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

Vivian Cordon '21

Name: Vivian Cordon ’21
: 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 of 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

Margot Lurie '21

Name: Margot Lurie ’21
: Denver, CO 
Major: Environmental Studies
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!

Virginia Ryan 22

 Name: Virginia Ryan '22
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.

Tour Guides - Class of 2021

Armando Brito '21 Name: Armando Brito ‘21 (he/him/his)
: Miami, FL
Potential Majors: Economics and Sexuality, Women's & Gender Studies
Activities on campus: Student Health Educator (SHEs), Mr. Gad's House of Improv, La Causa
Hobbies: Re-watching 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 that 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. I love Amherst for so many reasons but if I had to sum it up in a few words, I would say it is because Amherst has been a place for me to grow academically and personally. I had never taken a class before that centered around issues of gender and sexuality, but long behold my inspiring first-year seminar professor taught a class with the main subject being just that. From there he encouraged me to take advantage of the open curriculum and pursue a second major, and that is how I found a passion for both Economics, and Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies. In that same first-year seminar, I met friends who loved staying up with me and watching scary movies. 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!

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: Parlo italiano, dancing, photography, walking my fur baby, taking power naps
Favorite question asked on tours: "How'd you manage to get a dog on Campus?

Buon giorno! I'm Bridget and I'm currently a 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. I also work closely with Accessibilities and advocacy for disabled students here on Amherst’s campus.  As a disabled person, living in a community that is educated and aware of disability awareness and etiquette is very important to me. But what I am most passionate about? My fur baby, Capri. Named after the beautiful island in Italy, Capri is a 9-month-old Cavapoo puppy who lives with me here on campus. She's a big hit and loves all the pets and treats she receives from students when we go on walks around campus. You can find Capri and me on the first-year quad doing some homework or walking around Pratt field for football games! Feel free to reach out with questions, or just to say hi at Ciao! 

Joshua Choi '21 Name: Joshua Choi ‘21
: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Religious Studies 
Activities on campus: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services, Asian Student Association, Asian American Studies Working Group, 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 (he/him/his)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
: Chicago, IL
Majors: Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought with Five College Certificate in Culture, Health and Science
Activities on campus: Route 9 (Amherst's all-male a cappella group), Amherst College Emergency Medical Service, Voices of the Class
Hobbies: Cooking, playing piano, embarrassing myself, and using my French press 
Favorite question asked on tours: Did you have to train to walk backward?

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 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), re-watching 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

Eve De Muheto Name
: Eve De Muheto ‘21
: 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
: 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

Sarah Gayer '21

Name: Sarah Gayer ‘21
: Millbrae, CA
Potential Major: Biology
Activities on campus: Cross Country, Track and Field, SAAC, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Biology Steering Committee
Hobbies: Hiking, listening to podcasts, baking
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. I am grateful that I chose this school because the professors are always very helpful, the campus is beautiful, and the Amherst community is 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 Big Brothers Big Sisters and work in the biology department. 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 (he/him/his)
Languages Spoken: Russian, Japanese, French
: 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!

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 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

Hunter Lampson '21 Name: Hunter Lampson ‘21
: 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
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 Happy touring!

Name: Jeremy Loeb ‘21
: 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 interests. I am very passionate about cities, architecture, and art, which led me to our architectural studies program which is unlike any other architecture program given the interdisciplinary nature of Amherst. Our courses and open curriculum have allowed me 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
: 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 favorite 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 labor 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.

Lea posing happily in front of a river overlook. Name: Lea Morin '21 
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas 
Major: Latinx and Latin American Studies (LLAS) and Sociology 
On-Campus Activities: Student Staff at the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership (CDSL), Diversity Outreach Intern for the Office of Admissions 
Hobbies: Talking about TEXAS, meeting new people, running (away from my problems) 
Favorite question asked on tours: Isn't Massachusetts a bit far from Texas?

