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The Class of 2016

Guide Major Guide Major
    Annika Nygren European Studies
Erin Brousseau Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought Richard Park Spanish; Economics
Michael Harmon Undeclared Athri Ranganathan Anthropology
Lisa Hsiao Neuroscience Chloe Revery Computer Science; History; Economics 
Douglass Jamison Psychology; Sociology    
Andrew Knox Political Science; Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought Amanda Rosenbaum Math
    Sam Rosenblum Political Science
Elizabeth Lefever Computer Science; Asian Languages and Civilizations Julia Rothacker Economics; Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Judd Liebman Political Science; Economics Lindsay Solotar Math
    Miu Suzuki Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought
Gaby Mayer Art and the History of Art Jonathan Yau Psychology; Enviornmental Studies
    Ike Zhang Chemistry; Asian Languages and Civilization  

Hi! My name is Erin Brousseau, and I'm a junior here at Amherst College. I was born in D.C., but grew up in Heidelberg, Germany, and went to high school in Augusta, Georgia, thanks to my parents' military careers. At Amherst, I split most of my extracurricular time between rowing for the crew team and singing for one of Amherst's six a cappella groups, the DQ. Although I'm a Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought major, I'm working on attaining proficiency in Russian and French as well while at Amherst; I just attended the Middlebury College School of Russian this summer, and plan on studying abroad in France next semester! When not reading vast amounts of legal theory, I enjoy rock climbing or cross-country skiing with the Outing Club, knitting, reading, and attempting to play guitar. Feel free to email me with any questions! - ebrousseau16@amherst.edu


Hi! I'm Michael Harmon, and I'm a second-year student from Short Hills, New Jersey. I'm a science guy and a history buff, and I hope to design and complete my own interdisciplinary major in the humanities while fulfilling my pre-med requirements. I'm especially fascinated by the history and politics of southern Africa and hope to travel (and perhaps spend a semester studying) there during my four years here. When I'm not daydreaming about my fantasy African safari, I keep myself busy as an active member of Hillel, a research assistant for the professor of my first-year seminar, a photographer for the College's Office of Public Affairs, and a member of the Jazz@Amherst program. I'm a saxophonist in the jazz ensemble and the pianist in a jazz combo, and I plan to start a pep band for the coming fall semester. Feel free to email me with any comments, concerns, or questions at  mharmon16@amherst.edu

Hey y'all! My name is Lisa Hsiao, and I'm a sophomore from College Station, Texas! I'm a prospective Neuroscience major and pre-med, although I'm still exploring the many other options here at Amherst thanks to the Open Curriculum! Outside of class, I'm involved with the Amherst Christian Fellowship, Amherst Equestrian Team, and Chinese Students Association. I also work with high school students as both a mentor for Reader to Reader and as a telementor for the admissions office. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at a local homeless shelter, playing the harp, knitting, stargazing, and spending time with friends. From the breathtaking view of the fall foliage from Memorial Hill, to all of my incredible classmates and professors, I am continually amazed and humbled by all that Amherst has to offer, and I can't wait to share it with you! Please feel free to contact me at lhsiao16@amherst.edu!

Hello! My name is Douglass Jamison and I am a second-year student at Amherst.. I am from Phoenix, Arizona but I have also lived in New Jersey and Southern California. I am a prospective Psychology and Sociology double major and I hope to potentially go into law. I plan on thoroughly taking advantage of Amherst's liberal arts education and open curriculum. I am currently a member of the Amherst's Men's Soccer team and I plan to become an active member of Amherst's Black Student Union. If you have any problems or concerns, feel free to contact Sam. But if you have any questions or thoughts feel free to contact me. djamison16@amherst.edu

Greetings! My name is Andrew Knox. I am a sophomore from Palos Verdes Estates, a stones throw away from the beautiful beaches of Southern California. Although I grew up near the beach, I’ve never been much of a surfer, focusing on football instead, and am now a wide receiver for the Lord Jeff football team. Amherst was my first choice. If I had to go back and make the decision all over again, I would choose Amherst again in a heartbeat. I plan to double major in Political Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, but I have plenty of time to figure that out! I thoroughly enjoyed my first Fall at Amherst and am looking forward to experiencing the full range of seasons and making memories in Massachusetts. Please email me with any questions, thoughts, or concerns that you may have at  aknox16@amherst.edu

Hey guys. My name is Elizabeth Lefever and I am a junior from New York. I'm double majoring in Computer Science and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and this fall I'm studying abroad in Kyoto at Doshisha University, our partner school in Japan. My activities at Amherst have included tutoring through Girls Inc., the Amherst Women's Ultimate Frisbee team, the Computer Science and Electronics Clubs, and the Knitting Club (Much Ado About Knitting). In addition to being a tour guide, I've worked in the Admissions Office as a Diversity Intern and Student Blogger. I also love to talk about Amherst so feel free to reach out if you have any questions! Hopefully you'll come to love this place as much as I do.elefever16@amherst.edu

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Judd Liebman is a Junior Political Science and Economics double major from Los Angeles. He studied abroad in London at the University College London in the Fall and spent last summer in Tel Aviv working at a Venture Lending fund. On campus, Judd is a member of the Sexual Respect Task Force, developed an app to help victims of sexual assault find the resources they need, an editor on The Student, and an intern in the Career Center. Judd is interested in public service, having served as a White House intern after his freshman year.

