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

Andrew Parker '18 Name: Andrew Parker ‘18
Hometown: Denver, CO
Major(s): Biochemistry and Biophysics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), WAMH! Radio, Amherst Political Union
Hobbies: Hiking, Listening to Music, Playing Basketball
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose a liberal arts school if you’re interested in science and medicine?

My name is Andrew Parker and I am a junior from Denver, Colorado. Amherst is a school that felt like my home from the moment I first set foot on campus and that sense of being at a place that I truly belong has continued to this day. One of my favorite things about Amherst is how much opportunity students have to explore their interests and discover new passions while continuing to do things that they have always loved. Before I started my freshman year, I would never have guessed that I would cohost a radio show every week, that the school would be able to help me get an EMT license, or that I would truly enjoy classical music thanks to a class. Because of those opportunities, amazing professors, wonderful peers, a spectacular setting, and and intriguing classes, I’m thankful to be an Amherst student everyday. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at!

James Flatow '19

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

Hi! My name is James Flatow, and I’m a sophomore from New York City (yes, the city itself – the horns and sirens I fell asleep to growing up have been replaced by unsettling peace and quiet). I’m pre-med here at Amherst and a likely psychology major, though the open curriculum has allowed me to pursue academic interests across several departments. In addition to giving tours, I’m an EMT with ACEMS (Amherst College Emergency Medical Services) and an associate editor of The Indicator, our journal of independent thought. Though schoolwork and extracurriculars claim most of my time, I’m never too busy to watch the Yankees (I’ll settle for rooting against the Rex Sox if only in-market games are available) or jam with friends in one of our music practice rooms. Please feel free to send me any questions at

Tour Guides—Class of 2018

Michael Barnett '18 Name: Michael Barnett ‘18
Hometown: Davidson, NC
Major(s): Mathematics
Activities on campus: Extracurricularly, I'm a member of The Green Room (Amherst College's student-run theater group), Theatrical Choreography Club (stage combat), Pride, and the Amherst United Left. I work as a fellow (or TA) and a grader for the Math Department, aside from being a tour guide.
Hobbies: I really enjoy theater, so I do a lot of it extracurricularly. I also enjoy reading and playing board games.
Favorite question asked on tours: Can I bring my pet iguana?

Hi! My name is Michael Barnett, and I'm a junior here on campus. I love theater and math, which you might think is odd because they are so different. However, I think there's a beauty to the concrete structure of mathematics and the abstract creativity of theater. That's one of the reasons I chose to come to Amherst College: the open curriculum allows me to take a wide variety of subjects in depth. At Amherst, I am able to take advanced courses in both the theater and mathematics departments, while still having many courses to spend on a variety of different interests. Amherst was also my school of choice because of its beautiful campus (just wait until you see Memorial Hill in the fall!) and because of its rigorous academics. If you have any questions about Amherst, please do not hesitate to let me know at!

Darya Bor '18 Name: Darya Bor ‘18
Major(s): Film and Media Studies
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
On-Campus Activities: Salsa, Ballroom & Swing Club, Team Mead, Russian House President, founder of the Audio-Visual Dialogue, TEDx, Career Center connoisseur, 5 College Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Circus Magazine managing editor
Hobbies: Making art, dancing, hiking, just-enough-analyzing media
Favorite question asked on tours: What are the winters like?

Hey there Prospie! My name's Darya, and I'm a Belorussian gal, raised in Arizona and going to college in New England. I chose Amherst for its academically active culture, for its vibrant student body and enthusiastic professors. I hope to introduce you to these joys. I ardently love the variety of classes I take and enjoy my constant switch from analytical logic to moving art - and the intersections of the two. Whenever I am not working on campus projects, I am creating and consuming media, usually from my lovely room in the Russian House, Porter 2nd floor. Amherst offers such amazing opportunities and I cannot wait to introduce you to them (as well as the tasty caffeine from our gracious town coffeeshops). I'm absolutely and completely happy to answer any questions that you have - simply email me at!

Matthew Chow '18 Name: Matthew Chow ‘18
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Major(s): English & Economics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Christian Fellowship, Terras Irradient (Amherst's Christian a capella group), Amherst Symphony Orchestra, photographer for The Amherst Student
Hobbies: In my spare time, I delight in snapping photos of my beautiful friends and beautiful campus, practicing some Bach on the violin, tinkering with Photoshop, and rooting for my hero, Steph Curry.
Favorite question asked on tours: What's the best breakfast you've eaten here?

Hello! I'm Matthew, and I'm a junior at Amherst, originally hailing from the sunny lands of Silicon Valley in California. At school, I'm heavily invested in the Christian and music communities (and love exploring intersections of the two). Besides guiding tours, I'm heavily invested in Amherst Christian Fellowship, and I serve both as concertmaster of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and as a director of Terras Irradient, Amherst College's Christian a capella group. These spaces have blessed me with opportunities to grow, in my music-making, in my discovery of myself, in my relationships with friends and mentors, and in my walk with the Lord. My email is - I'm more than happy to chat and answer questions, be they about specific Amherst communities, favorite English professors, or my thoughts on the new Golden State Warriors super team. Look forward to speaking with you!

Dakota Foster '18

Name: Dakota Foster ‘18
Hometown: Brunswick, ME
Major(s): Political Science & Asian Languages and Civilizations
On-Campus Activities: Women's Lacrosse Team, Amherst Political Union Executive Board, Research Assistant in the Political Science Department, Women's Lacrosse Athletics Team Engagement Leader (ATEL), Amherst LEADs
Hobbies: Running, hiking, canoeing, reading, watching good TV, politics
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you choose Amherst over Williams?

