Meet Our Tour Guides

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

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Head Tour Guides

James Flatow '19 Name: James Flatow ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Psychology
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services
Hobbies: Watching sports, playing guitar, running
Favorite question asked on tours: What's it like to be pre-med at a small, liberal arts college?

My name is James Flatow, and I’m a junior from New York City (yes, the city itself – unsettling peace and quiet have replaced the horns and sirens to which I fell asleep growing up). I’m a pre-med psychology major at Amherst, though the open curriculum has cultivated academic interests across several departments. In addition to giving tours, I’m an EMT with and member of the Board of Directors of ACEMS (Amherst College Emergency Medical Services). Though schoolwork and extracurriculars claim most of my time, I’m never too busy to watch the Yankees, jam with friends in a music practice room, or run on the scenic bike path alongside campus. Please feel free to send me questions at

Kathleen Maeder '20

Name: Kathleen Maeder ‘20
: San Pedro, CA
Majors: Political Science and Environmental Studies
Activities on campus: Writer for The Amherst Student, Eco-Reps, Women's Ultimate Frisbee
Hobbies: Hiking, podcasts, reading, video games, running

Hey everyone! My name is Kathleen, and I am a sophomore at Amherst College. While I haven't declared my major yet, I am currently planning on majoring in both Political Science and Environmental Studies. I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and moving from an industrial port town outside of LA to a rural college town on the East Coast has been an amazing journey (for those of you thinking about moving to Amherst from the West Coast, don't worry, the weather really isn't too bad once you get used to it!). My favorite aspect of the Amherst campus culture is how students are encouraged to branch out and experience new things, both in an academic sense with the Open Curriculum, and in extracurriculars. I absolutely love talking about Amherst, my majors, and my personal experience here on campus, so please reach out to me at with any questions you have!

 Tour Guides—Class of 2019

Jana Barber '19 Name: Jana Barber ‘19
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought and French
Activities on campus: Amherst College Women's Crew Team, DASAC
Hobbies: Binge watching Shonda Rhimes TGIT and traveling
Favorite question asked on tours: Do you have really good calves from walking backwards?

Hey! My name is Jana Barber and I’m a junior from Oak Park, IL, which is right outside of Chicago. I am a French and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought double major. When I’m not hanging on the quad or studying with my friends in my favorite place, Frost library, you can find me at one of the practices for the crew team or rehearsals for Step Team in DASAC. So far my Amherst experience has been incredible; I love how the open curriculum has allowed me to take advantage of the humanities courses while avoiding the math and sciences, at least for now! I look forward to meeting you all on my tours and showing you the amazing experience Amherst can be!

Aahnix Bathurst '19 Name: Aahnix Bathurst ‘19
: Abilene, KS
Major: Linguistics with a Concentration in Neuroscience
Activities on campus: Amherst Christian Fellowship, Glee Club, Outing Club, WAMH 89.3 Radio DJ, German Club, French Club
Hobbies: Playing basketball, reading, watching movies, hiking, camping, canoeing
Favorite question asked on tours: How did we end up with the best tour guide?

Hi everyone! I’m Aahnix, and I’m not in Kansas anymore! I’m taking advantage of Amherst's open curriculum and the Five College Consortium; I enjoy getting off campus a few times every week for my linguistics classes at UMass. I am currently creating an interdisciplinary major, "Linguistics with a Concentration in Neuroscience," which incorporates classes at Amherst, UMass, and University of Goettingen, where I'll be studying abroad in the spring. Currently participating in the college radio station, Glee Club, Outing Club, Amherst Christian Fellowship, and ~mildly~ the French and German Clubs, I am very involved on campus. When I’m not performing in concerts or talking to the Pioneer Valley through the airwaves, you can find me playing basketball with my friends, Val-sitting, or taking apart my bike.

Helena Burgueno '19 Name: Helena Burgueño ‘19
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Majors: Film & Media Studies and Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, La Causa, Amherst College Horn Ensemble
Hobbies: DIYing things I am too cheap to buy, cooking, repeating stories to people without realizing, playing cards with my grandpa
Favorite question asked on tours: Where should we get lunch after this?

When I came to Amherst College, I was 100% prepared to be the kid who couldn’t stop sobbing after their parents pulled out of the parking lot. I certainly would never have expected that, on my first night here, I would hug my parents goodbye and then end up happily busting out my sweetest dance moves on the Val Quad with people who are still some of my closest friends to this day. I came to Amherst because I loved the idea of being able to craft my own education through the Open Curriculum, because the view at Memorial Hill never gets old, and because I wanted to be a member of the Five College community (the fact that purple is my favorite color was just an added bonus). While I was right about all of that, I realized that I would be happy staying at Amherst for other reasons: the professors and staff who go out of their way to get to know us, the students who never cease to amaze me, the infinite supply of roasted sweet potatoes at Val. I was truly surprised by how quickly I grew to love Amherst College, and as a tour guide, I want to share this with you! This may all seem a little cheesy, but it’s true (speaking of cheese, check out Grilled Cheese Day at Val and thank me later). Please feel free to send any questions to And, just for the record, I haven’t cried once since I’ve been here – except that one time when I was watching the end of Forrest Gump.