Hey y'all! My name is Lea Morin and I am from San Antonio, Texas (or the best city and state in the United States). Even though I love Texas more than a lot of things, Amherst has become a second home to me. Most important to me, I have made so many amazing and meaningful connections and relationships with my fellow peers, faculty, and staff from my Diversity Open House (DIVOH) as a senior in high school to now as a third year at Amherst. While visiting the campus through DIVOH, the Amherst community was one I believed I could grow and be nourished as an academic and as a person which has proven true throughout my time here. If you have any questions about Amherst or you just want to talk about Texas, please feel free to contact me at! I look forward to meeting you!

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, pretending 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 lots 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!

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!

Jeremy Thomas Name: Jeremy Thomas ‘21 (he/him/his)
Hometown: Houston, TX
Potential Majors: English & Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Activities on campus: Black Student Union President, Mock Trial A-Team, Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, Residence Counselor, LJST Research Assistant, Club Soccer
Hobbies: Reading, writing, prisoner advocacy, and Big Little Lies

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 a 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 I'm more than happy to talk about anything from Toni Morrison to the Big Little Lies season finale.

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

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

Marina Zambrano 21 Name: Marina Zambrano‘21
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Majors: Chemistry and Spanish
Activities on campus: WAMH, Project SALUD, Theater & Dance, The Amherst College Musical, Chemistry Research Assistant
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 and hanging out at Marsh House (the arts house on campus). I am currently the Producer for the Amherst College Musical and I love every second of it. I grew up on the lake, so I love to swim, kayak, and sail. My favorite things to eat on campus are the mac & cheese bites and mozz sticks at Schwemm's. I first learned about Amherst through DIVOH (Amherst's Diversity Open House). If you are considering applying to DIVOH or have any questions about the program, feel free to email me at 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 on 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

Tour Guides - Class of 2022

Name: Abdullah Brown-El '22
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!

Celai sitting happily in front of a red background Name: Celai Busch '22 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: New York City, New York
Major: Math 
Activities on campus: Anime club, La Causa, Questbridge Low-Income Community, Phonathon, Telementor, and Mixed Student Union. 
Hobbies: Anime and binge-watching shows

Hi! My name is Celai, and I am a sophomore from New York City. I fell for Amherst when I sat in a few math classes during DIVOH. The passion I saw in the professors, along with the diversity, open curriculum, and friendly environment, helped me to realize how perfect Amherst is for me. I love the open curriculum because I can explore classes outside my math major that I never thought of taking before, such as studio art classes. The diversity and friendly environment remind me of home.

Mattea Denney 22 Name: Mattea Denney '22
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 with any questions you may have, or if you just want to talk about Amherst!

Gabrielle smiling in front of a small body of water Name: Gavi Forman '22
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan. 
Major: Political Science 
Activities on campus: Women's Crew, Random Acts of Kindness Club, WAMH radio show host 
Hobbies: cooking, hiking, reading, watching The Office, being enthusiastic about tea

Hello! My name is Gavi and I’m a sophomore from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a political science major on the pre-med track. I was initially attracted to Amherst because of its open curriculum and small size (in contrast with the big universities I grew up around), but little did I know just how significant those things would be! I have been able to take a wonderful range of classes – from philosophy to chemistry to art history – to explore different interests. I love the freedom (and resources) at Amherst, and I cannot imagine another school being a better fit for me. In my spare time, you can find me sitting in Val, running on the bike path, reading by the fire in the Inn on Boltwood, or talking with friends on the Quad. I’m also figuring out how much stuff I can do for free… go to movies at Amherst Cinema, get a lot of food… life is pretty good. I would love to talk if you have any questions! My email is

Dean standing in front of a temple and cherry blossoms Name: Dean Gordon '22
Hometown: Los Angeles, California 
Major: History 
Activities on campus: 5 College Ethnomusicology Certificate, jazz combo, 5 college mini-concerts, Olio Yearbook 
Hobbies: Sports, hiking, playing the saxophone

