Meet Our Tour Guides

We have a terrific team of student tour guides! If you can’t take a tour in person, you can get to know them by reading their bios. Feel free to email any guide with questions about Amherst.

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Head Tour Guides


Kathleen Maeder Name
: Kathleen Maeder ‘20
Hometown: San Pedro, CA
Major: Political Science and Environmental Studies
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical ServicesResident Counselor, News Writer (The Amherst Student)
Hobbies: WHiking, podcasts, writing

Hello! My name is Kathleen, and I am a senior studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. I grew up in San Pedro, a port community in the City of Los Angeles, and moved across the country in 2016 to attend Amherst College. Along with my position as one of the Head Tour Guides, I also work as a Resident Counselor on campus, and have spent my time over the past few years writing for our student-led newspaper, serving as an Eco-Rep to encourage sustainability within our dorms, and coordinating events as an Office Assistant for Amherst's Conferences and Special Events team. While I tend to stay busy on campus, I also enjoy checking out coffee shops and restaurants in Downtown Amherst and hiking with friends in the nearby Holyoke Range. I absolutely love speaking about our college, my majors, and my personal experience as an Amherst student, so please reach out to me at kmaeder20@amherst.edu if you have any questions!


Vivian Cordon '21

Name: Vivian Cordon ‘21
Hometown
: Queens, NY 
Potential Majors: Political Science or Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC), Amherst Dance, La Causa, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Intramural Basketball
Hobbies: Dancing, Playing Basketball, Sleeping, Drinking Coffee

Hi! My name is Vivian Cordon, and I'm a junior. Although Amherst is way more quiet than my home in New York City (hearing crickets instead of traffic is so strange!), over the course of my first semester, I've truly been able to call Amherst home. Since coming to Amherst, I've become friends with people from all over the country and the world. My favorite thing about Amherst is the diversity of experience that its students have. I never thought I would meet so many diverse people, coming from New York, so the variety experiences of Amherst students was a big surprise. These students bring their experiences to the classroom (or to a meal at Val) and really change the shape of the conversation. I would be more than happy to answer any questions about my experience or Amherst College itself! Feel free to email me at vcordon21@amherst.edu


Margot Lurie '21

Name: Margot Lurie ‘21
Hometown
: Denver, CO 
Potential Majors: Spanish and Philosophy
Activities on campus: Amherst College Humanists, Amherst Political Union, Philosophy Club, Eco-Reps
Hobbies: Reading, baking, art, and running
Favorite question asked on tours: Where is your favorite place to study in town?

Hi! My name is Margot, and I’m a junior from Denver, Colorado. From the moment I stepped on the Amherst campus as a prospective student, I felt at home. I had a sense that it was the right place for me both academically and socially, and so far it has exceeded my expectations. As someone with a wide variety of academic interests, I believe the opportunities for exploration afforded by the open curriculum are invaluable. I didn’t enter the college with a clear major in mind, and I love the freedom to explore many departments, knowing that I could never take all of the classes that interest me. I couldn’t have anticipated how incredible my professors would be; they are not only great educators but also caring and generous with their time. My academic experience has been enhanced by the kind, interesting group of students I get to live and learn with. If you have any questions about Amherst please feel free to email me at mlurie21@amherst.edu!


 Tour Guides—Class of 2020

Atikah Adzhar Name: Atikah Adzhar ‘20
Hometown
: Malaysia
Potential Major: Anthropology
Activities on campus: Panicking that one time the wifi went out
Hobbies: Comic books, anime, Jack Reacher novels, basmati rice

I came here on a scholarship from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, so the school chose me more than the other way around. The culture and academics here are different than what I've known and it's a lot to get used to. But being at Amherst as an international student, a transfer student, and an older student has been a worthwhile experience. Don’t hesitate to contact me at aadzhar20@amherst.edu for any lingering questions!


Eliza Beebe '20
Name
: Eliza Beebe ‘20
Hometown
: Milton, MA
Potential Major: Psychology
Activities on campus: Women's Lacrosse Team, Outing Club, Book & Plow Farm
Hobbies: Skiing, swimming, and anything dog-related
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?

I chose to come to Amherst because I was excited to immerse myself in a close-knit, diverse community where I knew I would be challenged to grow and learn. With my first three years at Amherst behind me, I am amazed by the connections I have formed with my peers and professors, and feel enriched by the environment that Amherst has provided for me. I'm excited for my last year here, as I know it will bring new friendships, stimulating courses, and important moments of personal growth. I would love to talk more with anyone about Amherst, so please don't hesitate to reach out! ebeebe20@amherst.edu.


Julia Cardenas '20 Name: Julia Cárdenas ‘20
Hometown
: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Art and the History of Art
Activities on campus: Amherst College Rowing Association, Student Housing Advisory Committee, Amherst Dance 
Hobbies: Drawing, cooking, watching The Office, and Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you decide to move to the East Coast?

My name is Julia, and I am from Los Angeles, California. Coming from such a large and cosmopolitan city I was a little nervous to switch to a smaller setting so far away from home. But I can happily say that Amherst has truly become my second home. The diverse community here with ready access to the other colleges in the consortium truly lends itself to being a little big world. Although I would like to major in art history, I'm happy that I can take advantage of our unique open curriculum and take as many classes as I can in various subjects. Outside of taking classes and going to practice, I enjoy spending time on the third floor of Frost, doing long Val sits, and hanging out with friends. I look forward to meeting as many prospective Amherst students and their families as I can! Feel free to reach out with any questions at jcardenas20@amherst.edu.


Rachel Chaffin '20 Name: Rachel Chaffin ‘20
Hometown
: Sacramento, California
Potential Majors: Psychology and French
Activities on campus: Diversity Intern (https://www.amherst.edu/admission/diversity), Indigenous and Native Citizens Association, and Amherst Christian Fellowship
Hobbies: Running, watching Chef's Table, watching the Great British Baking Show while actually baking in real life, babysitting, and making friends!
Favorite question asked on tours: "How did you get in here?!"