I chose Amherst because of the people and the high academic caliber. Over my time here, my reasons for coming to Amherst have been reaffirmed; every day I meet fascinating new people and have great discussions inside and outside of the classroom. I have greatly enjoyed the humanities and the open curriculum, which has allowed me to explore diverse academic interests. I've also been consistently amazed by the incredible student-faculty relationship that exists here; as a freshman I never thought that I would work as a research assistant, design an independent course, or go to a professor's house for dinner. Half-way through my Amherst experience I can say that I've done all three. I think it is very important to engage with the community beyond the classroom. I've tried to do that in various ways as an RC, as a Peer Diversity Educator at the MRC, and as an athlete on the women's lacrosse team. In my free time, you'll find me reading, working out, or cheering the Patriots to victory. Please feel free to contact me with questions about Amherst.

Krista Goebel '17 Name: Krista Goebel ‘18
Hometown: Abington, PA
Major(s): Psychology
On-Campus Activities: The Sabrinas (one of two all-female a cappella groups on campus), Newman Club (Catholic community on campus), Research Assistant for Psychology Department, Itsy Bitsy Spikers (Intramural Volleyball Champs '16)
Hobbies: Singing, playing flute, reading poetry, drawing and painting, and chit chatting away
Favorite question asked on tours: What activities are there for non-athletes to get involved in?

Hi! I’m Krista, and I’m a junior at Amherst College. I'm from Abington, Pennsylvania, a suburb just outside of Philadelphia, where I enjoy soft pretzels and cheesesteaks that simply aren’t made the same anywhere else. What I love most is communicating with and better understanding people, and I have been fortunate enough to pursue this passion not only in Psychology but across many different areas of study, including English, Sociology, Philosophy, LJST, SWAGS, and Black Studies. As someone who came to Amherst completely undecided in major, I deeply appreciated Amherst's open curriculum and the opportunity to take courses in so many different departments. What drew me to Amherst in the first place was its stellar academics coupled with its vibrant music program, since I had always been very involved in music and wanted to continue high musical performance in college. What I love about Amherst is that, yes, it has everything I was hoping for in its Music Department and then some, but as I grow and change in ways I never could have anticipated, Amherst has every resource necessary to support and facilitate my growth. Please feel free to email me anytime at so I can do one of the things I enjoy most--chit chatting about my amazing school.

Ben Greene '18 Name: Ben Greene ‘18
Hometown: New York, NY
Major(s): Political Science & Spanish
On-Campus Activities: APU E-Board Member, Vela Scholar Tutor, Men's Rugby
Hobbies: Watching baseball (New York Mets), Reading the newspaper, Eating new food
Favorite question asked on tours: How do you survive the snow?

Hi! I'm Ben Greene and a junior here at Amherst College. I'm from New York City and I am also a member of the Amherst Political Union and Amherst Club Rugby team on campus. I chose to attend Amherst because of the College's open curriculum and beautiful New England campus. I love the wide range of classes offered at Amherst and the tight-knit faculty-student relationships cultivated on campus. In my spare time, I am huge fan of the New York Mets and most things sports. I also love working with kids and I tutor students at the Amherst Regional Middle School as a part of the Vela Scholars Program. I look forward to seeing you here at Amherst and don't hesitate to ask me any questions at!!!

Lily Johnson '18 Name: Lily Johnson ‘18
Hometown: Lausanne, Switzerland
Major(s): Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
On-Campus Activities: ABC House Tutor, WAMH 89.3 Radio DJ, Women's Basketball, HerCampus Amherst contributing writer, LJST Office Assistant, Note Taker for Disabilities Services
Hobby: Cheering the loudest at Amherst Women's Basketball games

Although I am an American citizen, I have lived abroad my whole life and have spent the most significant time in Switzerland. Yet, I consider Amherst, Massachusetts to be my home. I originally came to Amherst as a a member of the Women's Basketball Team. However, numerous serious injuries and three surgeries later, I now spend my time as a tour guide, working in the LJST department office, writing for HerCampus Amherst, working for the Disabilities Services Office, tutoring at the ABC House in town, and cheering as loudly as I can for our nationally ranked women's basketball team. The people at Amherst: from my professors, to my friends, to my first year dorm custodian, have supported me and taught me invaluable lessons over my past two years at Amherst, and I can’t wait for what’s in store for the next two! Would love to answer any more questions about Amherst, so feel free to reach me at

Andrew Kim '18 Name: Andrew (Dong Ho) Kim ‘18
Hometown: Mukilteo, WA
Major(s): History & Mathematics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Glee Club, Amherst College Jazz Combo, Amherst College Law Review, Amherst Christian Fellowship, Korean Student Association
Hobbies: Listening to jazz, taking long walks on the beach, reading, playing basketball, watching old Hollywood movies
Favorite question asked on tours: "Who is that guy over there?" (points at the Robert Frost statue)

My name is Andrew Kim, and I’m from Mukilteo, WA, a beautiful port city located in the suburbs of Seattle. I am currently a junior at Amherst College studying math and history, and I eventually plan on writing a senior thesis focused on 20th century American history. Aside from guiding tours, I sing for the Amherst College Glee Club, play piano for Amherst's student-run jazz combo "Twins" and split my time between Amherst Christian Fellowship and Korean Student Association. If I'm not doing schoolwork or extracurricular activities, I'm probably watching a Seahawks game or indulging myself in Audrey Hepburn movies. You can reach me at for any questions. Excited to see you all on campus!

Joon Kim '18 Name: Joon Kim ‘18
Hometown(s): Palo Alto, CA and Seoul, South Korea
Major(s): History & Mathematics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), Asian Students Association, Amherst College Law Review
Hobby: Eating at Val
Favorite question asked on tours: What's your favorite Val menu item?

Welcome to Amherst! My name's Joon and I'm a Junior at Amherst. I grew up in both Northern California and Seoul, South Korea. My interests are as diverse as my activities on campus, but I want to highlight my favorite Val menu items: the Shrimp Po Boy sandwiches, the Buffalo Chicken Wraps, Val Burger Wraps, double cheeseburgers, waffle fries, and the steak.