Hello everyone. Coming from a big city, I knew I wanted the experience of living in a small town, and Amherst is exactly what I was hoping for. Western Mass is a unique place and I have enjoyed exploring the area. On campus, I am very involved in the music scene and play the saxophone in a number of jazz groups. I am also a member of the Javanese Gamelan ensemble at Smith. Academically, the open curriculum has been freeing in allowing me to explore a number of subjects. I feel fortunate to be a part of the Amherst community, and I am looking forward to showing you all around. You can contact me at

Cece Hong 22 Name: Cece Hong '22
town: Westport, Connecticut
Potential Majors: Chemistry 
Activities on campus: Amherst Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Asian Students Association, Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) 
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 every day to push myself and strive for my passions. I am currently a Chemistry major on the pre-med track, but I love taking classes way outside my comfort zone; from philosophy to sexuality, women, and gender studies, I've loved the opportunity to explore different subjects at Amherst outside of my STEM classes! Outside of class, you can catch me at Arms Music Center playing with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, petting the dogs in Seeley Mudd and Frost, or cooking in the Greenway kitchens! If you have any questions, need any advice, or if you just want to chat, please send me an email at Roll mammos :)

Shikha in front of rocks in a garden. Name
: Shikha Jha '22
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 my first year at Amherst, especially if it can help make your college application process easier - feel free to email me at if you have any questions!

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Name: Sunghoon Kwak '22
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 Sunghoon 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!

Alexi standing next to a red striped wall Name: Alexi Lee '22
town: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Potential Major: Political Science
Activities on campus: Men's Crew Team, Dance and Step at Amherst College (DASAC), Intersections Dance Company
Hobbies: Dancing, sleeping, watching Legally Blonde, 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 planning on majoring in political science, but I’m also on the premed track. Outside of class, you can catch me on the Connecticut as a coxswain with Men’s Crew, Val sitting with my friends, or vlogging my college experience ( I hope you have an amazing time exploring Amherst; feel free to email me at with any questions you may have!

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

Hello! My name is Ella, and I'm originally from Moorestown, NJ, just outside of Philadelphia! I definitely had a bit of a long journey of searching for the right school, but ultimately, I came to Amherst because I wanted a small, liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere, and Amherst fit that criteria pretty perfectly. I love our beautiful campus, but even more than that, I love the close-knit community. One of my favorite things about the College is that I can wander into Valentine Dining Hall and almost always sit down and catch up with friends, regardless of the time of day. As someone who spent a lot of my high school years always just a little bit bored, Amherst is such a wonderful change of pace, as there is so much to do and see, even in our more rural location. People come to Amherst from every corner of the globe, and it is just such an incredible place to learn, grow, and live. I love my little school in the mountains, and I hope you do too! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at

Diego Rao Name: Diego Rao '22 (he/him/his
Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese 
town: Boston, Massachusetts
Potential Majors: Computer Science and History
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

Noah standing happily in front of a body of water Name: Noah Robinson '22
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii 
Majors: Economics and Asian Languages & Civilizations 
Activities on campus: Club Ultimate Frisbee, Digital Music Production, Orientation Leader 
Hobbies: Songwriting/playing the keyboard, watching and debating sports, playing basketball and volleyball, playing card games that involve logic and strategy

Aloha! My name is Noah Robinson and I am a sophomore from Honolulu, Hawaii. I came to Amherst with the hope that I could experience an environment as culturally diverse as my hometown while also learning alongside many talented individuals who provide unique perspectives. The Amherst College community has been welcoming and full of new opportunity to grow intellectually. One of the main reasons Amherst was so attractive to me was due to the open curriculum, and I have taken advantage of it by taking Economics, Asian Languages & Civilizations, Math, and LJST courses to discover my potential majors. I have also come to appreciate all the “little things” that are included in an Amherst College education. Who knew that in a single day I could go from my schoolwork to Ultimate Frisbee practice (which I never played before Amherst) and then to a recording studio on the first floor of the Seeley Mudd building to produce and write hip-hop music? These are just a few of the reasons why my Amherst experience has been so wonderful. Feel free to email me at and I will happily share more about my time here at Amherst!