Hello! My name is Rachel, I am a dessert-loving, friendship-seeking Northern Californian, and have been told that I am a real life version/combination of Jessica Day and Leslie Knope, which should give you a sense of the level of energy and extroversion I operate at on a daily basis. I am in my final year at Amherst, and I am studying Psychology and French (although you'll also find me in English, History, Film & Media Studies, or Black Studies courses each semester). A lot of people have asked me why I chose Amherst, and my answer has pretty much always been the same. When I first visited Amherst, I was expecting to be most impressed by the facts I already knew and loved about it: the small student-to-faculty ratio, the open curriculum, the intimate and idyllic campus, the Pioneer Valley itself. I did love all of those things, but what really drew me to Amherst College ultimately was the people. I was amazed by the positive, welcoming, diverse student body on campus, and perhaps even more amazed by the attention and care that professors give students at Amherst. Three years later, I've found that that first impression was spot-on, and even on the days that I miss California or slip on ice (not a rarity), I have remained confident and secure in my decision to come to Amherst primarily because of the people here. Students visiting Amherst are also often curious about what my favorite class has been at Amherst so far! I've honestly loved all of my classes at Amherst, but I especially loved every single discussion and assignment in Reading the Novel with Professor Sanborn, and learned a whole new way of writing from Professor Grobe's patient, honest comments in Engaging the Arts. I hope that gives you a good sense of what my own experience of Amherst has been like, but please feel free to email me at rchaffin20@amherst.edu if you have any specific questions! Hope to see you on campus soon.


McLean Cozine '20 Name: McLean Cozine ‘20
Hometown
: Minneapolis, MN
Potential Majors: Philosophy and Computer Science
Activities on campus: Sailing Club, Green Room Student Theater, Intramural Soccer, HackAmherst
Hobbies: Spontaneous trips, exploring campus, procrastinating, Val-sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?

Hi! My name is McLean, and I was born and raised in the City of Lakes: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Winters here are a little shorter and much less cold than those I grew up with, so at Amherst I'm basically living in my tropical paradise! This paradise would be incomplete, though, without the good company I have found here, and these personal connections are the true highlight of my time at Amherst. Between students, staff, and professors, I am constantly around people who encourage me and support me, while challenging me to grow and learn. From seminar discussions on John Locke and free speech to late night common room discussions on high school slang, I encounter and engage new ideas every day here at Amherst. I find this to be a beautiful and exciting place to live and learn, and I hope to help you feel the same.


Claire Dennis '20 Name: Claire Dennis ‘20
Hometown
: Palo Alto, CA
Potential Majors: Political Science
Activities on campus: Varsity Volleyball, Amherst LEADS, Staff Writer for The Amherst Student, Research Assistant in Political Science, Amherst Dance, Math Department grader
Hobbies: Watching movies, reading, baking, Val sitting and cheering on the Warriors #dubnation
Favorite question asked on tours: Why would you ever leave California?

My name is Claire and I am a senior from the San Francisco Bay Area. It's hard to believe that I'm already done with a majority of my time at Amherst, but I'm loving every minute of it. Although I'm majoring in Political Science, I've enjoyed exploring other departments with the open curriculum such as Math, Computer Science, Spanish, Economics and History. Outside of the classroom, I love competing on the volleyball court (Go Firedogs!) and hanging out with friends. You can find me in the classroom, at the gym, hanging out in my floor’s common room, or getting boba at Lime Red. I chose Amherst for the close community that is fostered here, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. The small classes and intimacy of a residential campus have helped me form lasting bonds with both faculty and other students. I would love to talk with you about what makes Amherst so special (or literally anything else!) so please feel free to send me an email at cdennis20@amherst.edu.


Benedite Dieujuste '20 Name: Benedite Dieujuste ‘20
Hometown
: New York, NY
Potential Major(s): English and Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies
Activities on campus: Student Health Educator, Women's Rugby, African and Caribbean Student's Union
Hobbies: Coping with my constant existential crises
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did the school change the mascot?

Haitian born, NYC raised junior coming at you from Amherst College. When I first came to Amherst, I expected to be challenged academically, form deep friendships, and finally go camping. Even though I haven't gone camping (yet), I have already done so much on and off campus. Between my wonderful SWAGS classes and frequent visits to Northampton, I'm always busy and having fun. My passion lies in health education and I'm able to channel it through my work as a Student Health Educator. If you want to know anything else about the college, please email me at bdieujuste20@amherst.edu!


Will Dunne '20

Name: Will Dunne ‘20
Hometown
: Oak Park, IL 
Major: American Studies
Activities on campus: Men's Varsity Soccer, Student Health Educator, Amherst LEADS
Hobbies: Exploring Western Mass, Reading, Crafting, and Eating!

Hey all! My name's Will, and I'm a senior from Oak Park, Illinois. On my first visit to Amherst a few of years ago, I was struck by the overwhelming sense of community that I felt on campus. Today, the diverse, empathetic, and intellectual community that is Amherst College still continues to amaze me. The people here at Amherst - from the students, to the professors, to the individuals who work around campus - are truly awesome. If you happen to visit campus, there’s a good chance you might find me in Frost Library trying to figure out some Organic Chemistry homework, down at Hitchcock Field kicking some balls around, or in Val trying to make mac n’ cheese at the stir fry station. If you have any questions about Amherst (even if you’re just curious to how one goes about making mac n’ cheese in a wok) please feel free to shoot me an email at wdunne20@amherst.edu. I’m happy to answer any of your questions!


Max Fox-Jurkowitz '20 Name: Max Fox-Jurkowitz ‘20
Hometown
: Arlington, MA
Potential Major: Mathematics and Statistics
Activities on campus: Ultimate Frisbee, Statistics and Data Science Fellows, and Project Sunshine
Hobbies: Running, Reading, Watching Sports
Favorite question asked on tours: Did Zephaniah Swift Moore (Amherst's Founder) just really like purple?