Siena Koh '18 Name: Siena Koh ‘18
Hometown: Old Bethpage, NY
Major(s): Interdisciplinary & French
Activities on campus: Social Project Work Group (Branches), Jazz Combo, Student Wellness Team, AC BEAT Music Publication, Asian Student Association
Hobbies: Travel, Food, Music (piano & singing), Val-Sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: Where should we eat after this tour? (Johnny’s)

Hi! My name is Siena. I’m a junior pursuing a major in French and Interdisciplinary (with a concentration in Econ), but I have taken a broad range of courses from various departments. I’m planning to study abroad in France in the Spring of 2017. Some of my favorite things here include: the stunning fall foliage in October, the blossoming trees behind Johnson Chapel in April, the open curriculum, and Homecoming. Some of my dislikes: the merciless cold of Western Mass winter, and not having my spirit animal (dog) with me at school. Outside of class, I like to play music/perform with friends, indulge in fine food and drinks, and lounge outside on the quads/Greenway decks.

Jennifer Mackinnon Krems ' 18 Name: Jennifer Mackinnon Krems ‘18
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Major(s): Economics
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical System Emergency Medical Technician, Special Olympics Volunteer, Craig's Doors/Homeless Connect, Outing Club, Yoga Club
Hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, swimming, art and playing games
Favorite question asked on tours: What activities are there to do in the outdoors?

I am a pre-medical student interested in Public Health and Economics. I love the outdoors and luckily, am immersed by it here at Amherst! I feel very fortunate to have the flexibility to be a pre-medical student majoring in a social science who can also study abroad! Amherst has encouraged me to embrace a well-rounded education and lifestyle. If you have any questions at all, please email me at! I would love to chat!

Sophie Lichter '18 Name: Sophie Isabel Lichter ‘18
Hometown: Cologne, Germany
Major(s): Political Science & the Five College Certificate in International Relations
Activities on campus: Research, TWLOHA, Political Union, Working at Admissions & At the Mead Art Museum
Hobbies: Watching Documentaries & Netflix, Reading Newspapers, Biking
Favorite question asked on tours: What is unique to Amherst (students)? What is your favorite thing about being here?

Hi everyone! My name is Sophie and I am an international student from Germany in pursuit of understanding this world and the people in it. Besides Germany, I have visited/lived in many other countries, so I follow the idea that home is where my heart is. And right now, that place is Amherst! So far, I have loved my classes, my professors, and the incredible people I’ve gotten to meet on this campus. My first year was one of big transformations, and after initially pursuing a career in psychology, I am now drifting toward International Relations. This semester I am taking advantage of the 5 colleges by doing PoliSci research at UMass, just a 7-minute bike ride away. Being a tour guide gives me the opportunity to meet potential new students and tell all my favorite stories about Amherst. Please email me at if you have any questions at all. I'd love to answer them.

Eleanor Politi '18 Name: Ellie Politi ‘18
Hometown: Rockland, NY (Bergen County, NJ)
Major(s): Economics & French
Activities on campus: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, literally just studying all the time.
Hobbies: Val sitting
Favorite question asked on tours: What are the advantages of a small, liberal arts college as opposed to a large, research university?

My name is Ellie, and I am a junior at Amherst. I'm from the New York metropolitan area. I am a double major in Econ and French. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have (

Noor Qasim '18 Name: Noor Qasim ‘18
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Major(s): English
On-Campus Activities: Mr. Gad's House of Improv, Theater and Dance, AC Voice, Marsh Arts Haus, Green Amherst Project
Hobbies: Reading, Napping, Having a good time
Favorite question asked on tours: What is your favorite thing about Amherst?

Hey everybody! I love Amherst and am always excited to help you decide if its the right place for you. Shoot me an email! I'd love to answer any and all questions about why I chose Amherst and what it's like to be a student here.

Ben Rotner '18 Name: Ben Rotner ‘18
Hometown: Swampscott, MA
Major(s): Economics & Spanish
Activities on campus: Men's Club Soccer, Sailing Team, Outing Club, Consulting Club
Hobbies: Scuba diving, Skiing, and Soccer
Favorite question asked on tours: "Do all dorms look like this?" (after seeing a double in Charles Pratt)

Hi! My name is Ben. I'm a junior studying to major in both Economics and Spanish, but I have taken classes in 10 different departments! I am a co-captain of the Men's Club Soccer team as well as being a member of the Outing Club and the Sailing team. When I am not playing sports, studying or giving tours I love to hang out with my friends, practice my Spanish, or find random fun things to do on campus. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at I hope you come to love Amherst as much as I do!

Sophia Salazar '18 Name: Sophia Salazar ‘18
Hometown: Carson, CA
Major(s): Political Science & Sociology
Activities on campus: WAMH Radio, The Amherst Student (writing/photography)
Hobbies: Journaling, jogging the Norwottuck Trail, discovering new music, and trying local food in the Pioneer Valley
Favorite question asked on tours: Do you recommend any good spots to eat around here?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior from Southern California. I "discovered" Amherst as a high school senior while attending Amherst's Diversity Open House (DIVOH) fly-in program. I instantly fell in love with Amherst's small classes and its gorgeous New England fall scenery on my visit, and was ready to pack my bags for the East Coast upon getting accepted. Now, in addition to being a tour guide, I work as a Diversity Intern for the Admission Office, and help put on programs and events for new prospective students (including DIVOH). I am studying abroad this year at the University of Oxford, so unfortunately we won't get a chance to meet on a tour. However, I love chatting with prospective students, so feel free to contact me via email at!

Frank Tavares '18 Name: Frank Tavares ‘18
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major(s): English & Astronomy
On-Campus Activities: AC Voice, Amherst College Musical, Model UN
Hobbies: Creative Writing, Reading Comics, Doing Theater, Playing Dungeons and Dragons
Favorite question asked on tours: Where do you think Amherst could improve?