Mikayla Gordon-Wexler '19 Name: Mikayla Gordon Wexler ‘19
: West Hartford, CT
Major: Anthropology
Activities on campus: Amherst College Emergency Medical Service, GlobeMed, Club Sailing
Hobbies: Skiing, writing poetry, sailing, playing pick-up ice hockey

Hi! I'm Mikayla Gordon Wexler, and I am a current junior from West Hartford, Connecticut (about an hour directly south of Amherst). I spent my fall semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary, and I am super excited to be back on campus! Here at Amherst, I am a pre-med anthropology major, which perfectly combines my interests in the sciences and humanities -- part of the reason I love the open curriculum at Amherst so much. My biggest commitment on campus outside of academics is working with other amazing Amherst students as an EMT and board member for the Amherst College Emergency Medical Service. When I am not busy working on a paper or lab report, you can find me reading poetry on a bench overlooking Memorial Hill, running on the bike path, or Val-sitting (an Amherst term for hanging out in Valentine Dining Hall for an embarrassing amount of time) with friends. Feel free to reach out to me at with any questions about studying abroad, being premed with a humanities major, or any other concern!

Diane Lee '19 Name: Diane Lee ‘19
: Norwood, NJ
Major: English
Activities on campus: Women's and Gender Center, The Amherst Student, Consulting Club, First-Year Outdoor Orientation (FOOT) Leader, Outing Club
Hobbies: Writing, running, hiking, playing the cello, watching Real Housewives, spending time with Amherst town residents at the Amherst Survival Center
Favorite question asked on tours: Are first-year rooms always this big? (the answer is no)

Hey! I'm Diane, a junior from New Jersey. I'm currently majoring in English, though the open curriculum has allowed me to take classes across 11 (and counting!) departments. Amherst is one of the few small schools I applied to, and I couldn't be happier that I can call this place home. From eating cider donuts at Fall Fest with my professor's kids to having a heated debate in Frost Library with some friends, I love Amherst's traditions and community. I also love the balance between academic drive and support that my peers demonstrate. I think it makes Amherst a special place to not only learn new things, but also watch others grow with you. On campus, I write and edit for the college's newspaper and work as a student Program Coordinator for our Women's and Gender Center. See you on campus! 

Mariana Lehoucq '19 Name: Mariana Lehoucq ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Majors: Sociology and the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science
Activities on Campus: Amherst Choral Society, Project Salud, Roosevelt @ Amherst, AC Public Health Collaborative
Hobbies: Attending interesting talks, Spontaneous dance and karaoke sessions, Arts and crafts
Favorite question asked on tours: What’s the longest amount of time one could spend at Val?

Hi! My name is Mariana, and I’m a junior from Greensboro, NC. On campus, I am involved in Choral Society, the AC Public Health Collaborative, Project Salud, and the Roosevelt Institute. I also work as a student researcher for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Some of my favorite parts of Amherst are getting to explore various interests due to the open curriculum, being able to run into friends at any time in Val, and enjoying the “small school” sense of community while still having access to the tremendous amount of resources offered on campus, within the Five Colleges, and beyond! I spent the past summer interning in Lima, Peru, and am excited to study abroad in Stockholm during the Spring 2018 semester. If you have any questions about life at Amherst, think we may share a common interest, or would like a junior’s perspective on college, feel free to reach out to!

Bonnie Lin '19 Name: Bonnie Lin ‘19
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Major: Statistics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Women in Science, Public Health Collaborative, HerCampus, Budgetary Clerk, Reader to Reader, Not Bread Alone
Hobbies: Biking, listening to instrumental music, Google searches, and scrolling through Pinterest and Quora.
Favorite question asked on tours: What did you do in Amherst all summer?

Hello! A year's worth of time isn't enough for me to believe that I'm 2,995 miles from home. During the school year, I flew home once for a little over a week, but enjoyed Amherst enough to stay on campus for the entire summer, interning at the Admissions Office. Amherst has given me the chance to develop existing academic and non-academic interests, ranging from laboratory work to mentoring elementary school students. Classes, like Happiness and Representing Illness, have introduced me to novel topics, while on campus groups have exposed new experiences for me. I promise that I will get super excited to see something in my inbox from any prospective student with any questions or even a cheesy joke. Shoot an email to, and prepare to be amazed.

Kaelan McCone '19 Name: Kaelan McCone ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Majors: Mathematics, French, and Political Science
On-Campus Activities: QuestBridge Scholars, Association of Amherst Students (AAS)
Hobbies: Figure Skating, Netflix, YouTube
Favorite question asked on tours: How'd you end up at Amherst?

Originally from Greensboro, NC, I actually found out about this school by accidentally applying to a fly-in program in my senior year of high school. Ever since I first set foot on campus, I've been in love. Since coming here, I'm constantly amazed at the sense of community I feel here. One of the best elements of the school itself is the freedom to know people outside of your major, and the ability to take courses outside of your major as well! One of my favorite things to do on campus is to go to the ice rink and practice skating in between classes, which is surprisingly empty and fun! As a sophomore, I've had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of events on campus, and am looking forward to my next three years here!

Ian Miller '19 Name: Ian Miller ‘19
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Major: Political Science
On-Campus Activites: Mock Trial, Residential Counselor
Hobbies: Golf, Political Discussion
Favorite question asked on tours: Do you ever get tired of the hills?