Ramses Rubio 22 Name
: Ramses Rubio '22
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 is all paid for by the school. Feel free to reach out to me at and I look forward to seeing you on campus!

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

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

Michael smiling for an outdoor portrait. Name: Mike Santos '22
: North Kingstown, RI
: Computer Science and Sociology
Activities on campus
: Book & Plow Farm, Phonathon, LEAP Leader
: Basketball, finding new music, traveling

Hi! I'm Mike and I am a sophomore from Rhode Island. I was originally interested in Amherst College due to its proximity to my hometown and it generally seemed like a great fit for me. The size of the student body and naturalistic feel of the campus really drew me in; however, throughout my time here I've really come to appreciate the little things that don't necessarily show up on paper. Our open-curriculum granted me the opportunity to discover two disciplines - Computer Science and Sociology - that I've now centered my studies around. Similarly, I've come to appreciate the beautiful views on our campus. Amongst my favorites are that of the Holyoke Range from both Memorial Hill and the Science Center, and the view of campus from the top floor of Frost Library. If you want to know more about Amherst or just want to talk, please email me at!

Emmanuelle looking around a corner happily Name: Emmy Sohn '22 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Seattle, Washington 
Potential Majors: Computer Science and Political Science
Activities on campus: Research intern for the Political Science department, Computer Science peer tutor, phonathon caller, Orientation Leader, publisher for The Amherst Student 
Hobbies: Baking, brunch, podcasts, & puzzles

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

  David Xu 22 Name: David Xu '22
town: Pleasanton, California
 Major: Economics
 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!

 Tour Guides - Class of 2023

Dalya smiling while wearing a lot of Amherst gear Name: Dalya Ackerman '23 (she/her/hers) 
Davie, Florida 
Potential Majors
History and Geology 
Activities on campus
Olio, Ed Pros Fellowship, Hillel, ACDems
Kayaking, redecorating my dorm room, loitering in Val, taking long walks (on the beach and otherwise) 
Favorite question asked on tours
What's the best place to study on campus?

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

Ernest looking at the camera while wearing a suit and bowtie Name: Ernest Collins '23 (he/him/his) 
: Indian Trail, North Carolina 
: Black Studies and Biochemistry 
Activities on campus
: Event coordinator for the Black Student Union, Student Health Educator (SHE), Amherst Club Volleyball 
: Playing music, reading, Netflix, hanging out with friends, ordering Domino's, going to social events, meeting people

Hey y'all! My name is Ernest (EJ), and I am a first-year from North Carolina! North Carolina is all that I have ever known, so it definitely took a bit to adjust to the weather, but definitely worth it! You are probably wondering how a southern city boy like myself found about Amherst. Well, my instructor in high school pointed me towards a school that had an open-curriculum, a gorgeous campus, a lot of student engagement, and a phenomenally diverse population! I have grown to find that all four factors were true, and that this school was the 'Ernest' choice for me! There has never been a dull moment on this campus, and I am so grateful that I attended! If y'all have questions about Amherst don't hesitate to reach out at!

Etta standing confidently on a trail on a late fall day Name: Etta Gold '23 (she/her/hers) 
Languages Spoken
: English, Spanish 
: New York City, New York 
Potential Majors
: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought, History, Political Science, Art and Architecture
Activities on campus: Club Soccer (Men's and Women's), Philosophy Club 
Running in the bird sanctuary, reading, eating ramen with friends, painting and drawing, attempting to learn guitar

Hi! My name is Etta, and I'm a first-year from New York! Although I have only been at Amherst for a short time, I already feel so at home here. Amherst is filled with such brilliant and creative students and professors that it is impossible not to be inspired and excited to learn both in and out of the classroom. Some of my favorite memories from my first semester include; post practice "sweaty Val" meals with the soccer team, going to the Mead art museum for class assignments, running on the bike path, taking ramen breaks during late night study sessions, going to acapella shows, and attending farm fest. I am not sure what I want to study yet, but I am loving exploring different fields through the open curriculum. Please feel free to email me with any and all questions !