Hello! I'm Frank, an English and Astronomy double major who grew up in San Diego, CA. Before coming to Amherst, I lived in Brasilia, Brazil for four years and New Delhi, India for one year. What I find most exciting about Amherst is the ability to study in vastly different fields, and the excitement of finding connections between those differing fields, something celebrated here. I've conducted Astronomy research on campus as a part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, and this past summer worked at the NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, AL. In my free time, I'll be participating in Amherst's extracurricular theater scene, working on creative writing projects, or writing for AC Voice, an online student blog. If you have questions about coming in as an international student, the English or Astronomy programs, SURF, theater on campus, student journalism, or anything else, shoot me an email at!

Juan Valdes '18 Name: Juan E. Valdes ‘18
Hometown: Miami, FL
Major(s): History & Philosophy
Activities on campus: Rugby, Amherst Political Union, La Causa, La Casa
Hobbies: Going into town and getting doughnuts and then feeling guilty. 
Favorite question asked on tours: If you could go back in time, would you have chosen Amherst again?

I am a transfer student from a college in Miami so I can compare the two. Amherst is definitely a college that will challenge you, help you grow, and then overwhelm you with opportunity. The professors here are among the best in their respective fields but are also very dedicated to each of their students thanks to the small class size. Socially speaking I have made great friends playing Rugby, debating with peers in the Amherst Political Union, and engaging in dialogue about what it means to be a minority on campus in La Causa. Amherst has welcoming place for people of all walks of life, and it would be my honor to show you around. If you have any questions feel free to email me at

Mateo Weisner '18 Name: Mateo Wiesner ‘18
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Major(s): Psychology
Activities on campus: Golf Team, Investment Club, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Orientation Leader
Hobbies: Intramural Sports, Chess, Watching Movies
Favorite question asked on tours: Why Amherst?

I chose Amherst because of the people that I met when I overnighted as an admitted student. The amount of diversity and interesting stories that I have seen and heard in my time here has been astounding. That being said, I am passionate about spending time learning about new cultures and meeting new personalities. While I love the sports that I play and the activities that I am currently involved in, what I enjoy most is talking to people whose interests differ from mine. My favorite class so far has been USSR During the Cold War, with Professor Glebov. The way that the course was taught, with a mix between lecturing and dialogue about the readings that we had done for that day, made the class atmosphere exciting and interactive. I learned a lot not just from the teacher, but from other students who were able to piece together the lectures and the readings to raise thoughtful questions on the subject matter.

Mei Zhou '18 Name: Mei Zhou ‘18
Hometown: Nampa, ID
Major(s): Asian Languages and Civilizations
On-Campus Activities: Anime Club, El Arco Iris (tutoring), Ushering
Hobbies: Sewing and crafting
Favorite question asked on tours: How are the professors at Amherst? Do students get to spend time with them?

Hi everyone! My name is Mei, and I was born in China but raised in Idaho, and I absolutely love every day I've spent at Amherst! I'm currently studying Japanese and aiming to double up in Computer Science, but I've taken classes in many different departments from Theater to LJST to American Studies. (The open curriculum here is wonderful!) During my free time, I love attending all the different events on campus like concerts and cooking nights. (If you ask me about student life during a tour, I promise to make you jealous with stories!) This semester I'm actually super fortunate to be studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Doshisha University, so while I will not be meeting any of the lovely prospective students visiting this fall, I look forward to sharing all my adventures with you when I return in the spring!

 Tour Guides—Class of 2019

Jana Barber '19 Name: Jana Barber ‘19
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Potential Major(s): Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought & French
Activities on campus: Amherst College Rowing Association, Women's Choir
Hobbies: Binge Watch Shonda Rhimes TGIT and zip-lining
Favorite question asked on tours: Do you have really good calves from walking backwards?

Hey! My name is Jana Barber and I’m a sophomore from Oak Park, IL, which is right outside of Chicago. I plan to major in French and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. 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 Women’s Choir. 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
Potential Major(s): Undecided
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

Hi everyone! I’m Aahnix, and I’m not in Kansas anymore! I am currently majoring in the ‘Undeclared’ field, where the possibilities are limitless…My academic interests are focused in linguistics, biology and neuroscience, and languages, so I’m taking advantage of the open curriculum and the Five College Consortium. I enjoy getting off campus a few times every week for my linguistics classes at UMASS. Currently participating in the college radio station, Glee Club, Outing Club, Amherst Christian Fellowship, and 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
Major(s): Film and Media Studies & Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
On-Campus Activities: Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Special Olympics, La Causa, Intramural Volleyball, Badminton, Swing and Ballroom Dance
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: Will I get toned calves from walking up and down all these hills??

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.

Diane Lee '19 Name: Diane Lee ‘19
: Norwood, NJ
Major(s): English & Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies
Activities on campus: The Amherst Student, Women's and Gender Center, Women in Finance
Hobbies: Running, hiking, reading, playing the cello, watching The Bachelor, spending time with Amherst town residents at the Amherst Survival Center

I'm currently a sophomore, born and bred in the great state of New Jersey. At Amherst, I'm double majoring English and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies (SWAGS). Amherst was actually one of the few small schools applied to, and I am so glad I did. As soon as I entered the picturesque New England town and walked around the beautiful campus, I knew Amherst was the place for me. As someone with a wide array of interests, I was also attracted to the open curriculum; in fact, its allowed me to find new passions like gender studies, which is now my major! My love for Amherst grows the longer I'm here: from eating cider donuts at Fall Fest with my professors and their kids to having a heated debate in Frost Library with some friends, I love Amherst's traditions and community. On campus, I am the Opinions section editor for the Amherst Student, our college weekly newspaper. I also am a Program Coordinator for our Women's and Gender Center. See you on campus!

Mariana Lehoucq '19 Name: Mariana Lehoucq ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Potential Major(s): Sociology
Activities on Campus: Amherst Choral Society, Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Project Salud,  Mentor at Reader to Reader
Hobbies: Attending interesting talks, Spontaneous dance and karaoke sessions, Arts and crafts
Favorite question asked on tours: How do you feel about MA weather?

