UMass tour guides are a diverse group of students, with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. What they all have in common is their love for UMass! They all enjoy talking to prospective students about why they chose to come here, and all the incredible experiences they've had at UMass. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have about their studies, their activities, and anything else about being a student at UMass: email@example.com
Students with an asterisk* next to their names are Admissions Fellows. Admissions Fellows are senior tour guides who serve as liaisons between the UMass Amherst admissions team and the tour guide staff, providing insight and updates. Fellows also take on a leadership role within our team, and love connecting with prospective students on a personal basis and sharing their passion and enthusiasm for their UMass home.
Esha '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Sharon, Massachusetts
The best part about being a student here is having access to all the different resources UMass can offer, whether they are academic, social, or professional. For me it’s felt like any time I’ve ever thought about trying something new, somehow an opportunity would materialize right in front of me. When I’m not giving tours you can definitely find me at the Learning Commons in our W.E.B. DuBois library or getting the best coffee on campus at People’s Organic in the campus center! Go UMass!!!
Evan '23 (he/him)
Hometown: Cumberland, Rhode Island
I lived on campus in Northeast my first year, and I am currently off campus in an apartment this year. I love it here at UMass and I am excited to be back on campus and taking classes in person as soon as possible.
Julia '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Stow, Massachusetts
Being from Massachusetts, I was determined to not be yet another Massachusetts student attending UMass. But once I took a tour and talked to some of my older friends who already went to UMass, I knew where I wanted to spend my next four years. What makes UMass so special to me is all the amazing students and professors that push you to be your best self every single day. Going to college was scary for me, but UMass makes me feel at home and allowed me to find my place. I started to get involved in clubs that inspired me and mentoring programs where I could help students work through the same hiccups I had being in a STEM major. If you have any questions about clubs, engineering, tour guides or just want to talk, feel free to reach out!
Julia '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Verona, New Jersey
When I was looking at colleges, I did not have a complete picture of what I wanted. I looked at all types of schools--big, small, domestic, international, liberal arts, and STEM. The only thing I knew was that I wanted a school that showed how they really cared about their students and I found that at UMass. From the majors offered, the student clubs to join, and the events UMass organizations put on, I felt that UMass truly cared about the success of their students. UMass has become my home away from home. Go UMass!
Mike '23 (he/him)
Hometown: Somerset, Massachusetts
Double Major: Civil Engineering and Marketing
Activities/ Involvement: Club Rugby, Marketing Club, Brother of Delta Sigma Pi
Favorite UMass Tradition: Halloween steak and lobsters. I remember walking into Hampshire Dining Commons on Halloween in pure amazement, as the dining hall was covered in Harry Potter decorations and the aroma of mouth-watering surf and turf floated down to the entrance.
At first a hesitant commit, I am now a full-blown UMass enthusiast! The seemingly massive campus has allowed me to carve out bubbles that truly make me feel at home. UMass is an amazing place to learn and provides each student with unique opportunities to pursue even their most obscure interests. No matter who you are or where you’re from, UMass has a group or activity that will help you call it home.
Nicholas '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Trumbull, Connecticut
Major: Civil Engineering Minor: Engineering Management
Activities/ Involvement: UMass Men's Club Volleyball Team (Treasurer), Spikeball Club (Member), Intern Assistant for MassDOT FDE project
Favorite Question on Tour: “What is one thing you recommend incoming freshmen do?” Bring a SUIT or some form of business professional attire! You never realize that you may find yourself freshman year days before an interview, event, or another situation where formal attire might be required. It may sound odd to recommend but it will surprise you how useful it can be!
I became a tour guide because I always dreamed of being one the second I stepped onto this campus. As always, Go UMass!!!
Ali '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Halifax, Massachusetts
Major: Theater Minor: Education
Activities and Involvement : Honors College, UMass Theater Guild, UMass Wicked Pitch Acapella, Theater Department Undergraduate Advisory Council
UMass Hidden Gem: UMass has a ton of hidden gems but my favorite has to be the newly renovated Furcolo Hall. While it’s a little bit of a hike from the majority of our academic buildings, it has some of the best classrooms and study areas around. Plus, the cafe makes the best coffee.
Being a student at UMass means being surrounded by excited and passionate people all the time. One of the best things I did as a freshman was join a RAP -- that’s how I met some of my best friends who still inspire me every day. As a first generation student, I relied a lot as a freshman on some of the opportunities like RAPs that UMass offers. The best advice I could give to an incoming student is to not be afraid to reach out and get involved. That way, school will feel like home in no time. Go UMass!!