Hi Everyone! My name is Max Fox-Jurkowitz, and I am a senior from Arlington, MA. The warm, inclusive Amherst community and the always accessible professors are just a few of the things that make me feel at home here. The open curriculum at Amherst has allowed me to explore many disciplines, and I’ve even been able to take four history classes already, despite majoring in Math and Stats! Also, I’ve enjoyed my Math and Stats classes so much that I’ll be studying Math in Budapest this Fall. Outside of the classroom, I am on the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team. I am also a Statistics and Data Science Fellow and a member of Project Sunshine, a community volunteer group. In addition to these activities, I enjoy watching sports, reading historical fiction, and running. Email me with questions about Amherst at mfoxjurkowitz20@amherst.edu!


Daniel Lee '20 Name: Daniel Lee ‘20
Hometown
: Philadelphia, PA
Potential Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Amherst Dance, Active Minds
Hobbies: Hulu, Reading, Netflix
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you apply to Amherst?

Yooo my name is Daniel Lee. I am a senior at Amherst thinking about pursuing a Psychology and LJST double major. I love learning about theories of people's behaviors, and Amherst's open curriculum allows me to pursue multiple historical and philosophical perspectives on the subject. Dancing and music are welcome breaks from academic life, and I have made great friends doing what I love. Learning new perspectives every day is wonderful, and I love attending this school. If you have any question you can email me at dalee20@amherst.edu!


Jiwoo Park '20 Name: Jiwoo Park ‘20
Hometown
: Denver, CO
Major: Neuroscience, plus the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science
Activities on campus: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services, Student Orientation Coordinator, AC Public Health Collaborative, GlobeMed, Asian Students Association
Hobbies: Listening and sharing music, spending too much time at Share Coffee, hiking, traveling 


Hello! My name is Jiwoo, and I'm a senior from the suburbs outside of Denver, Colorado. At Amherst, I am a pre-med Neuroscience major and also pursuing the 5-College Culture, Health, and Science certificate. Ever since I visited campus during the Diversity Open House I knew that it would be home. The people make Amherst the place that it is--I'm constantly inspired and supported by the incredible students, professors, and staff members here. It's been an absolutely wild and amazing experience so far, and I'd love to share it with you. Please reach out to jiwpark20@amherst.edu with any questions about the best place to grab coffee in town (Share), best Val meal (Chicken Tikka Masala), or anything else about Amherst!


Name: Theo Pérez ‘20
Hometown
: New York, NY
Potential Majors
: Undecided (Music, and/or Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought)
Activities on campus
: Here on campus I'm on the board of the radio station, WAMH and the board of Jazz at Amherst. I also play guitar in a jazz combo. I am involved with theater in many ways, including working in the scene shop, and am the RC of the Arts House.
Hobbies
: I play guitar, read, whittle (poorly) and watch standup comedy.
Favorite question asked on tours: You say there's no Greek life here, does that mean that if you're from Greece you're not allowed to apply?

Hello! My name is Theo Pérez and I very much so like it here at Amherst. Between the open curriculum and the wide range of student activities, I feel that I have complete control over the structure of my day and am really able to personalize and adapt my experience to be whatever I want it to be.


Stuart Robbins Name: Stuart Robbins ‘20
Hometown
: Armonk, NY
Potential Major: American Studies
Activities on campus: Research Assistant for AMST-111, Treasurer for Ski and Snowboard Club, former Co-Chair for Pride Alliance
Hobbies: Gardening, Crafting, Skiing, Cooking 
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?

Amherst is a really special place because of the amazing individuals who make up our community. One piece of advice I was given upon arrival to campus was to genuinely make an effort to get to know the faculty and staff members who work at the college. After living on campus for three years I can say that following this advice has given me the chance to connect with and learn from some of the most interesting people I've met in my life. My fellow students constantly amaze me with their ambition, curiosity, and hobbies. If you have any questions about LGBT life on campus, the non-athlete experience at Amherst, or anything else please feel free to reach out to me via email at srobbins20@amherst.edu.


Hayley Roy '20 Name: Hayley Roy ‘20
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought 
Activities on campus: Varsity Soccer, Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect and Book and Plow Farm             
Hobbies: Reading, hiking and piano
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you pick Amherst?

I chose Amherst because of the people I met when I first visited. It was clear that this was a community that loved where they were and were determined to make Amherst, and the world, a better place. I love being apart of this community now and I know that it has made me a more well-rounded person. Not only do I appreciate the Amherst community, but the campus is so picturesque it now seems impossible for me to imagine myself anywhere else.


Audrey Stromberg '20 Name: Audrey Stromberg ‘20
Hometown
: Tulsa, OK
Potential Major: Psychology
Activities on campus: Intramural volleyball team captain, Outing Club participant
Hobbies: Powerlifting, writing, watching a lot (a lot) of YouTube videos
Favorite question asked on tours: How tall are you?

My name is Audrey Stromberg, and I'm a senior at Amherst. I chose Amherst for all of the obvious reasons, such as the open curriculum, student-to-faculty ratio, and the diverse community of friendly Amherst dogs. Thanks to Amherst, I've been able to fully explore all of my academic interests, finally and happily landing on a psychology major. Along the way, I've taken classes with and gotten to know some of the most intellectually curious minds in the country. As a result, I have grown not only as a student, but also as a person. Amherst is truly a unique experience, and I hope to show you that too! Feel free to email me at astromberg20@amherst.edu with any questions or just to talk Amherst!


Elizabeth Sturley '20

Name: Elizabeth Sturley ‘20
Hometown
: Austin, TX
Potential Major(s): Political Science, Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, and the Five College Certificate in International Relations 
Activities on campus: Women's Varsity Field Hockey, Amherst Political Union, Hillel, Amherst LEADS, Outing Club
Hobbies: Travel, hiking, zumba, and cooking & baking (but mostly eating)

I love being at Amherst and engaging in incredible conversations with people from such diverse backgrounds! People here--students, faculty, and staff--are all so passionate about a range of things. The conversations with my peers and with adults in the community extend far beyond the classroom, ranging from talking about current events and politics to discussions about family traditions back home or new books that we've read. Every single day, these interactions solidify my decision of choosing Amherst!