Hi! My name is Mariana, and I’m a sophomore from Greensboro, NC. On campus, I am involved in Choral Society, the AC Public Health Collaborative, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. I also work as a mentor for Reader to Reader, and am involved in a project through the Center for Community Engagement. I enjoyed doing some extra-curricular theatre last year, and loved meeting other students (some of which were THDA majors and many of whom were not) with interests in performance! Some of my favorite parts of Amherst are getting to try new things and explore various academic interests due to the open curriculum, being able to count on running into friends at any time in Val, and being able to enjoy the “small school” sense of community while still having access to the tremendous amount of resources offered on campus and within the Five Colleges! If you have any questions about life at Amherst, think we may share a common interest, or would like a sophomore’s perspective on college, feel free to reach out at!

Bonnie Lin '19 Name: Bonnie Lin ‘19
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Major(s): 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.

Jake May '19 Name: Jake May ‘19
Hometown: New York, NY
Potential Major(s): History
Activities on campus: Mr. Gad’s House of Improv, Jazz Combo, Ultimate Frisbee, writing humor for The Indicator, a campus publication.
Hobbies: Playing guitar and drums, listening to music, writing comedy. 
Favorite question asked on tours: Why did you pick such a small school?

While I was born in Florida, I moved to New York City at a young age, and I consider it my hometown. Amherst actually wasn’t really on my radar initially, because I didn’t think I wanted a small school. However after I visited the campus I fell in love with the college, and I’m so happy to be here now. I’m thinking of majoring in History, and I love taking classes in that field, but I also love to expand my academic horizons. Schoolwork is definitely a big part of how I spend my time here at Amherst, but I do have plenty of time to fit in ultimate Frisbee, Improv comedy with Mr. Gad’s House of Improv, or play music, whether it’s with one of Amherst’s jazz combos or with musician friends outside of class. I’m obsessed with music of all types, but especially rock and roll. I also consider myself a comedy nerd. If you have any questions about Amherst or want to talk music or comedy, hit me up at

Kaelan McCone '19 Name: Kaelan McCone ‘19
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Major(s): Mathematics, French, & 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!

Tucker Meijer '19 Name: Tucker Meijer ‘19
Hometown: Mountain View, CA
Major(s): Film and Media Studies & English
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Cross-Country and Track, Student Health Educator, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Running, Reading, Relaxing
Favorite question asked on tours: Being from California, how do you deal with the cold?

Amherst has really been a place for me to grow and mature surrounded by an awesome community of supportive and friendly people. Although I'm not 100% sure about my major, I am pretty passionate about all things visual, specifically film and television, and I would love to work at a television studio one day. Since I'm on the cross-country team, I get to experience all of the terrific trails around Amherst, which are always great spots. I'm also a Student Health Educator (or SHE), so I get to talk about all sorts of different health issues, which is a super fun way to connect with the greater Amherst community. When I have some free time, I'm an avid TV watcher, so if you have any TV show recommendations, I'd love to hear them! I'm really looking forward to showing you around! If you have any questions about Amherst or just want to say hi, feel free to email me at

Ian Miller '19 Name: Ian Miller ‘19
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Major(s): 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
Major(s): Undecided
On-Campus Activities: Women’s Chorus, Club Soccer, Amherst Dance, Olio, Whistle a Happy Tune, Mock Trial, Student Health Educators, Book and Plow Farm, Resident Counselor
Hobby: Keeping my basil plant alive

Hi there! I’m a sophomore 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. Although I’m interested in Psychology and LJST, I’m still exploring my options when it comes to majors, I’ve got a little time left to make such a major decision. I also love dancing in like it’s 1999 in my room, and making puns. 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
Major(s): Psychology & Math
On-Campus Activities: QuestBridge, Intramural sports, First Generation Association, Math Fellow
Hobbies: Writing, decorating, watching Netflix, bonding with friends, taking pictures of campus, Buzzfeed, wasting time on Instagram
Favorite question asked on tours: Would you sit on Frost's lap?

Hi! My name is Denise and I am an Angeleno. Despite being born and raised on the west coast, I'm really glad I left. I enjoy witnessing four seasons (finally) and love when the temperature is under 75 degrees. Since arriving on campus last year, I've had the pleasure of receiving incredible support from my professors. They've helped me understand that I belong on this campus and provided me with opportunities to be a research assistant for the psychology department as well as a fellow for the math department. The professors I've interacted with are passionate about teaching and love when students ask questions. They're not afraid to share stories about their own lives to encourage us or make us laugh. That's why professors are one reason I love being an Amherst student. That, and they sometimes give us food. Feel free to email me with any questions at!"

Grace Orr '19 Name: Grace Orr ‘19
: Briarcliff, NY
Major(s): Architectural Studies & Psychology
Activities on campus: Women's Soccer Team, Amherst LEADS, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Hobbies: I have a quasi-business called Vans By Grace in which I make customized sneakers by decorating plain white vans for different schools/ sports teams.

Hi! My name is Grace and I’m a sophomore from New York, which means I’m unfortunately a Jets fan amidst too many passionate Pats fans. Even still, 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 I’m still able 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. I’d love to share all the things I’ve learned about Amherst over the past two years with any and all prospective students (except Patriots fans obviously).

Julia Pike '19 Name: Julia Pike ‘19
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Potential Major(s): English & Environmental Studies
On-Campus Activities: Ultimate Frisbee, Divest Amherst, Amherst Dance, and the Book and Plow Farm
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 sophomore considering majoring in English, Environmental Studies, or Political Science. Here on campus, I'm on Amherst College's Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, Sparkle Motion, I work at the Book and Plow Farm. In my free time, I like to run on the beautiful Amherst trails, read and watch Game of Thrones. This year I will be living in Marsh, the Arts Theme House on campus. I can't wait to meet you all and show you around Amherst!

Molly Pines '19 Name: Molly Pines ‘19
Hometown: Orinda, CA
Major(s): English
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: Where should we get lunch after our tour?