Please feel free to contact him with any questions about Amherst: jliebman16@amherst.edu



Hey hey, future tour people! My name is Gaby Mayer, and I'm a sophomore at Amherst (class of 2016, woo!). I'm from New York City, and I have to say that Central Park does not compare to our gorgeous Massachusetts mountains. I'm pre-med, but I am hoping to major in Art and the History of Art (for those of you with furrowed brows -- no, the two have absolutely nothing to do with one another). In my free time, I'm part of "Sparkle Motion," the Amherst Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, an EMT with ACEMS, our student-run EMT squad, and am a Resident Counselor on "The Hill" in Marsh Arts House, where Calvin Coolidge once lived. I can't wait to show you around Amherst…welcome! I love emails almost as much as snail mail -- feel free to send me one at: gmayer16@amherst.edu


Hello all! My name is Rachel Nghe and I am a junior currently majoring in Political Science and Asian Languages and Civilizations. I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, meaning I've been there my whole life until coming to Amherst. I actually just came back from studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan, so I can provide a very different perspective about my experiences as an Amherst student. Other than being a tour guide, I also work for the Multi-Cultural Resource Center, play intramural sports, and am on the mock trial and equestrian team. My hobbies include going to coffee shops (preferably local ones), origami, and crochet projects! Let me know if there is anything you need from me, advice, opinion, concerns, origami instructions, I'll be sure to answer them as best as I can! - rnghe16@amherst.edu

Hi there! My name is Annika Nygren and I am a second-year student here at Amherst. While I am a citizen of both Sweden and the United States, I come from Sudbury, Massachusetts where I have spent most of my youth. As a New Englander, I am familiar with the seasons and adore the Amherst campus in any weather. I currently stand undecided about my major, but plan to pursue Psychology and will attempt to take at least one class in as many departments as possible. In addition to being a tour guide, I am a member of the Field Hockey team, Amherst LEADS (a program to help athletes become stronger leaders and participants on and off the field) as well as the Athletic Team Engagement Leader Program (a new program hoping to help teams become more involved and integrated with the local community). I am also a member of the Random Acts of Kindness Club and the Psychology Club. If you have any thoughts, questions, concerns, or a dire need for an artsy picture of the view from our famous Memorial Hill, please feel free to contact me at  anygren16@amherst.edu

Hey guys! My name is Richard Park and I am a sophomore from Riverdale, New York. I am currently undecided about my major, but plan to pursue Spanish and Economics. Aside from being a tour guide, I am involved with the Association of Amherst Students (our student government), the Amherst Men's Rowing Team, the Amherst College Entrepreneur's Society, and GlobeMed (a public health club that partnered with a grassroots organization in El Salvador to address health disparities). In my spare time, I love to explore new activities, such as cross-country skiing through perfectly white snow (a rare sight in New York). Please do not hesitate to shoot me an email with any questions at rpark16@amherst.edu


 Hey guys! My name is Athri Ranganathan and I am a junior from Wilson, North Carolina. Alongside tour-guiding and attending class (importance in that order ;), I am a member of the EDU (Education) Club, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, and a student employee of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). I am a sociology major who wants to work in education post-college. During summer 2013, I was a teaching intern at the Sunflower County Freedom Project in the Mississippi Delta; in summer 2014, I interned at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. Both experiences have furthered my passion for social justice. If you have questions about me, or more importantly, Amherst, feel free to email me at aranganathan16@amherst.edu. The College on the Hill (Amherst) is a beautiful, demanding, and ultimately, wonderful place in which to spend four years. I'm glad to have chosen it and hope you will too! aranganathan16@amherst.edu

Hello, future Jeffs! I'm a third-year from Los Angeles majoring in Computer Science, History, and prospectively Economics. I'm involved with the Computer Science Club, the Outing Club, and the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team (go Sparkle Motion!). My favorite thing about Amherst is the Open Curriculum, which has allowed me to pursue a triple major and still have time to explore other disciplines, like art and political science. Please let me know if you want to talk tech, "why Amherst?", or anything else at crevery16@amherst.edu