Hana Teklu '20 Name: Hana Teklu ‘20
Hometown
: Bronx, NY 
Major: Political Science
Activities on campus: African and Caribbean Student's Union, Black Student's Union, Phonathon, Reader to Reader
Hobbies: Reading, writing poetry, taking Buzzfeed quizzes, watching too many TV shows at once

Hi there, I'm Hana! I am a senior from New York City, born in Ethiopia. I will soon be majoring in Political Science but have a variety of interests that range from English to Religion. I love to learn both from my amazing professors and my classmates. One of my favorite things about a liberal arts education like that at Amherst is the small sized classes which allow for great conversations that challenge the ways I think as well as what I think. Outside of the classroom you can find me bothering my friends or taking a Buzzfeed quiz about which country I should visit based on how I style my non-existent mansion. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions at hteklu20@amherst.edu.


  Sarah Weintraub '20
Name
: Sarah Weintraub ‘20
Hometown
: Scarsdale, NY
Potential Major: Political Science
Activities on campus: Women's Club Crew Team, Amherst College Ski and Snowboard Club, Residence Counselor, Orientation Leader
Hobbies: Hiking, Skiing, Crafting
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite meal at Val?

My name is Sarah Weintraub and I am a senior from Scarsdale, New York. As soon as I started looking at colleges, I immediately fell in love with Amherst College because of its size, open curriculum, and sense of community. I am currently a member of the women’s crew team on campus and I am the president of the Ski and Snowboard Club. I have been able to explore so many different interests in a variety of classes here because of the open curriculum. Amherst is an amazing place because students, professors and faculty are able to come together to learn from each other every single day. The students here are diverse and interesting and it's great to continue to meet new people all the time on campus. I am excited to be a tour guide to share my knowledge about and love for Amherst with potential students. Feel free to email me at sweintraub20@amherst.edu with any questions about anything Amherst!


Caleb Winfrey '20 Name: Caleb Winfrey ‘20
Hometown
: Boca Raton, FL
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and Statistics
Activities on campus: Men's Rowing Team
Hobbies: Making memes, writing for various publications, brewing the best coffee on campus, watching all of my mediocre Miami sports teams, supporting my friends at performances/sporting events, exploring the Pioneer Valley

Amherst College has been the perfect school for me, and I believe it can be the perfect college for many prospective students. My professors are all at the top of their respective fields, but still put in the time to make sure each student reaches their full potential (by asking challenging questions, leading discussions, and having accessible office hours). Similarly, Amherst students are cooperative, hard-working, and talented, which expedites learning and significantly reduces the stress of schoolwork. Amherst's small size allows you to become close with some of these incredible people, which you will especially appreciate when you always find a friend to sit with at Val or Frost. If you have a question about student life at Amherst College, please feel free to email me at cwinfrey19@amherst.edu! Go Mammoths!


Morgan Yurosek '20 Name: Morgan Yurosek ‘20
Hometown
: Coto de Caza, CA
Potential Majors: Economics 
Activities on campus: Women's Golf Team, Amherst LEADS, Amherst College Republicans, Women in Finance
Hobbies: Playing guitar, watching all sports, snowboarding, being creative with my Val meals

Hi! My name is Morgan Yurosek and I am a senior from sunny Southern California. Calling the East Coast home has been an amazing experience and I have enjoyed the fall foliage, snow, and change of scenery. At Amherst I am a member of the Women's Golf Team and am an Economics major. Since coming to Amherst I have met a ton of people from diverse backgrounds and have taken classes that have introduced me to new and interesting subjects like Russian. I was drawn to Amherst because of the small size of the student body and have enjoyed its perks including small class sizes and the ability to form relationships with the professors. I can't wait to share my wonderful experience here with prospective students. If you have any questions about the school feel free to email me at myurosek20@amherst.edu!


Tour Guides - Class of 2021

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

Hi, my name is Armando and I'm originally from Caracas, Venezuela but lived most of my life in Miami. It was during move in day at a Spanish speaking families reception that I knew Amherst and I were meant to be. I was told "esto es tu casa" (this is your home), and it has been so much more. From having an inspiring seminar professor who encouraged me to take advantage of the open curriculum and pursue a second major, to friends who want to have picnics on the quad, and crying from laughter with teammates over movies, I know Amherst has been the place for me to grow academically and personally. Amherst to me means the smell of fresh air at the end of a hiking trail, the changing colors of the leaves, talking to really excited alumni, the cheers you yell with friends at homecoming, and the passion in the teacher’s eyes that’s mirrored by the students. If you have any questions about the school feel free to email me at abrito21@amherst.edu!


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

Buon giorno! I'm Bridget and I'm currently a junior at Amherst College. I am a Psychology major with a strong academic interest in Italian Language and Cultural Studies which I am able to pursue through the Five College Consortium here. But what I am most passionate about? My fur baby, Capri. Named after the beautiful island in Italy, Capri is a 9 month old Cavapoo puppy who lives with me here on campus. She's a big hit on campus and loves all the pets and treats she receives from students when we go on walks around campus. You can find Capri and I on the first year quad doing some homework or walking around Pratt field for football games! Feel free to reach out with questions, or just to say hi at bcarmichael21@amherst.edu. Ciao!


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

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



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

Hey all! I'm Thomas, a junior and ardent supporter of all things Chicago. After graduating from a school that fed from all parts of the city, I knew I would need a college that was equally diverse. Here in such a close-knit community, we all celebrate and cherish each other's differences. Amherst students know that together, not apart, we change the world. In my studies I take advantage of our open curriculum daily. As I study the hard sciences for pre-med and legal systems I realize that logic and creativity overlap. Otherwise, on campus you may find me arranging music at a table in Beneski, jamming on a piano in the basement of Jearns, or putting some strange variety of spices on Val's lighter-side catfish. One of my favorite activities running among fall's changing leaves on the bike trail. I am so grateful to Amherst Select, our school's internship program, for exposing me to HIV-related health disparities in my hometown. I can't wait for two more years of learning, goofing-off, and East-coasters saying "word" to everything. Please shoot me an email at tdaprile21@amherst.edu with any questions – I love to chat!