Hi! I’m Molly Pines and I’m a sophomore here at Amherst. I'm 99% sure I'm majoring in English, and I'm also interested in Spanish and Psychology. I’m from a small suburb of San Francisco and I will always be a West Coaster at heart, no matter how much I love Amherst. At school, when I’m not eating, sleeping, or studying, I 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(s): History
On-Campus Activities: Hillel, Amherst Political Union, Amherst College Poker Club, Intramurals
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 sophomore from New York City, New York. I have not declared my major yet, but I am leaning towards history or political science. 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. 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 me an email at Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Andrew Sommer '19 Name: Andrew Sommer ‘19
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
Major(s): Computer Science & Asian Languages and Civilizations
On-Campus Activities: Outing Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Varsity Football
Hobbies: Cooking, Traveling, anything involving the outdoors
Favorite question asked on tours: Isn't Amherst kinda in the middle of nowhere?

I'm from just outside of New York City, a place where the world is at your fingertips, and I can confidently say that I feel the exact same, if not even more so, about Amherst. I love the challenging and diverse community that Amherst provides, and being right next to the Berkshire Mountains adds a beautiful touch (I love the outdoors!). In the classroom, computer science and Mandarin Chinese take up most of my study, although I have had the chance to try out our great Math department, with the fantastic professor Gabriel Sosa! Outside of these activities I love to hang with friends on Memorial hill, or see some of the great shows students perform like the comedy group Mr. Gad's or the art works in the Mead. 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(s): Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought & Computer Science
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

Hi there! I'm Dorit, a sophomore 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
Major(s): Statistics & Sociology
On-Campus Activities: AAS (Student Government), Purple Pride Cheerleading, BSU, La Causa, Orientation Leader, Amherst Christian Fellowship, Colleges against Cancer
Hobbies: Reading, coloring, painting my nails, watching terrible TV, using duolingo, watching Duke Basketball
Favorite question asked on tours: If you're from NC, why don't you have a Southern accent?

Hey y'all! I'm Silvia and I was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. I declared Statistics as my major and plan to declare Sociology as well. I am a co-captain for Amherst's cheer team, the Secretary for Amherst's Student Government, and enjoy attending many other club meetings when I have time. I spent a semester in D.C. at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in high school, and I hope to study abroad in Cuba my junior year at Amherst. My favorite class thus far at Amherst has definitely been 'Latino Pop Culture.' If you want to know what our student government is like, how our cheer team works, what being a stats major is like or even why The Taste is the best restaurant in Amherst, you can email me at! Hope to see you in the Pioneer Valley soon.

Allison Tennant '19 Name: Allison Tennant ‘19
Hometown: Roscoe, IL
Major(s): Environmental Studies & 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 a sophomore. 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(s): Biology
On-Campus Activities: Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), Charles Drew Health Professionals Society, Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP)
Hobbies: Baking, reading, Val sitting
Favorite Question Asked on Tours: When did you know Amherst was right for you?

Hi everyone! My name is Alexandra Theall, and I'm a sophomore from Newton, Massachusetts. In my first year at Amherst, I have happily adjusted to my new home and have come to love the familiar sights and sounds of our awesome little campus. I'm a potential Biology major, a pre-health student, and aspiring physician. On campus (other than being a tour guide), I am involved in KDSAP and will be serving as a Charles Drew Health Professionals Society co-president this year. I am also currently a member of ACEMS, Amherst's student run EMS organization, so you may see me around campus wearing blue! 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 student, or just in general, please feel free to email me at!

Jackson Trice '19 Name: Jackson Trice ‘19
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Potential Major(s): English, Film and Media Studies, & French
Activities on Campus: I'm an intern at The Common Magazine, an international literary magazine run out of Amherst College. I sometimes volunteer as a reader in a reading mentoring program at Reader to Reader.
Hobbies: Watching movies--I go to Amherst Cinema all the time. I also like traveling and exploring the five college area. I'm pretty simple: I like books, yoga, and eating good food with good friends.
Favorite question asked on tours: "Will my kid be okay here, academically?," usually parents ask me this with the gravest of faces.

As a product of the South Carolina public education system, and a notoriously bad great test taker, I didn't think I was cut out for a school like Amherst at all. I was surprised by my acceptance, and worried about how hard the classes would be up until I met the professors. College is hard--that's a known fact. But I've had a lot of fun in my classes, too. Professors want you to succeed here. My favorite thing to tell anxious applicants (and their parents) is to chill. In my experience, Amherst professors and faculty help you accentuate the positive in yourself, not the negative. I chose Amherst because the student body was the nicest, funniest, and smartest group of people I've ever met. A year later, that still stands to be true. Academically, Amherst has given me the freedom to explore my passion of writing, and help me down new avenues of creativity and learning. A year ago, I couldn't imagine the classes that I would end up taking due to the open curriculum. Freedom to experiment, ultimately, is what makes Amherst one of my favorite places.

Yrenly Yuan '19 Name: Yrenly Yuan ‘19
Hometown: Davis, CA
Major(s): Biology & Anthropology
On-Campus Activities: Varsity Track and Field, Amherst Intramurals, The Amherst Student, and TEDxAmherst
Hobbies: Making bad jokes, Val-sitting, petting dogs, and reading late at night
Favorite question asked on tours: What do you love most about Amherst?