Hi there! My name is Amanda Rosenbaum and I'm a Statistics major from New York City. Thanks to the open curriculum, I've taken classes in 14 different departments during my time at Amherst, so feel free to get in touch about any department that interests you! If I don’t know much about it, I can send you in the right direction to learn more! My favorite thing about Amherst is that it's allowed me to leap out of my comfort zone and learn so much about myself and the world. I perform in Amherst Dance (despite my lack of rhythm), Women’s Chorus, and also have a variety of jobs on campus as a Resident Counselor in a first-year dorm, and a student worker for the Office of Public Affairs. Feel free to email me at arosenbaum16@amherst.edu about anything from academics to social life to student employment. I’d love to hear from you!


Hi! My name is Sam Rosenblum and I am a junior from Teaneck, NJ (about 10 minutes from New York City). I am a Political Science major, with a focus in political and critical theory, but I’ve explored over 10 academic departments. I recently returned from spending a semester abroad in Lima, Peru. On campus, besides walking backwards while giving tours, I’ve played trumpet in the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, worked as an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow and was President of the EDU, an education activist think-tank. In my free time, I enjoy going to museums, theorizing the political and eating pad thai. Why do I love Amherst, you ask? Well, where else would you talk about sea monsters in a class about politics? If you have questions, anxieties or epiphanies about Amherst, feel free to email me at srosenblum16@amherst.edu!

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Hi! My name is Julia Rothacker and I am a junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’m majoring in Economics and a major unique to Amherst: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. On campus, I love being part of the Board of Directors for Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS). I became an EMT my first year at Amherst. ACEMS runs 24/7 and we respond to any medical emergency on campus. In addition to ACEMS, I’m treasurer for the Debate Team and I’m a part of the Investments Club, Amherst Women’s Network, lead extra help sessions for the Economics Department, and have dabbled in theater. Definitely email me if you have questions about anything. I love that I have friends at Amherst involved in everything so I can either help or connect you to someone who can. I love emails at  jrothacker16@amherst.edu


Hey! My name is Lindsay Solotar, and I'm a junior at Amherst from New York City. I'm majoring in Math and am definitely taking advantage of Amherst's open curriculum by taking classes in as many departments as I can! Aside from being a tour guide, I am a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring program for local youth, and am the chapter leader for Project Sunshine, a nonprofit that sends activities to and visits children in hospitals. Also, I love talking about anything and everything Amherst, so if you have any questions, concerns, etc., please contact me at lsolotar16@amherst.edu!


 Suzuki.jpgHi, my name is Miu Suzuki! My first name is pronounced like "me" and "you” put together, which is a pickup line I’ll use sometime in the future (I’ll let you know how it goes). I was born and raised in Las Vegas, and at Amherst I am an English and Political Science double major. Besides being a tour guide, I am a Diversity Intern for the Admissions Office, a position where I help coordinate prospective student overnight stays and diversity outreach initiatives. Around the corner of the Admissions Office, I live in a theme house called the Zu, which is the home of many vegetarians and pescetarians (like myself) since we create our own meals. For fun I am the co-chair and choreographer for Dance and Step at Amherst College, a member of the Five College Dance Department, and a volunteer at a local organization called Girls Inc. where we tutor K-6 girls in a neighboring city called Holyoke. Bossa nova, black coffee, crossing things off of lists, and getting lost are a few of my favorite things, and if you have any questions or any good movies, books, or music to recommend, let me know at msuzuki16@amherst.edu!


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Hey, my name is Jonny Yau, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii. I am double majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies, but I am still exploring all the different departments too. Outside of the classroom, I am a coxswain for the crew team, the The Amherst Party (TAP) Chair for the Campus Activities Board, the marketing coordinator for TEDxAmherst, and a Resident Counselor for a first-year dorm. I also play clarinet for the orchestra and tutor at both the local middle and elementary schools. I know it sounds like a lot, but I love getting involved with the Amherst community and activities. In my free time, I love sitting out on the quad enjoying the weather, swimming at the pool during night open swim hours, or Val sitting for 2 hours. If you have any questions about student life or anything, please feel free to email me at jyau16@amherst.edu


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My name is Ike Zhang and I'm junior from Toronto, Canada (representing the great white north)! I am currently a Chemistry and Asian Languages and Civilizations double major. Apart from being an international student, I am also a member of the oldest A Cappella group on campus "The Amherst College DQ", a chemistry department research assistant, a peer tutor and a member of the Faculty Committee for Admissions and Financial Aid. Coming to Amherst is one of the best decisions I've made and I hope you'll let me convince you to do the same! Shoot me an email if you have any questions! izhang16@amherst.edu

 

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