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yvette posing in front of a green lawn. Name: Yvette Kiptoo '23 (she/her/hers
Languages spoken
: English and Swahili 
: Nairobi, Kenya 
: Biology and Biochemistry 
Activities on campus
: Sailing, Black Student Union, African and Caribbean Student Student Union, Beneski Museum of Natural History Docent and Theater and Dance 
: Reading, playing guitar, listening to music, and baking.

Hi! My name is Yvette Kiptoo and I am a first year originally from Nairobi, Kenya though I have been living in Washington, D.C for the past five years. Even though I have only been at Amherst for only one semester, it has been so much fun and I have had a great time learning and spending time with my fellow peers. Currently, I am on the pre-med track and thinking of possibly majoring in Biology or Biochemistry. When I am not in class, you can find me laughing with friends at Val or procrastinating on 3rd level frost. Feel free to ask me questions at

Zoe looking confidently into the camera with a flowering plant in the background. Name: Zoe Levin '23 (she/her/hers 
: Los Angeles, California 
Potential Majors
: Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought amd French 
Activities on campus
: Amherst Club Rowing 
: Piano, visual art, athletics

Hi! My name is Zoe Levin, and I am a first-year at Amherst from Los Angeles, California. In my first few months here, I learned very quickly what a warm and welcoming place this is. My peers are driven, intellectually curious, and rigorous, but also kind, intuitive, and invested in the people around them. We study with wonderful professors who are genuinely interested in getting to know us as students and as people. But outside the learning environment, I spend my time at the piano, playing the guitar, drawing, reading, and rowing! I joined the Amherst Club Crew team at the beginning of the year and could not be more excited to be a part of it. My team members have quickly become some of my closest friends, and the team itself is a social hub for me. Amherst ushered me in this fall as an equal and provided me with wonderful opportunities academically, athletically, socially, and otherwise. I am so excited for my next three years here, and I love sharing my experience. If you have any questions or would like to reach out, do not hesitate to email me at

Aditi on a cold day in a crowd of people Name: Aditi Nayak '23 
: Princeton Junction, New Jersey 
: Neuroscience and Mathematics 
Activities on campus
:EcoReps, Mead Art Museum student educator, Amherst Women in Science 
: Quoting The Office, singing Broadways and Disney, calligraphy, drawing, experimental cooking

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

Clara standing happily at the beach Name: Clara Page '23 (she/her/hers) 
: San Diego, California 
: Economics and Statistics 
Activities on campus
: Debate Society, Amherst Democrats, Amherst for Warren, Club Soccer 
: Baking, watching true crime documentaries, writing

My name is Clara and I'm from San Diego, CA. I loved growing up in California, but I decided that college was a time for adventure. As such, I pushed myself to explore options on the East Coast. That's how I found Amherst College. The more I learned about the school, the more I came to love it. When I got in, I knew it was the school for me. There are many wonderful aspects, but my favorite part of Amherst is the community. The student body is friendly and supportive. I've also loved living and learning here. Amherst is a special school, in a special area. Pioneer Valley is incredibly beautiful and I've found myself exploring the outdoors much more since I came here. Overall, my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I've been lucky enough to travel to many other colleges as a member of the Amherst Debate Society, and I can honestly say that Amherst remains my favorite by far. The combination of emphasis on undergraduate education, small class sizes, open curriculum, and eclectic and inspiring students simply cannot be beat. Please feel free to reach out. I'd love to share my experience with you!