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

Hi! My name is Rafi and I am a junior from the southern paradise of Northern Louisiana. Already within my first year I have been welcomed into so many accepting communities like the crew team, Blue Sox, and even the floor I live on (South fourth floor represent!). I absolutely love that there is no limit to the communities you can continuously make here at Amherst. Being far away from home is easy with such a supportive group of people always there for me. I can't wait for the next three years here and all the memories I'll get to make here at Amherst! I would love to answer any questions you may have, you can reach me at rdemerath21@amherst.edu.



Eve De Muheto Name
: Eve De Muheto ‘21
Hometown
: New York, New York
Potential Majors: Political Science and Spanish
Activities on campus: African Caribbean Student Union (ACSU) Caribbean Chair, Research Assistant to Chipo Dendere, Frost Cafe Employee, Annual Fund Phoneathon Student Supervisor 
Hobbies: Reading, listening to Otis Redding, watching TV 
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?

Hey everyone! My name is Eve De Muheto and I am from New York City. I am a junior intending to major in Political Science. Although I have only been here a short time, I have loved my experience at Amherst because despite its size I still feel like I belong in so many different communities within the student body. Between my classmates, professors, and peers from clubs I always feel supported, which I attribute to the tight-knit nature of the school. I am incredibly excited to see what my next two years here bring and share with you all how special Amherst is to me.


Hayley Fleming 21 Name: Hayley Fleming ‘21
Hometown
: Tampa, Florida
Potential Majors: Political Science and Music
Activities on campus: Amherst College Democrats, Amherst Sailing Team, Amherst Student Newspaper
Hobbies: Playing jazz piano, reading Kurt Vonnegut, FaceTiming my cats, and watching old sci-fi movies 
Favorite question asked on tours: Why would you leave Florida weather and move to Massachusetts?

Hi everyone! My name is Hayley, and I'm a junior from the wonderful paradise of Tampa, Florida. I came to Amherst intending to study Political Science, but thanks to the open curriculum and a twist of fate, I'm now double majoring in music. My favorite things to do at Amherst are sitting in boats with the sailing team (ask me about how much I love Lake Arcadia), talking politics with AC Democrats, and Val Sitting to hide from the cold weather. I've also gotten really involved in off-campus activities by becoming the leader of a local Girl Scout Troop and getting involved in College Democrats of Massachusetts. For me, the best parts of going to Amherst are taking advantage of the 5 College Consortium and enjoying the amazing scenery from campus--coming from Florida, I still feel a little alarmed whenever I wake up and see the mountains outside of my dorm room window! Feel free to email me with questions about Amherst at hfleming21@amherst.edu.


Sarah Gayer '21

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

Hi, I'm Sarah, and I'm a junior from the San Francisco Bay Area of California! I really wanted to try something new when I came to college, so I decided to travel across the country to Amherst. Everyday I am grateful that I chose this school. The professors are always very helpful, the campus is beautiful, the community is close, and the people are great! The open curriculum is one of my favorite aspects of the classes here, and I am enjoying using it to its fullest potential. When I'm not studying, you can catch me running cross country and track! I also participate in Amherst Dance and Amherst Connects. I hope you enjoy Amherst as much as I do, please feel free to email me with any questions at sgayer21@amherst.edu!


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

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



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

Hey guys! My name’s Elly and I’m a junior from Los Angeles, California (Pasadena specifically for any fellow Angelenos out there). I'm still not 100% certain on my major, but I'm very passionate about the arts and humanities. I chose Amherst for the breadth offered by the open curriculum, its reputation for academic rigor, and the diversity of its student body. I’ve been able to take classes as diverse as theater, Chinese, and psychology as early as the first semester of freshman year while making friends from all over the country and world. But my favorite thing about Amherst is its strong sense of community. One of the blessings of a small college is that you see your friends constantly, and as soon as the first few weeks Amherst started feeling like home. Please feel free to email me at ehong21@amherst.edu if you have any questions! I’m happy to chat anytime, and I hope to see you at Amherst!


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

Hi! My name is Lauren Lamb, and I am a junior from Connecticut. I spent four years at boarding school in New England, so in many ways Amherst is quite similar, but in other ways, Amherst is very different, but I love both. On campus, I run on the Varsity track and field team and help promote environmental sustainability as an Eco Rep. When I’m not running or explaining the importance of bee conservation and downsizing, I like to walk to town for a donut at Glazed or the bike trail with my friends. I love the open curriculum at Amherst, so I can focus on classes in areas I’m passionate about, while feeling free to explore other disciplines. The people at Amherst are what really make the college special. Everyone is driven and passionate, while also quirky and caring. I find myself spending way too long in the dining hall talking to my friends about everything and anything. I’m looking forward to studying abroad my junior year and meeting a lot more people on campus. I’m excited to share my experiences at Amherst with you, so if you have any questions, feel free to email me at llamb21@amherst.edu.


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

Hello! My name is Hunter, and I’m from Portland, Oregon. At Amherst, I serve on the Amherst College Senate and the executive board of the Amherst College Pride Alliance. As a sophomore, I have enjoyed taking many courses in differing departments and have come to love the ways in which my classes in seemingly disparate disciplines connect with one another. Each morning I wake up I am excited to be at Amherst, and I hope to be able to convey my love for the college as a tour guide. Amherst is a special place, created and sustained by the special people who are part of it. If you have any questions feel free to reach me at hlampson21@amherst.edu. Happy touring!


Name: Jeremy Loeb ‘21
Hometown
: New York City, New York
Potential Majors: Architectural Studies 
Activities on campus: Hillel, Phonathon, (Formerly) Crew team 
Hobbies: Music, shoes, working out, museum touring, basketball, tennis, watching the Yankees
Favorite question asked on tours: What distinguishes Amherst from its peers, particularly other small liberal arts colleges?

Dear all, My name is Jeremy and I am a junior from New York City. I picked Amherst because I believed the school best provided the tools and academic environment to allow me to explore my academic interest. I am very passionate about cities, architecture, and art, which led me to a our architectural studies program which is unlike any other architecture program given the interdisciplinary nature of Amherst. Our courses and open curriculum have allowed be to really dig deep and explore my interests and achieve my goal of having a better understanding of myself. Furthermore, I also have a deep interest in history and being able to take classes in both departments has allowed me to have a better understanding of each other. I am a die heart Yankee's fan, who loves to watch the game on while I do homework. I also enjoy sneakers and streetwear probably a bit too much for my (or my bank account's) own good.