Hi everyone! I'm a sophomore from Northern California interested in public health and health administration. 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, which is how I became interested in Anthropology. 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

Sung-Woo Baek '20 Name: Sung-Woo Baek ‘20
: Auckland, New Zealand
Potential Major(s): Economics & Music
Activities on campus: DASAC (Dance and Step at Amherst), DBJ, Powerhouse committee
Hobbies: Listening to music, going to events, dancing

My name is Sung-Woo, and I'm a New Zealand born Korean from Auckland City (the second-coolest city in the world - the first, being Amherst). Although, at first, Amherst College (let alone America itself) was an unfamiliar surrounding for me, after growing to appreciate what the school has to offer and making awesome friends, I realize now that this is a place where I can thrive and really grow as a person. Currently, I'm experimenting with all sorts of wacky courses (because I'm not fully sure about what I want to major in), but music is something I definitely want to continue to pursue - I am currently taking Jazz Piano lessons at school for half-credit. I like to spend my time organizing (nerdy, I know) or trying out new things (meditating, going to workshops, or even tour guiding!). If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at

  Eliza Beebe '20
: Eliza Beebe ‘20
: Milton, MA
Potential Major(s): Psychology and  Environmental Studies
Activities on campus: Women's Lacrosse, Outing Club, Book & Plow Farm
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, drinking tea, and anything dog-related

Hi everyone! My name is Eliza Beebe and I'm a first-year here at Amherst. I chose to come here because I was excited to immerse myself in a close-knit, diverse community where I knew I would be challenged to grow and learn. After just one semester at Amherst, 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!

Charlotte Blackman '20 Name: Charlotte Blackman ‘20
: Bronx, NY
Potential Major(s): Mathematics and Sociology
Activities on campus: I'm in the Women's Chorus, I take private bass lessons, I am a homework grader for the Math Department, and I illustrate for The Indicator (a student publication).
Hobbies: I like baking, practicing yoga, painting or drawing, listening to podcasts, and discussing intersectional feminism.

Hi! I'm Charlotte, and I am a first-year from the Bronx in New York City. I have been an artist ever since my fine motor skills developed enough to allow me to hold a crayon, and I also love jazz--I played the tuba for eight years and am now tackling the bass. Academically, I have always been in deep love with math, and am passionate about fighting for different movements of social justice, which piqued my curiosity in sociology. When I was in eleventh grade and touring schools, I was somewhat concerned that going to college would mean I would be forced to pick a "thing"--that I would have to decide whether I wanted to be the art girl, the music girl, the math girl, or the sociology girl. Yet Amherst students could not possibly defy this worry more. The Amherst student body is a diverse and curious group of people who not only encourage their peers to pursue and explore different interests, but also embody the liberal arts education in that they truly involve themselves in every aspect of student life here. If you have any questions about Amherst, I'm happy to do my best to answer them (

  Julia Cardenas '20
: Julia Cárdenas ‘20
: Los Angeles, CA
Major(s): Art and the History of Art
Activities on campus: Amherst Rowing Association, Outing Club
Hobbies: drawing, cooking, watching The Office, and Val-sitting

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. What would I do without ready access to avocados? What would my days be like without traffic? I can now 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. While here I look forward to pursuing classes in a number of different disciplines through the open curriculum. Although I think I would like to major in art history I want to push myself to take as many classes as I can in various subjects before I declare. 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 my 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
Major(s): Psychology and French
Activities on campus: Amherst Christian Fellowship
Hobbies: I love to run, write, sleep, and watch movies (especially old Hollywood, French, and Disney films). More generally, I just love people, and I try to spend most of my time getting to know the wonderful Amherst student body!

I'm Rachel, a guacamole, puppy, Parks and Recreation loving ENFP from Elk Grove, CA (right outside Sacramento). I chose Amherst for a variety of reasons, but I'm most passionate about the interpersonal relationships that are made possible by the small student body size and student-to-faculty ratio. Classrooms and dorm common spaces are constantly home to engaging, challenging, intimate, and difficult conversations between people of differing backgrounds and perspectives, and I haven't spent a day on this campus without learning something new (whether socially or academically). Community is definitely everywhere on Amherst's campus, but I've especially loved the community I've found in Amherst Christian Fellowship. Getting plugged into a group of such kind, supportive people gave me a lot of confidence when I first arrived at Amherst to share that kindness and support throughout my other social spheres. In terms of the academics, I have absolutely loved every class I've taken so far at Amherst, but as a prospective psychology major, I had a blast in Professor Sanderson's Intro to Psychology. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions about life at Amherst! Hope to see you soon!

McLean Cozine '20 Name: McLean Cozine ‘20
: Minneapolis, MN
Potential Major(s): Philosophy
Activities on campus: Varsity Baseball (I am currently working to walk on to the team), Sailing Club, Intramural Soccer
Hobbies: Exploring campus and the Pioneer Valley, having common room discussions when I should be working, Val sitting

Hi! My name is McLean, like John from Die Hard or the place in Virginia. I was born and raised in the City of Lakes - Minneapolis, Minnesota - but I am quickly coming to call Amherst home. From the beginning I have felt welcomed by the fantastic range of people that live on this campus, and these people inspire me every day. I had no idea what I wanted to study before I got here, but the open curriculum provided me the ideal opportunity to explore my different interests from the very start. It also gave me, after one semester, three professors who want to help me with advising. These 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 the moment I looked out across Memorial Hill (on a tour like the ones I now lead), I have been enamored with Amherst. Spending time in this beautiful place has only reinforced that feeling, and I hope to share it with you!

Claire Dennis '20 Name: Claire Dennis ‘20
: Palo Alto, CA
Potential Major(s): Political Science and Mathematics
Activities on campus: Varsity Volleyball, Amherst LEADS, Social Branch member
Hobbies: Watching movies, reading, baking, Val sitting

Hi! My name is Claire and I am a first-year from the San Francisco Bay Area. Even in the cold winter, I could not be happier to be here! I have been taking my first year to explore the open curriculum, but I anticipate being a Political Science and Math double major. Those two disciplines might not seem like they go hand in hand, but at Amherst, it’s completely okay, and even encouraged, to explore diverse, and seemingly random, interests. Outside of the classroom, I play on the volleyball team (Go Firedogs!), am a part of the Amherst LEADS program (leadership for athletes), and am a member of a Social Branch. You can catch me in the classroom, at the gym, hanging out in my floor’s common room, or spending an absurdly long amount of time in Val. I chose Amherst for the close community that is fostered here. The small classes and intimacy of a small residential campus have helped me form lasting bonds with both faculty and other students. I would love to talk more 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 Educators, African and Caribbean Students Union, Women's Rugby
Hobbies: Coping with my Constant Existential Crises

Haitian born, NYC raised first-year 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!