Omisha sitting in front of a floral mural. Name: Omisha Purohit '23 (she/her/hers) 
Languages spoken
: English, Hindi 
: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India 
Potential Majors
: Neuroscience, Theater and Dance, Math 
Activities on campus
: Dance and Step at Amherst College, Club Soccer, South Asian Student Association, Center for International Student Engagement 
: Dancing, cycling, binge watching sitcoms (never actually finishing a series), and listening to music in multiple languages

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

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

My name is Bianca Sass, and I'm from Nashville, Tennessee. Since I grew up visiting my grandparents in Massachusetts, however, I have always wanted to go to college in New England, and I'm so glad I wound up at Amherst! I'm only a semester into my time here, but I already adore the community. The students are incredibly kind, unique, and ambitious, and the professors are so warm and always eager to make meaningful connections in and outside of class. Additionally, while I plan to major in English and pursue creative writing, I have interests all across the board and am considering a double-major in a social science, like Sociology. I love that the open curriculum enables me to take classes from the get-go that are completely unrelated to my intended major, like the History of Western Medicine. I also really appreciate how Amherst's extra-curricular groups are super approachable and make it super easy to delve into activities you've always wanted to try-- whether that be play-writing and directing, playing Tchaikovsky in a symphony orchestra, or competitive skiing.

Enrique dressed formally and smiling Name: Manni Spicer Saavedra '23 (he/him/his) 
: Berkeley, California 
: French and Biochemistry 
Activities on campus
: Rock Climbing Team, Writer for the Amherst Student, Student Farmer, Piano Lessons 
: Music, running, film, outdoorsy stuff

Hello! My name is Manni, and I'm from Berkeley, California. Although Amherst may not be the coastal paradise that is the California, there is something to say for the beautiful seasons, and I've even grown to appreciate the cold, snowy winter here. I was drawn to Amherst because as a liberal arts school with an open curriculum, I knew that I could explore whatever truly interested me in my education while providing an intimate and supportive learning environment. The community here is so welcoming and open-minded, and my favorite parts of the day are sitting in Val engaged in deep discussion with my friends. The connections I've made so far have been incredible, not just within the student body but with the professors as well, and it's clear how genuinely this school cares for its students. There's so many opportunities made readily available, and I've found that if you take advantage of these, life at Amherst becomes an all-around incredible experience. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have at

Jack with his arms crossed in front of a red background Name: Jack Stephens '23 (he/him/his) 
: Seattle, Washington 
: Environmental Studies 
Activities on campus
: Club Volleyball, Athletes and Allies, Student Security 
: wildlife and nature photography, basketball, and music

Hey! My name is Jack and I'm a first year studying environmental studies. Over the past semester, Amherst has become a true home away from home, and the friendships i’ve made feel like family. While I certainly had high expectations for the school coming in, especially academically, I was blown away by the extent of my learning at Amherst in just my first few months. The open curriculum afforded me the opportunity to take classes I really wanted to instead of slogging through required subjects, and in that model I truly thrived. In my courses I discovered a passion for environmental history, and realized a desire to understand popular culture from a critical and academic lens. Being surrounded by other incredible students and professors that really value my education has been an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to see where Amherst take me over the next few years.

James smiling on what appears to be a graduation day Name: Jack Trent '23 (he/him/his) 
: Houston, Texas 
: Economics and Music 
Activities on campus
: Track and Field, Student Health Educator 
: Reading, Running, Watching Sports

Hello, my name is Jack Trent and I am from Houston, Texas. Coming from Texas, I was nervous to be in a new environment, experience new weather, and be hundreds of miles from home. However, I felt immediately accepted here at Amherst. I love the open curriculum, interesting conversations with classmates, and diversity and inclusivity efforts on campus. I've only been through one semester so far, but I have enjoyed the academic, athletic, and personal growth the college has provided me!