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

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


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

Hey! My name is Abigail Offei-Addo, and I am a junior here at Amherst. I first learned of Amherst when two of my older brothers decided to attend Amherst and its rival school (which shall not be named). As I learned about the opportunities that Amherst offered academically, I decided to apply. Now that I'm here, I can't imagine being anywhere else; the friends that I've made, the professors I've interacted with, and the classes that I’ve taken make being here on campus truly worth it. I can genuinely say that I’ve found a family here, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Normally, I try to focus more on the academic side of life, but when I need to procrastinate (which is often), YouTube, Spotify, anime, and K-dramas are my go-to’s. I also enjoy playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, talking about the latest video game developments, and debating random topics. I was a part of Women’s Club Soccer for a hot second, but I am more than willing to talk about anything from football to water polo. Feel free to e-mail me at aoffeiaddo21@amherst.edu if you have any questions about Amherst.


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

Hi! My name is Lorelle Sang and I’m a junior from Brooklyn, New York. I’m planning on double majoring in Neuroscience and Music. I was immediately attracted to Amherst because of the open curriculum. I really liked having lot’s of control over what I studied, and since coming to Amherst have met so many encouraging people who have helped me continue to pursue my interests and passions to the best of my ability. If you have any questions about my experience at Amherst send me an email at lsang21@amherst.edu!


Enoch Shin Name: Enoch Shin ‘21
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Potential Majors: History and Statistics
Activities on campus: Stats grader, meditation group, Korean Students Association, tour guide
Hobbies: Running and biking on the rail trails, hiking, watching low-budget horror movies, geocaching
Favorite question asked on tours: Where is your favorite place to study?

When I was in high school, I never imagined that I would end up at a liberal arts school on the opposite side of the country. In fact, I seriously considered just going to my local community college. I had no idea what I wanted to study, let alone how I could afford college; thus, I thought it would be safer to transfer later. But Amherst gave me the freedom to pursue bigger opportunities. Amherst has certainly strengthened my academic mind and eased my worries about affording college, but I have also been encouraged to cultivate a broader perspective of my place in the world and in relation to other people. As a tour guide, I hope to express how much I've been able to grow here. Feel free to reach out with any questions at eshin21@amherst.edu!


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

Howdy! I'm a third-year from Houston, Texas double majoring in English & Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. I love it here and I'm sure you will, too! I have a strong interest in domestic and international human rights--grounded in American carceral practices. With the open curriculum, I've had the studied subjects I have legitimate interest in--without worrying about fulfilling tedious general education requirements. Although it's a far cry from Houston, Amherst is my home away from home--thanks to all the genuine, kind people here. If you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail at jthomas21@amherst.edu. I'm more than happy to talk about anything from Toni Morrison to what Kim's entrepreneurial spirit.

 


Javier Whitaker-Castaneda Name: Javier Whitaker-Castañeda ‘21

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Potential Majors: Political Science and Spanish
Activities on campus: Office of Environmental Sustainability Intern, La Causa eBoard member, WAMH radio show host, Reader to Reader
Hobbies: Classical guitar, graphic design, playing/watching soccer and basketball, Val sitting

Hello! My name is Javier and I'm from Minneapolis, Minnesota. My favorite thing about college so far is that Amherst makes it easy to pursue what I enjoy. In my first year it was exceptionally straightforward to join student clubs and other on-campus activities that I liked. Academics at Amherst are also very accessible; teachers are always ready to meet one on one and, thanks to the open curriculum, I will be able to double major despite starting one of my majors in my second year. If you think of any questions related to what I do on campus or about being an Amherst student in general please send them my way and I'll send a detailed and honest response. My email is jwhitakercastaneda21@amherst.edu.


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

Hi! My name is Ben and from the moment I visited Amherst I fell in love with the college. Back home in Michigan, however, very few people have heard of this “little” school. Despite that, I’m so happy I came to Amherst, as it has been everything I’d hoped for and more. There is a unique and strong sense of community that makes the Amherst experience very enriching. The entire student body is so friendly, and the professors genuinely care about their students, even outside the classroom. The open curriculum is allowing me to easily pursue a double major while still taking many other fascinating classes outside my majors. The college also provides so many non-academic opportunities for all students to get involved in every aspect of college life. Amherst is a place where you can truly come to grow and discover what you’re passionate about. I love to talk about Amherst, so if you’d like to talk about academics, student life, sports, political activity or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact me! My email is byared21@amherst.edu.


Marina Zambrano 21 Name: Marina Zambrano‘21
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Majors: Chemistry and Spanish
Activities on campus: Women's Club Soccer, WAMH, Project SALUD, Theater & Dance, Chemistry Research
Hobbies: Listening to music, petting dogs, watching YouTube videos, dancing to the HSM soundtrack with my friends

Hi! My name is Marina and I am from the northern suburbs of Chicago. I am a Junior at Amherst and am double majoring in Chemistry & Spanish. I spend most of my time on campus in the new science center or hanging out at Marsh House (the arts house on campus). I am a member of the Women's Club Soccer team and am enjoying every second of it! Club sports are a big part of my life here on campus and I have found some of my best friends through being on the team. I grew up on the lake, so I love to swim, kayak, and sail. My favorite thing to eat on campus are the mac & cheese bites at Schwemm's. I first learned about Amherst through DIVOH (Amherst's Diversity Open House). If you are considering applying or have any questions about the program, feel free to email me at mzambrano21@amherst.edu. I'd be happy to share a little bit about my experience. I hope you enjoy getting to know Amherst a bit better and I hope you'll consider joining our community. Roll Mammos!