Max Fox-Jurkowitz '20 Name: Max Fox-Jurkowitz ‘20
: Arlington, MA
Potential Major(s): Mathematics and Economics
Activities on campus: Ultimate Frisbee, Consulting Club, Project Sunshine, Investment Club
Hobbies: Running and watching sports on TV

Hi everyone! My name is Max Fox-Jurkowitz, and I’m a first-year student. I’m from Arlington, MA, so Amherst is just a quick trip up Route 2 for me. My favorite things about Amherst, so far, have been the warm, inclusive community and the extremely accessible professors. The students at Amherst made me feel welcome from the day I arrived. Professor Benedetto’s Calculus class elevated Math from something I was interested in to a potential major. Currently, I am considering majoring in Math and maybe Economics. 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. Outside of these activities, I also enjoy watching sports and running. Email me with questions about Amherst at!

Daniel Lee '20 Name: Daniel Lee ‘20
: Philadelphia, PA
Potential Major(s): 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 first-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!

Kathleen Maeder '20 Name: Kathleen Maeder ‘20
: San Pedro, CA
Major(s): Political Science and Environmental Studies
Activities on campus: Writer for The Amherst Student, Women's Ultimate Frisbee
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, video games

Hey everyone! My name is Kathleen, and I am a first-year at Amherst College. While I haven’t declared my major yet, I’m planning on double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies. As a student from a suburb of Los Angeles, adjusting to life in Massachusetts has been a journey, but so far I’m really enjoying it here (and the cold really isn’t too bad when you get used to it!). One of my favorite aspects of academic life at Amherst College is the open curriculum and so far I’ve loved trying out classes in as many departments as possible, including our Chemistry, Economics, and SWAGS departments. I love spending time outdoors and on nice days you can probably always find me on the First-Year Quad or hiking the trails in the Wildlife Sanctuary. If you have any questions about life here at Amherst, feel free to contact me at Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Mia Nicholson '20 Name: Mia Nicholson ‘20
: Long Island, NY
Major(s): Black Studies and Economics
Activities on campus: The Bluestockings (a cappella group), Amherst College Democrats, Black Student Union, African & Caribbean Student Union, DASAC
Hobbies: Reading, Netflix, intellectual late-night conversations with my roommate

Hi! I'm Mia Nicholson and I am a first-year from Long Island, New York. On campus I am a member of an all-women's a cappella group the Bluestockings, Dance and Step at Amherst College, Amherst Democrats and many more! I am a prospective Black Studies and Economics major with an interest in politics. Since coming to Amherst, I have found a great community with so many opportunities for engagement and personal growth. I have been able to be involved in an array of different activities and pursue my academic interests in ways I had never considered before. My email is Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any Amherst questions you may have!

Name: Theo Pérez ‘20
: New York, NY
Potential Major(s)
: Undecided (Theater and Dance, Music, and/or Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought)
Activities on campus
: Guitar (Jazz Combo), WAMH E-Board, Scene Shop, Annual Fund’s Phone-A-Thon
: I play guitar and act. 

Hello! My name is Theo Pérez and I'm happy to be here at Amherst College. I'm consistently impressed by the school’s continued efforts to help students live diverse intellectual, creative and personal lives through both on-campus means such as the open curriculum, and off-campus ones such as assistance in the career center and study abroad offices. I feel that the school has encouraged and enabled me to take undeveloped skills and interests I have and develop them to whatever level I desire. I am thankful for the opportunity to fully engage with various aspects of this community and look forward to sharing my excitement and enthusiasm with prospective students on my tours.

Stuart Robbins '20 Name: Stuart Robbins ‘20
: Armonk, NY
Potential Major(s): American Studies
Activities on campus: Co-chair of Pride Alliance, Outing Club, Amherst Dance
Hobbies: Skiing, gardening, hiking

Hey, my name is Stuart and I am a first-year and potential American Studies major here at Amherst. I love going to school here because of the amazing open curriculum and the amazing people I have met since coming here. This campus is a place where you will be challenged to grow and discover yourself, while at the same time making meaningful connections and friendships. I would be more than happy to talk to you about any questions you have about Amherst. My email is

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, Amherst LEADS, Outing Club
Hobbies: Hiking, theatre, dance, yoga, cooking/baking/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. My passions involve human rights and global social justice issues. With the open curriculum, I am able to take many classes involving these passions, but conversations about them extend far beyond the classroom with my peers and with adults in the community. Every single day, these interactions solidify my decision of choosing Amherst!

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(s): Political Science and History
Activities on campus: Women's Crew Team, Outing Club
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking

My name is Sarah Weintraub and I am a first-year student 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. I have already 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 so 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
Major(s): Economics and Mathematics
Activities on campus: Women's Golf Team, Amherst College Republicans, Christian Fellowship
Hobbies: Playing guitar, snowboarding, making smoothies at Val

Hi! My name is Morgan Yurosek and I am a first-year student 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 Math. 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!

Kevin Zhangxu '20 Name: Kevin Zhangxu ‘20
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Major(s): Biochemistry and Biophysics
Activities on campus: Asian Students Association (ASA), Amherst College Public Health Collaborative (ACPHC), Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS), La Causa
Hobbies: Watching movies @ Amherst Cinema, Listening to Podcasts, and Val sitting

Hello! My name is Kevin Zhangxu, and I am from the Bay Area, California. I am super passionate about health care, cinema, and socio-cultural issues. My favorite class has been my First-Year Seminar, "Genes, Genomes, and Society." As a member of the ACPHC and ACEMS, I strive to educate the community on public health issues while maintaining the well-being of our students on campus. Being at Amherst and a part of ASA have inspired me to broaden my perspective and gain a deeper appreciation of my culture, and I look forward to the rest of my time here. If you would like to hear more about pre-health at Amherst, affinity groups on campus, or anything else, please contact me at!