pacific American Action Committee, Asian American Writers' Group
: Creative writing, taking naps, finding new music, sitting behind Johnson Chapel

Hello! My name is Emily Kang, and I am currently a sophomore majoring BCBP on the pre-med track. I first learned about Amherst through QuestBridge and I completely fell in love with the school when I visited through the fly-in program. Now I'm here as a QuestBridge Match Scholar, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Amherst opened lots of doors for new experiences and opportunities for me, and I'd love to talk to you about your interests and what Amherst can offer you! Feel free to reach out at

Will smiling in front of a city backdrop Name: Will Marshall '24 (he/him/his) 
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Prospective Majors
: Economics and Mathematics
Activities on campus
: Baseball, Sports Business and Analytics Club, Amherst College Democrats
: 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!

Maxim looking off to side in the outdoors Name: Maxim Melnichuk '24 (he/him/his) 
Languages spoken: English, Russian, Korean
: Demarest, New Jersey
Prospective Majors
: Neuroscience and English
Activities on campus
: Student Researcher and Lab Assistant, Hillel, Amherst Christian Fellowship, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), The Amherst Student (Newspaper), The Beneski Museum of Natural History, Charles Drew Health Professions Society, First Generation and/or Low-Income Student Organization, Badminton Club, Club Tennis, Outing Club
: Swimming, rock climbing, cooking

Hey everyone! My name is Maxim, and I’m a sophomore here at Amherst. In the past year, 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 also happy I came to Amherst because of the flexibility of the 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!

Jess smiling at the oceanside in front of flowers

Name: Jess Li '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: English, a little bit of Mandarin
: 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
: 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 sophomore 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!

Heloise smiling in a sunlit field

NameHéloïse Schep '24 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken: Dutch, English
: 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
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 sophomore 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 with any questions you have.