Coming to Amherst has been a big change for me: colder weather, more diverse community, and the coolest people I've ever met make this place a far cry from Dallas, TX. Sure, it's hard to be away from my sisters (splitting up triplets is never easy), but I have quickly learned to love this place and it's become another "home." Right now I am working on figuring out what I want to do here at Amherst, but the current plan is to double major in Political Science and Asian Languages and Civilizations, but I have some Math credits under my belt so who knows what is going to happen? One of my favorite things about this place is I can change my mind a million times and they’ll still let me stay. When I am not doing coursework, I enjoy Mock Trial and attending Mr. Gads Improv Comedy shows. If you want to know more about Amherst from my perspective, hit me up at or in the Admissions Office.

Gg Lucas-Narcisse '19 Name: Gg Lucas-Narcisse ‘19
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Majors: Psychology and French
On-Campus Activities: Rhythm and Shoes, SHEs, Mock Trial, OlioHealth Educators, Book and Plow Farm, Resident Counselor
Hobbies: Sleeping, Reading, Sewing
Favorite question asked on tours: Where should we get lunch?

Hi there! I’m a junior here at Amherst College and I’m in love with it. I’m happy to be a part of such a close knit community, and get to know people from all walks of life. There are so many opportunities to get involved in and around campus so I’m always wishing I could do more. Already Amherst has really opened me up to a ton of new interests like West African Dance and farming. My email is if you want to ask me about Amherst or send me some sick puns. I hope to see or hear from you soon!

Denise Noriega Name: Denise Noriega ‘19
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Majors: Psychology and Mathematics
On-Campus Activities: Math Fellow, Research Assistant, QuestBridge, Campus Activities Board, La Causa
Hobbies: Netflix, cleaning, beach volleyball, watching baseball/softball, scrolling through the Explore page on Instagram
Favorite question asked on tours: What did you do this summer?

Hi! My name is Denise and I am a junior from Los Angeles, CA. I decided to come all the way to Amherst, MA after I came to Admitted Students Weekend in the spring of 2015. From the moment I stepped onto campus, I knew I could see myself thriving here. I loved speaking to all the students and enjoyed my time meeting faculty and staff. Now that I'm here, I couldn't be happier with my decision. There are so many people I've met in the last 2 years that have tremendously improved my life - from students to faculty and staff. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have at!

Grace Orr '19 Name: Grace Orr ‘19
: Briarcliff Manor, NY
Majors: Architectural Studies and Psychology
Activities on campus: Women's Soccer Team, Student Athletes Advisory Committee, Tour Guides
Hobbies: Art! I actually have a small quasi business called Vans by Grace in which I customize blank white sneakers. I paint the shoes according to whatever college, theme, or personalized design my customers ask for!
Favorite question asked on tours: What do you do for fun?

Hi! My name is Grace and I’m a sophomore from outside of New York City. I love Amherst for so many reasons, but two in particular stick out in my mind. For one, I had no idea what I wanted to study before going to college. I thought maybe I’d study chemistry and be pre-med, but as I explored the open curriculum, I found that actually architecture was so much cooler! Plus, the freedom to choose my own academic path has allowed me to major in psychology as well, while also taking Spanish classes on the side. The other (more important) reason I love Amherst is that I remember visiting for the first time and leaving with the impression that everyone I met was so friendly. And it’s true! Every individual person you meet here is outgoing, unique, and incredibly talented in his or her own way, so that you will learn something new or interesting or fun with every conversation and friendship that you have. As a junior now I'd like to say I've learned a thing or two over the past couple of years here, and I’d love to share whatever sparse knowledge I may have with any and every prospective student to help make your college decision easier!

Julia Pike '19 Name: Julia Pike ‘19
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: English
On-Campus Activities: Sparkle Motion Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Reproductive Justice Alliance, The Indicator, The Common
Hobbies: Running, writing, drawing, and hiking
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst?

Hi! My name is Julia Pike, and I'm from Brooklyn, New York. I'm a junior English major. Here on campus, I'm on Amherst College's Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, Sparkle Motion, I write for one of our school publications, the Indicator, and I intern with The Common, a literary magazine based out of Amherst. In my free time, I like to run on the beautiful Amherst trails, read, and watch Game of Thrones. Last year I lived in Marsh, the Arts theme house, and I'll be studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden, in Fall 2017. I can't wait to meet you all and show you around Amherst!

Molly Pines '19 Name: Molly Pines ‘19
Hometown: Orinda, CA
Majors: English and Spanish
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Swim Team, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Listening to music, reading poetry, taking BuzzFeed quizzes, watching Pixar movies, Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: What is there to do in Amherst, Massachusetts?!?

Hi, I’m Molly Pines! I'm a junior from a small suburb of San Francisco (and I will always be a West Coaster at heart, no matter how much I love Amherst). I'm majoring in English and Spanish, and at school when I’m not eating, sleeping, or studying, I also swim breaststroke for our Varsity Swim & Dive Team and participate in Amherst Dance. If you have any questions about Amherst in general or about my specific interests, don’t hesitate to contact me at I’m happy to talk about anything and everything Amherst!

Ethan Rosenthal '19 Name: Ethan Rosenthal ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: History
On-Campus Activities: Hillel, Amherst Political Union, Poker Club, Investment Club, College Republicans 
Hobbies: Skiing, Watching any sport on TV
Favorite question asked on tours: How does town life in Amherst compare to being home in New York City?