Lisa Zhuetlin '21

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

Hi! I’m Lisa, a junior from Florida (yes, I am adjusting to the weather here!). As you saw above, I am interested in many subjects so I’m not sure what I am going to major in yet, but the open curriculum here is helping me figure that out! It’s super easy to get involved in extracurriculars at Amherst. I’m passionate about intersectional feminism so I’m in the Reproductive Justice Alliance, and I love writing so I am a writer for the Amherst Student (our newspaper) and an editor for The Indicator (our magazine). Also, I had never done improv comedy before coming to college but now I'm a part of our improv group on campus called Mr. Gad's. Besides those fun tidbits, I pride myself in being a lava cake enthusiast and you’ll probably see me around campus in colorful, funky outfits. My favorite parts about Amherst are the quad, the size, the people, the professors, and the sense of community here. I want you to love Amherst too, so feel free to email me if you have any questions at lzheutlin21@amherst.edu.


Tour Guides - Class of 2022

Name: Abdullah Brownel '22
Home
town: St. Louis, Missouri
Potential Majors: Undecided
Activities on campus: Rugby, Amherst Political Union, Debate, BSU
Hobbies: Laughing, listening to music, wandering around and meeting new people, and taking advantage of student discounts like that free WSJ subscription

Being only a year removed, I remember how scary, yet exciting of a time it is venturing out and exploring where you'll potentially spend 4+ super important years of your life. And so, hopefully I can bring that human element to discovering Amherst more than just the website or admissions brochures to help everyone who visits this campus feel welcome and free to determine how well of a fit it is for them the same way that I would have wanted for myself not too long ago. And so, ask away, I love questions and I love communicating with people and can't wait to meet you guys!


Mattea Denney 22 Name: Mattea Denney '22
Home
town: Saint George, Utah
Potential Majors: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought & Theater and Dance
Activities on campus: Bluestockings (one of two all-female a cappella groups), Green Room (student-run theatre group), Debate, Beneski Museum of Natural History Docent
Hobbies: Writing music, watching bootleg videos of Broadway musicals, talking about dinosaurs, getting boba, having political/philosophical discussions, going on spontaneous adventures, and Val-sitting (of course.)

Hey! I'm Mattea, and I'm a sophomore student from Utah (there's only a couple of Utahns here at Amherst!) I'm very excited to be able to share my love of Amherst with you. Amherst is a remarkably special place, and I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to be a student here. The student body is absolutely incredible. I am continually blown away by the amazing life stories each student has to tell. Everyone here has a different background and something to offer to the school as a whole, and that makes Amherst a very inspiring place to be. Another thing I love about Amherst is the open-curriculum. It has allowed me to follow both of my passions by double-majoring, along with providing the opportunity to explore subjects outside of my majors. Amherst truly is a place where you can grow, explore possibilities, and broaden your horizons. I'm excited to be able to share all the wonderful things this school has to offer with you! Please feel free to email me at mdenney22@amherst.edu with any questions you may have, or if you just want to talk about Amherst!


Luyao Fu 22

Name: Luyao Fu '22
Home
town: Xiangxiang, Hunan, China
Potential Majors: Economics and ASLC
Activities on campus: Quad Council Executive Board, CSA project leader, ASA
Hobbies: Painting, studying at cafes, watching youtube videos, dancing to k-pop choreography

Hey! My name is Luyao Fu, and I go by Mimi. I grew up in China, but moved to Boston 8 years ago. My prospective majors are economics and Japanese (even though I am in Japanese 101 right now). In my free time, I like to dance, sing, and draw with friends, but I am by no means a professional at any of these skills. Amherst stood out among other small liberal arts colleges because of its diverse community and non-toxic competition. In this atmosphere, I truly feel that I receive an education for its inherent fulfillment, not for an end goal. Contrary to my high school experience, receiving a good grade became an affirmation of my hard work, rather than a letter that looks good on my transcript (Of course grades still matter). I can't imagine myself going to any other school. I've met so many amazing and unique people, and I've learned a lot from them. But if you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to email lufu22@amherst.edu!


Cece Hong 22 Name: Cece Hong '22
Home
town: Westport, Connecticut
Potential Majors: Chemistry and Sexuality, Women, and Gender Studies
Activities on campus: Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Asian Students Association 
Hobbies: Flute, journaling, cooking in Greenway, dancing badly in Zumba and other social settings, and getting roasted on Subtle Asian Traits

Hi! I'm Cece Hong, and I'm a sophomore from Westport, Connecticut! Being here at Amherst makes me so happy, and I am so excited to share my love for this school with y'all. Amherst is truly my second home, and I genuinely love everyone at this school. I am always amazed at how supportive, collaborative, and inspirational the student body is, and this motivates me everyday to push myself and strive for my passions. I am currently a prospective Chemistry and Sexuality, Women, and Gender Studies major on the pre-med track! Outside of class, you can catch me at Arms Music Center playing with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, trying my McBest in Zumba class, being loud on second floor Frost, or cooking in the Greenway kitchens! If you have any questions, need any advice, or if you just want to chat, please shoot me an email at shong22@amherst.edu. Roll mammos :)



Shikha Jha 22 Name
: Shikha Jha '22
Home
town: Troy, Michigan
Potential Majors: Psychology and Chemistry
Activities on campus: Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC), South Asian Students Association (SASA) 
Hobbies: ping-pong, tennis, and spending hours (literally) on the Amherst trail

Hey! My name is Shikha, and I'm from just outside Detroit, Michigan. I'm only a sophomore and a lot of my plans are subject to change, but I'm currently thinking of studying psychology on the pre-med track (we'll see if the Open Curriculum says otherwise). The few months I've spent at Amherst have already been some of the most enjoyable to date, and I wake up every morning excited for the new people I'll meet and the new experiences I'll have. I'm always happy to share my thoughts and stories from this first year at Amherst, especially if it can help make your college application process easier - feel free to email me at sjha22@amherst.edu if you have any questions!