Hi! My name is Ethan Rosenthal, and I am a junior from New York City, New York. I am a history major focusing on modern nationalist movements. Outside of the classroom, I have been able to be a part of some amazing groups like Amherst College Hillel and the Amherst Political Union as well as participated in various intramural sports. Both my studies and extra-curricular activities have been typical of my Amherst experience: engaging and intimate. If you have any questions or concerns about academics, student life, or anything else that might be on your mind, feel free to shoot me an email at Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Andrew Sommer '19 Name: Andrew Sommer ‘19
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
Majors: Computer Science and Asian Languages & Civilizations
On-Campus Activities: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Outing Club, Computer Science TA, Varsity Football
Hobbies: Hiking, Biking, Cooking, and Traveling 
Favorite question asked on tours: You play football?!

Amherst College is a special kind of place. It's one of the few places that has succeeded in bringing people from different backgrounds together while providing them an open forum to share their stories and experiences. There are so many fascinating and exciting people at Amherst, so any time I can just meet someone new and listen to what they have to say, that is something I truly love. That's probably why I love tour guiding too! I get to hear all of the fantastic stories and places that our prospective students have been to - It's like a sneak peek into Amherst's future, and it's always satisfying-ly bright. Terras Irradient. If you have any questions about Amherst or are interested in talking to a current Amherst student, please feel free to contact me at I can't wait to see all of you on campus!

Dorit Song '19 Name: Dorit Song ‘19
: North Potomac, MD
Major: Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
Activities on campus: Women's Swim & Dive Team, Mascot Committee, HerCampus, Random Acts of Kindness, Student Athlete Advisory Council, Asian Students Association, Circus Literary Magazine, Amherst LEADS, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Drawing, Hiking, Crafting, Journaling, Photography
Favorite question asked on tours: Does Amherst ever feel TOO small?

Hi there! I'm Dorit, a junior from North Potomac, Maryland. Coming from a high school of 1200 students, I knew I wanted to attend a small school that would allow me to make meaningful connections with my peers and professors. When I took a tour of Amherst my junior year of high school, I was amazed by how easily I could see myself sitting on the first-year quad and staring off at the amazing view from Memorial Hill. I was also drawn to the Amherst students I interacted with during my visit; everyone was so genuine and welcoming - just my kind of people! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Amherst so far, largely thanks to the wonderful residents of North 4th floor last year (shout-out to my fellow nuns), and can't wait to share more about the wonderful things this community has to offer with you on a tour! In the meantime, you are more than welcome to email me at if you have any questions about anything I've mentioned above or really anything for that matter, and I'll do my best to give you a timely and meaningful response! Can't wait to see you on campus!

Silvia Sotolongo '19 Name: Silvia Sotolongo ‘19
Hometown: Durham, NC
Majors: Statistics and Sociology
On-Campus Activities: AAS Student Government, La Causa, Amherst Dance, Statistics Fellows
Hobbies: Drinking coffee, painting my nails, reading, watching Duke basketball
Favorite question asked on tours: When is your favorite time to be on campus?

Hey y'all! My name is Silvia and I'm a junior here at Amherst. I'm from Durham, North Carolina and in high school I did a semester in D.C. at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. Though I'm abroad this fall (2017) in Havana, Cuba, I'll be back on campus in the spring where I'll be involved in La Causa (the Latino Affinity Group on campus), possibly the Student Government, and our all-inclusive dance group on campus: Amherst Dance. I love to eat and drink coffee in town and am happy to give any recommendations! If anyone has questions about life at Amherst, studying abroad, the Statistics and Sociology majors, or anything else you can email me at!

Allison Tennant '19 Name: Allison Tennant ‘19
Hometown: Roscoe, IL
Majors: Environmental Studies and French
On-Campus Activities: Green Amherst Project, Eco-Reps, Sparkle Motion Women's Ultimate Team, Amherst Dance, Outing Club
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, cooking
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite place to eat in town?

Hello! My name is Allison and I am junior. The charm of Amherst reminds me of my small hometown in Illinois even though it can’t compete with the scenic beauty found here. I am an Environmental Studies and French double major and am also looking into taking advantage of the Five College Consortium with a certificate in International Relations. I plan to fully utilize the open curriculum to take classes in as many departments as possible. Outside of the classroom, I love playing Ultimate Frisbee on Sparkle Motion women's team, being involved in environmental action with the Green Amherst Project and the Office of Environmental Sustainability, exploring the Pioneer Valley with the Outing Club, and trying to figure out how to incorporate dance classes into my busy schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Alexandra Theall '19 Name: Alexandra Theall ‘19
Hometown: Newton, MA
Major: Biology
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), Charles Drew Health Professionals Society, Biology TA
Hobbies: Baking, reading, Val sitting
Favorite Question Asked on Tours: What's life like as a STEM major at a Liberal Arts College?

Hi everyone! My name is Alexandra Theall, and I'm a junior from Newton, Massachusetts. In my first two years at Amherst, I have come to love the familiar sights and sounds of our awesome little campus. I'm a Biology major, a pre-health student, and aspiring physician. On campus (other than being a tour guide), I serve as a Charles Drew Health Professionals Society co-president and am also currently a member of ACEMS, Amherst's student run EMS organization, so you may see me around campus wearing blue! I also serve on the ACEMS Board of Directors, am a TA for the ACEMS interterm EMT-certification course, and am a Biology TA. I love to bake, read, and hang out with friends. I’m so excited to share our college with you, and if you have any questions about life at Amherst as a young woman, as a student transitioning from single-sex education to a co-ed learning environment, as a pre-health or STEM student, or just in general, please feel free to email me at!

Yrenly Yuan '19 Name: Yrenly Yuan ‘19
Hometown: Davis, CA
Major(): Biology and Anthropology
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Track and Field, Amherst Intramurals, TEDxAmherst, Design Thinking Challenge at the Center for Community Engagement
Hobbies: Reading late at night, petting dogs, making caramel in Val, and eating my way around town
Favorite question asked on tours: What do you love most about Amherst?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior from Northern California interested in the intersection between healthcare and business. I've been incredibly happy with the experience that I've had at Amherst so far, from the way I felt at home on campus almost immediately to the relationships I've formed with my peers, professors, and alumni. Some of the best aspects about Amherst are definitely the friendly college town vibe and the open curriculum. I now can't imagine being at a school where I'd have general requirements! I love talking about Amherst, so if you have any questions about what it's like to actually have weather, track (indoor season was completely new to me!), or anything else, please feel free to email me at!

 Tour Guides - Class of 2020

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

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

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

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

Rachel Chaffin '20 Name: Rachel Chaffin ‘20
: Elk Grove, CA
Potential Majors: Psychology and French
Activities on campus: Diversity Intern (I work in the Admissions Office doing diversity outreach to prospective high school students) and Amherst Christian Fellowship
Hobbies: Running, reading, baking, babysitting, and making friends!
Favorite question asked on tours: You seem to really like it here, but what's the WORST part of going to Amherst

I'm Rachel, a California born, New England loving sophomore! Why I chose Amherst: when I first visited Amherst, I was expecting to be most impressed by the things I already 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. Each student I interacted with was thoughtful, kind, passionate, utterly smart, and, perhaps most impressively, was completely different from the next. I couldn't wait to join the student body and weave my own stories, opinions, and passions into the tapestry already woven in years before me. Favorite class: I've loved all of my classes at Amherst, but I especially loved Film & Writing with Professor Hastie, and learned a whole new way of writing from Professor Grobe's patient, honest comments in Engaging the Arts. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions about life at Amherst! Hope to see you on campus soon!

McLean Cozine '20 Name: McLean Cozine ‘20
: Minneapolis, MN
Potential Majors: Philosophy and Computer Science
Activities on campus: Sailing Club, Green Room Student Theater, Intramural Soccer
Hobbies: Exploring campus and the Pioneer Valley; Procrastinating; Val-sitting; Baseball
Favorite question asked on tours: Is it really your birthday?

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! With Memorial Hill as my beach and the Pioneer Valley my sea, all I need now is to buy that perfect chair to relax in and I'll really be set! Well, that and the continued company of the great friends I've made here at Amherst. These excellent personal connections are, to me, the defining aspect of an Amherst education. 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 the differing slang my floormates and I used in high school, I encounter and engage new ideas every day here at Amherst. I find this to be a beautiful and exciting place to live and learn, and I hope to help you feel the same. 

Claire Dennis '20 Name: Claire Dennis ‘20
: Palo Alto, CA
Potential Majors: Political Science and Mathematics
Activities on campus: Varsity Volleyball, Amherst LEADS, Staff Writer for The Amherst Student, Amherst Dance, Math Department grader
Hobbies: Watching movies, reading, baking, Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you decide to leave California?

Hi! My name is Claire and I am a sophomore from the San Francisco Bay Area. I am planning to double major in Political Science and Math but I love exploring other disciplines with the open curriculum such as Spanish, Economics and History. Outside of the classroom, I play on the volleyball team (Go Firedogs!), write for Amherst’s student-run newspaper and dabble in dance. You can catch me in the classroom, at the gym, hanging out in my floor’s common room, spending hours in Val or hanging out in town at Crazy Noodles and Lime Red. I chose Amherst for the close community that is fostered here, and couldn't be happier about 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 so please feel free to send me an email at

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

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

Will Dunne '20

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

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

Max Fox-Jurkowitz '20 Name: Max Fox-Jurkowitz ‘20
: Arlington, MA
Potential Major: Mathematics
Activities on campus: Ultimate Frisbee, Consulting Club, Project Sunshine, Investment Club
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 sophomore from Arlington, MA. The warm, inclusive Amherst community and the always accessible professors are just a few of the things that help me feel at home here. The open curriculum at Amherst has allowed me to explore many disciplines including Economics, History, Psychology, and Math. I especially enjoyed Professor Benedetto’s Calculus class which elevated Math from an interest to my potential major. This fall, I hope to ask her to be my Math major advisor! Outside of the classroom, I am on the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team. I am also the Secretary of the Consulting Club, a member of Project Sunshine, and a member of the Investment Club. In addition to these activities, I enjoy watching sports, reading historical fiction, and running. Email me with questions about Amherst at!

Nicole Frontero '20 Name: Nicole Frontero ‘20
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Majors: Psychology and Spanish
Activities on campus: Women’s Lacrosse Team, Active Minds co-chair, Amherst Connects, Love Your Melon, Orientation Leader, Interterm Musical
Hobbies: Exercising, being outside, playing the piano (especially the one in Val!)