James Kwak 22

Name: James Kwak '22
Home
town: Tampa, Florida
Potential Major: Philosophy
Activities on campus: Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect, Asian Students Association, Questbridge Scholars, Botany Club
Hobbies: VPlaying drums, watching the Celtics, and curating fantastic music playlists that I never actually listen to

Hello! My name is James Kwak and I'm a sophomore from Tampa, Florida. I expected the transition to Amherst to be difficult, but I was surprised to find that engaging with Amherst's passionate and diverse student body as well as building intimate relationships with my professors immediately made me feel at home! My favorite thing about Amherst is that you're given so many opportunities to explore things outside your normal realm of interests. For example, despite being in rural Western Massachusetts, I was able to attend several unique musical concerts funded entirely by the college. One of these concerts, which featured esteemed saxophonist Darius Jones, helped expand my definition of music and challenged my preexisting outlook on performative art. I believe that college is a place for growth and exploration, and Amherst encourages me to do exactly that every single day! If you have any questions or would like to reach out to me, please do so at skwak22@amherst.edu!


Alexi Lee 22 Name: Alexi Lee '22
Home
town: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Potential Majors: LJST and Psychology
Activities on campus: Women's Crew Team, Dancing and Stepping at Amherst College (DASAC)
Hobbies: Dancing, sleeping, rewatching The Office, and online shopping

Hey y'all! My name is Alexi Lee, and I am a sophomore from TN. I love Amherst with my whole heart, and I am so excited to get to show others around this wonderful second home of mine! I am currently planning on double-majoring in LJST and Psychology; outside of class, you can catch me on the Connecticut rowing for the women's crew team, Val sitting with my friends, being way too loud on A Level in Frost, or dancing with the lovely dancers of DASAC! I hope you have an amazing time exploring Amherst; feel free to email me at malee22@amherst.edu with any questions you might have!


Andrea Mirow 22 Name: Andrea Mirow '22
Home
town: Miami, Florida
Potential Majors: Biology and Art History
Activities on campus: Club Ultimate Frisbee, La Causa, Student Health Educator (SHE), Research assistant 
Hobbies: Val sitting, laughing way too loudly on 3rd Floor Frost, finding people to speak Spanish with, doing work at The Black Sheep

Hi! My name is Andrea Mirow and I’m originally from Miami, Florida. I first visited Amherst through the Diversity Open House (DIVOH) program at the beginning of my senior year of high school. I was really curious to see what made Amherst special, and I instantly realized it is the beautiful, vibrant community on campus. After meeting so many amazing people, I decided this was the place for me. Already a year in, I feel like I’ve found a second home. Amherst also offers a ton of really cool opportunities for students to get out there and explore their interests. The open curriculum has allowed me to take classes in history of science and art while also testing out physics and chemistry. My professors genuinely care about how I’m doing, not only in class but outside as well, and they continue to guide and help me figure out what I want to do. I am so proud to be a student at Amherst (and a mammoth!), and I can’t wait to share that with you! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at amirow22@amherst.edu.


  Diego Rao Name: Diego Rao '22
 Home
town: Boston, Massachusetts
 Potential Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and Physics
 Activities on campus: Player and Treasurer for Men's Club Rugby; Archery Club; Amherst Democrats; Tour Guide
 Hobbies: Cooking and Baking; Cycling; Listening to Music

Hi! My name is Diego and I’m a sophomore student from Boston, Massachusetts. The main thing that drew me to Amherst was the open curriculum, but what I’ve found since then has been a world of possibilities. I got involved and fell in love with things I had never tried before like rugby, archery, and giving tours. I fell in love with the College because of how authentic and passionate everyone is. Everyone is happy to be who they are, and are excited to find out who you are. The best part of the open curriculum is that everyone in class – including the professors – is there because they want to be, and everyone feeds off that energy together. The same goes for extracurricular activities and even just hanging out with friends: everyone puts their heart into what they do. If you have any questions about applying to Amherst or what life is like here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at drao22@amherst.edu.


 
Ramses Rubio 22 Name
: Ramses Rubio '22
 Home
town: Annandale, Virginia
 Potential Majors: Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought and Economics
 Activities on campus: Phonathon Caller, Club Soccer Member, Spanish Peer Tutor, and Ski Club
 Hobbies: Skiing, Hiking, Cooking, Netflix, and playing soccer 
 Favorite Question Asked on Tours: How are you fitting into Amherst?

Hola mis amigos! My name is Ramses Rubio and I'm a sophomore from Northern Virginia (basically DC). My mom is from Panama and my dad is from Peru. I love Amherst for the beautiful surroundings and tranquility that it provides while still not feeling that I'm in the middle of nowhere. I really love the Amherst Community for all the friends that I've made and being part of multiple clubs. The most amazing thing has been all the ski trips I've been able to take this year which are all paid for by the school. Feel free to reach out to me at rrubio22@amherst.edu and I look forward to seeing you on campus!


Virginia Ryan 22

 Name: Virginia Ryan '22
 Home
town: Concord, Massachusetts 
 Potential Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and Classics
 Activities on campus: Softball, Outing Club, Active Minds, Athletes and Allies
 Hobbies: Hiking, swimming, listening to music, running,   reading

Hi! My name is Virginia and I'm a sophomore 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.


Molly Sanderson 22  Name: Molly Sanderson '22
 Home
town: Seattle, Washington
 Potential Majors: Math and Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
 Activities on campus: Eco-reps, Mock Trial, Outing Club, Campus Babysitter
 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 sport affiliation. We also get to know the staff at Val and in our dorms, too. I’ve made fast-friends here, and already have a tradition of hosting movie and game nights with my new friends on weekends. Amherst is a great place to learn, and I’m excited to share that with you!


  David Xu 22 Name: David Xu '22
 Home
town: Pleasanton, California
 Potential Major: Undecided
 Activities on campus: Mock Trial, Amherst Symphony   Orchestra, Asian Student Association, Badminton Club,   Outing Club
 Hobbies: Violin, Reading, watching rom-coms,   photography, sleeping, calligraphy

Hi there! My name is David Xu and I'm a sophomore student here at Amherst College. Like many students on campus, I am undecided on my major and am taking a variety of classes in Economics, Music, Math, Physics, etc. I've actually found that I'm even more undecided and sometimes wish I could just major in everything, but I'm certain I'll come to a decision (eventually). Outside of classes I love taking naps, playing in the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, being dramatic during opening statements in Mock Trial, and checking out the variety of activities on campus. If you want some insight into the first year experience, want tips on the quietest study spots on campus, or have any questions, feel free to contact me at dxu22@amherst.edu!