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

Daniel Lee '20 Name: Daniel Lee ‘20
: Philadelphia, PA
Potential Majors: Psychology and Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Amherst Fencing, Amherst Dance, Active Minds, ACSU, Hip Hop Club
Hobbies: Writing poetry, discovering new music, and reading

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

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

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

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

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

Stuart Robbins '20 Name: Stuart Robbins ‘20
: Armonk, NY
Potential Major: American Studies
Activities on campus: Research Assistant for AMST-111 Global Valley, Summer Intern for Office of Admission, Co- Chair of Pride Alliance, The Green Room
Hobbies: Painting, Gardening, Skiing, Crafting
Favorite question asked on tours: What is your favorite and least favorite thing about Amherst? My Answer: There are so many social opportunities on campus and within the Five College Consortium, but coming to Amherst means living around peers who appear to be involved in every activity.

Hello there! If you are reading this you are probably considering applying to Amherst College. For me, the choice to come to Amherst is one of the best decisions I've made. I would be more than happy to talk about my decision to choose Amherst or answer any questions you have about my experience at this amazing institution. You can contact me at

Hayley Roy '20 Name: Hayley Roy ‘20
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Majors: Environmental Studies and Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Peer Advocate for Sexual Respect, Book and Plow Farm, Varsity Soccer, Eco-Rep            
Hobbies: Reading, knitting and hiking

I chose Amherst because of the people I met when I 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 was anxious to be a part of a group that promoted change in a way that I knew would make me a more well-rounded person. Not only did I love the Amherst community, but the campus was so beautiful on my first visit that I thought it was nearly impossible to imagine myself anywhere else.

Audrey Stromberg '20 Name: Audrey Stromberg ‘20
: Tulsa, OK
Major: Psychology
Activities on campus: Intramural volleyball team captain, Outing Club participant
Hobbies: Powerlifting, writing, TV (watching)

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

Elizabeth Sturley '20

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

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

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

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

Name: Estevan Velez ‘20
: Lee, MA
Potential Major(s): Spanish and Pre-Medical Studies
Activities on campus: Varsity Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, E-board of Project Salud
Hobbies: Being outdoors, hanging out with friends, traveling, and cooking

When I was looking for a college I wanted somewhere that resembled what I had experienced in boarding school. So I looked for a small and close community which focused on diversity and inclusion, high academics and athletics, and a place that still gave me time to pursue my passions outside of the classroom and track. I also wanted a college where I could build relationships with my professors and get to work with them on their research. Overall Amherst was and is the right fit for me and I'm excited to have the opportunity to show others how it can be for them as well.

  Sarah Weintraub '20
: Sarah Weintraub ‘20
: Scarsdale, NY
Potential Major: Political Science
Activities on campus: Women's Crew Team, Amherst Dance, Outing Club, Orientation Leader
Hobbies: Hiking, Skiing, Hanging out with friends and family
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite Val meal?

My name is Sarah Weintraub and I am a sophomore 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 also participate in the outing club as well as Amherst Dance. 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 just continuing to meet new people all the time on campus. I am excited to be a tour guide to share my knowledge and love for Amherst with potential students. Feel free to email me at with any questions about anything Amherst!

Morgan Yurosek '20 Name: Morgan Yurosek ‘20
: Coto de Caza, CA
Potential Majors: Economics and Political Science
Activities on campus: Women's Golf Team, Amherst College Republicans, Christian Fellowship
Hobbies: Playing guitar, snowboarding, being creative with my Val meals
Favorite question asked on tours: What's it like being a Republican at Amherst?

Hi! My name is Morgan Yurosek and I am a sophomore 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 planning on majoring in Economics and Political Science. 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. In my free time I attend meetings for Amherst College Republicans and Amherst Christian Fellowship and go into town with friends to get Insomnia Cookies (or have them delivered to my dorm). I can't wait to share my wonderful experience here with prospective students. If you have any questions about the school feel free to email me at!

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

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

Tour Guides - Class of 2021

Margaret Azu '21 Name: Margaret Azu ‘21
: Oxford, MA
Potential Majors: Neuroscience or Psychology
Activities on campus: Resurrect (Amherst College Gospel Choir), Black Student Union, Association for Women in Science, 3D (Difference for the Developmentally Disabled), Amherst Christian Fellowship, First Generation Association
Hobbies: Photography, cooking and baking, volleyball

Hi! I’m Maggie and I’m a first-year from Oxford, Massachusetts. When applying to colleges, I was drawn to Amherst by the open curriculum, the diverse community, the amazing students and faculty I met, and the level of comfort I felt while being on campus. Ever since I arrived on campus in the fall for orientation, I’ve felt very much at home and have come to love Amherst even more, as well as the people I have gotten to know here. I’m currently thinking about majoring in psychology or neuroscience. Outside of classes you can find me singing with Resurrect (the Amherst College Gospel Choir), studying on the second or third floor of Frost Library, lounging in the hammocks by the Greenway dorms, enjoying some fries from Keefe Cafe, or just walking around and admiring the beautiful campus! I look forward to meeting you and sharing more about my experience at Amherst with you! Feel free to send me an email at if you have any questions!

Armando Brito '21 Name: Armando Brito ‘21
: Miami, FL
Potential Majors: Economics and Sexuality, Women's & Gender Studies
Activities on campus: Student Health Educator (SHEs), Men's Rowing Team, La Causa
Hobbies: Watching theatrical productions, exploring new places to eat, and rewatching Archer.

Hi, my name is Armando and I'm originally from Caracas, Venezuela but lived most of my life in Miami. It was during admitted students’ day when I wandered the campus and took in the scenery when I decided I wanted Amherst to be my home for the next four years. It’s the community that makes me grateful to be here. From having such a supportive floor (South represent) and an inspiring seminar professor who encouraged me to take advantage of the open curriculum and pursue a second major, I knew Amherst was the place where I could grow personally and academically. Amherst to me means the smell of fresh air at the end of a hiking trail, the changing colors of the leaves, the cheers you yell with friends at homecoming, and the passion in the teacher’s eyes that’s mirrored by the students. If you have any questions about the school feel free to email me at!

Bridget Carmichael '21 Name: Bridget Carmichael ‘21
: Hamilton, NJ
Potential Major: Psychology
Activities on campus: DASAC, Intersections Dance Company, Black Student Union, Partners for Animal Welfare
Hobbies: Dancing, Photography, hanging out with dogs, taking power naps

Hello! I'm Bridget and I'm currently a freshman at Amherst College. I am passionate about civil rights and student advocacy, which has a large presence here on campus. I believe in and completely support active resistance and dissent towards inherently racist, sexist, and homophobic institutions. I do a significant amount of work and research regarding students of color's experiences in predominantly white-private high-schools and the psychological effect those experiences have on a person. On the other hand, I am obsessed with dogs. At home I work at a Doggie Daycare and Boarding facility. It’s fair to say I have more canine friends than human friends, which I'm totally okay with. One of my favorite things at Amherst is the Mental Health Team's office hours in the library with therapy dogs. There is no better break to studying than petting a pup and receiving some unconditional love!

Joshua Choi '21 Name: Joshua Choi ‘21
: Los Angeles, CA
Potential Major: Religion
Activities on campus: Korean Student Association
Hobbies: Chess, Basketball, Reading, Calligraphy

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

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

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

Thomas D'Aprile '21 Name: Thomas D’Aprile ‘21
: Chicago, IL
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and Pre-Medical Studies
Activities on campus: Route 9 (one of two all-male a cappella groups on campus), Amherst College Emergency Medical Service
Hobbies: Cooking, playing piano, embarrassing myself, and using my French press

Hey all! I'm Thomas, a first-year 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 and the nuances of legal systems I realize that logic and creativity overlap. Amherst encourages me to find that overlap. (I promise, I'm only 70% nerd). 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 is sitting in my common room and watching the seasons change outside my window. Anyone will tell you that admiring fall leaves over Memorial Hill is an Amherst must. I can't wait for three more years of learning, goofing-off, and East-coasters saying "word" to everything. Please shoot me an email at with any questions – I love to chat!

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

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

Sarah Gayer '21 Name: Sarah Gayer ‘21
: Millbrae, CA
Potential Major: Undecided
Activities on campus: Cross Country, Track and Field, Amherst Connects, Amherst Dance, SAAC
Hobbies: Painting my nails, crafting, reading

Hi, I'm Sarah, and I'm a first year 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! My major is currently undecided, and I am excited to explore more courses to see what I want to focus on! The open curriculum is one of my favorite aspects of the classes here, and I am enjoying using it to its fullest potential. When I'm not studying, you can catch me running cross country and track! I also participate in Amherst Dance and Amherst Connects. I hope you enjoy Amherst as much as I do, please feel free to email me with any questions at!

Benjamin Gilsdorf '21 Name: Ben Gilsdorf ‘21
: Amherst, MA
Potential Majors: History and Russian
Activities on campus: Sailing Team, Intramural Soccer, Amherst Political Union, Amherst College Democrats
Hobbies: Bird watching, poker, critiquing Bond movies

Hey everyone! I'm Ben, a first-year student all the way from Amherst, Massachusetts. I'm still undeclared, but I'm confident I'll be majoring in History and Russian. I took 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 sail, disappoint my intramural soccer team, and spend time with my friends, and I'm a member of the Amherst College Democrats and Amherst Political Union as well. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have, especially about the town of Amherst!

Elly Hong '21 Name: Elly Hong ‘21
: Los Angeles, CA
Potential Majors: English and Art & the History of Art
Activities on campus: Fencing, Circus Literary Magazine, Asian Students Association, Ushering, Mentoring
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Drawing and Painting, Running, Filmmaking, Listening to Podcasts

Hey guys! My name’s Elly and I’m a freshman from sunny Los Angeles, California (Pasadena specifically for any fellow Angelenos out there). I love art of all kinds and am considering majoring in English and/or Art and the History of Art. I chose Amherst for the breadth offered by the open curriculum, its reputation for academic rigor, and the diversity of its student body. I’ve been able to take classes as diverse as theater, Chinese, and psychology as early as the first semester of freshman year while making friends from all over the country and world. But my favorite thing about Amherst is its strong sense of community. One of the blessings of a small college is that you see your friends constantly, and as soon as the first few weeks Amherst started feeling like home. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions! I’m happy to chat anytime, and I hope to see you at Amherst!

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

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

Hunter Lampson '21 Name: Hunter Lampson ‘21
: Portland, OR
Potential Majors: Economics or Environmental Studies (both highly subject to change!)
Activities on campus: AAS Senate, College Council, Amherst Political Union, Amherst LEADS
Hobbies: My ultimate hobby is spending time with friends!

Hello! My name is Hunter Lampson, and I'm from Portland, Oregon. At Amherst, I am involved in activities on campus such as the AAS Senate, the College Council, the Amherst Political Union, and Amherst LEADS. As a first-year, I have enjoyed my time taking a wide-variety of courses and spending time with the best friends I have ever met. Amherst is an incredible place, and I encourage all (who can) to come visit! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Margot Lurie '21 Name: Margot Lurie ‘21
: Denver, CO
Potential Majors: Philosophy and Spanish
Activities on campus: Women's Crew Team, Eco-Reps, Amherst Political Union, Hillel, Amherst Humanists
Hobbies: Reading, baking, art, and playing guitar

Hi! My name is Margot, and I’m a first-year 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!

Lea Morin '21 Name: Lea Morin ‘21
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Potential Major: Psychology
Activities on campus: Social Chair for La Causa, Tour Guide, and Outreach Coordinator for the Queer Resource Center (QRC)
Hobbies: Meeting people and making friends, rooting for the Spurs and the Patriots, running, and talking about Texas

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

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

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

Lorelle Sang '21 Name: Lorelle Sang ‘21
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Potential Majors: Neuroscience & Theater and Dance
Activities on campus: Various Plays, Women’s Chorus, The Roosevelt Institute
Hobbies: Singing/Music in General, Pretending to be a Yoga Instructor, Tap Dancing, Reading Oliver Sacks books, Did I Mention Music?

Hi! My name is Lorelle Sang, and I am a first-year student from Brooklyn, New York. I chose to come to Amherst mostly because of the open curriculum. I knew applying to college that I wanted to study Neuroscience and Theatre, and the professors and Amherst not only allowed to me to pursue that, but encouraged me. Since coming to Amherst, I’ve continued to meet people who encourage me to keep doing what I’m passionate about even if it’s a little unusual. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about life at Amherst! My email is

Jeremy Thomas '21 Name: Jeremy Thomas ‘21
Hometown: Houston, TX
Potential Majors: English and Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought
Activities on campus: Mock Trial, Club Soccer, Political Science Research Assistant, Black Student Union, Reader to Reader Volunteer
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Hey! I'm a first-year from Houston, Texas thinking about double majoring in both English and Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought and I love it here (I'm sure you will, too)! I also have a strong interest in both domestic and international human rights. Having diverse interests hasn't been a problem here at Amherst in large part because of the open curriculum. I've had the opportunity to study things that I have a legitimate interest in, not having to worry about fulfilling tedious general education requirements. Although it's a far cry from Houston, Amherst has become my home away from home--no doubt thanks to all of the genuinely kind people here. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at I'm more than happy to talk about anything from Toni Morrison to what Kim wore to the Grammys!

Jack Vasquez '21 Name: Jack Vasquez ‘21
Hometown: Denver, CO
Potential Majors: Mathematics and Economics
Activities on campus: Outing Club, Mock Trial, Investment Club, and College Republicans
Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, and camping

Hi guys! My name is Jack, and I am a first year student from Denver, Colorado. I chose Amherst College because of its small size, open curriculum, and dedicated faculty. I am a prospective mathematics and economics double major. I love being an Amherst student because of the small classes, great professors, and academic resources. I have gotten involved in a number of clubs and organizations during my time at Amherst. With the Outing Club, I have been able to explore a new part of the country. Mock Trial has taught me to think on my feet, and the Investment Club has taught me investing skills that will certainly help me later in life. Overall, I've had a great experience so far at Amherst. If you have any questions about life at Amherst, don't hesitate to email me at I look forward to seeing you on campus!

Rebecca Wistreich '21 Name: Rebecca Wistreich ‘21
Hometown: Wilton, CT
Potential Majors: Political Science or History
Activities on campus: Women's Lacrosse, Executive Board of Amherst Political Union, Environmental Policy Committee of Roosevelt Institute
Hobbies: Skiing, being outdoors, traveling, and reading

Hi! My name is Rebecca and I am a first-year student at Amherst. Amherst is a truly special place and I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to study here. The academics are unparalleled because of each's student's ability to explore using the open curriculum, which is great if you aren't sure what you want to study yet like me. In addition I have been continually astounded with the dedication of the professors. Within my first few weeks at Amherst I sat down with several of my professors and it was clear the value that each and every one of them placed on the student's success. I love how at Amherst I can be a member of the lacrosse team while also participating in clubs of my interest such as the Amherst Political Union and the Roosevelt Institute. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at!

Benjamin Yared '21 Name: Benjamin Yared ‘21
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Potential Majors: Economics and History
Activities on campus: Amherst Political Union (Executive Board), Sports Business and Analytics Club, Amherst College Republicans, Varsity Baseball (walk-on)
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 in economics and history while still taking other classes and there are so many opportunities for all students to get involved. Amherst is a place where you can truly come to grow and discover what you’re passionate about. I love to talk about Amherst, so if you’d like to talk about academics, student life, sports, political activity or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact me! My email is

Lisa Zhuetlin '21 Name: Lisa Zheutlin ‘21
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Potential Majors: History, Psychology, Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies, or Studio Art
Activities on campus: Outreach Coordinator for the Reproductive Justice Alliance (yay, feminism!), writer for the Amherst Student, Associate Editor for the Indicator, Eco-Rep for James Dorm, member of Amherst College Democrats, Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team and Hillel
Hobbies: Eating Domino's lava cakes, smashing the patriarchy

Hi! I’m Lisa, a first-year 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 help my dorm stay eco-friendly and sustainable as an Eco-Rep, which means I work for the Office of Environmental Sustainability. 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