Danyea '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Major: English Minor: Political Science Certificate: Professional Writing and Technical Communication (PWTC) , specialization in the Study and Practice of Writing (SPOW)
Activities and Involvement: General body member of Student Alumni Association, member of Commonwealth Honors College, Admission Diversity Fellow, Writing Center Tutor, Research Assistant in English department.
Favorite UMass Tradition/Event: My favorite event/tradition at UMass is going to hockey games! Our men’s ice hockey team started improving during my sophomore year, and everyone on campus noticed. Games are free for students to attend, but there’s still limited space in the Mullins Center for the student section. Normally, this isn’t an issue. But at the height of the season in 2018/2019, students were lining up at 4:30 p.m. for games that started at 7, just to guarantee seats! The energy in the Mullins Center is unreal, and it’s such a great way to show UMass pride. They also give away a ton of cool UMass merch – I’ve gotten at least 3 free T-shirts from lining up early for games. It’s such a fun way to kick off the weekend on Friday and Saturday nights.
My advice for prospective students is to consider both student life and academics when considering which college/university to attend – both aspects are so important! When I was looking at different colleges, I wanted a school that had everything from a wide variety of majors and programs to an active student body that participated in clubs, sports, etc. My favorite part about UMass is how involved everyone is, whether it be within their discipline or in extracurricular activities!
Rylander '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Double Major: Philosophy and English
Activities and Involvement: Co-manager at Earthfoods, Member of CHC, former radio DJ at WMUA
Favorite UMass Tradition/Event: My favorite tradition here at UMass is the Steak and Lobster night on Halloween! I remember as a freshman, I didn’t know what was happening and I walked into the dining hall and they were passing out whole lobsters to people! I, of course, had to grab one for myself, and it has since been something my friends and I go get every Halloween!
Hi everyone! My name is Rylander and I am from Jacksonville, Florida, but I have moved around a lot. I’ve also lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Washington DC, and Rhode Island! I’m a senior here at UMass majoring in philosophy and English, but it took me a while to finally decide on those majors! In the four years I’ve been at UMass, I’ve changed my major seven times, so if you have any questions about switching majors or colleges, please feel free to reach out! When I’m not giving tours on campus, I work as a co-manager at one of our student businesses, Earthfoods, where we make tasty vegan and vegetarian meals! I also spend my free time painting, reading, and binge watching Love Island with my roommates.
Hamza '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire
Major: Computer Science; Minor: Arabic Language
Activities and Involvement: Conference and Awards coordinator of the Student Alumni Association, member of the Muslim Students Association, member of the Machine Learning Club, Software Development Intern at Solbid Inc.
Favorite UMass Event: HackUMass! It’s a 36-hour hackathon where you’re trying to build a project and present it at the end. Most people pull all-nighters trying to get a working demo out which creates a fun but safe environment to learn more about technology.
I chose UMass for its rigorous CS program, but I’ve really come to love some of the non-CS courses such as Arabic and linguistics classes. I absolutely love talking to UMass alumni, as they share so many incredible experiences about their time here at UMass, and genuinely want to help current students succeed. My favorite CS course so far has been Computer Crime Law where we covered all statutory and case laws regarding how we use computers today, and my favorite non-CS course has been Moroccan Arabic!
Maahi '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Delhi, India
Double Major: Computer Science and Psychology
Activities and Involvement: Research Assistant - College of Natural Sciences, Delta Kappa Delta Sorority Inc, Google Student Developer Club, Peer Lead - College of Natural Sciences, Tennis Club
UMass Hidden Gem: One of my favorite places to study is the 2nd floor patio of the Life Science Building. It looks out onto campus and has a big deck with chairs. In the spring, the sun shines onto the patio and it’s the perfect place to study with peace and a slight breeze.
I am an international student from India but I have spent most of my life in Phoenix, Arizona. I initially came into UMass as a Psychology major and then in my second semester applied to CICS as a computer science major. I like studying at a large university like UMass because the opportunities are endless.
Varshini '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Major: Computer Science
Activities and Involvement:Association for Women in Science (Treasurer), Society of Women Engineers, UMass Indian Classical Arts Society, Women in Computer Science Club, Cybersecurity Club, South Asian Student Association, Hindu YUVA
Favorite UMass Food: Omelets from omelet bar! Eggs are made-to-order right in front of you. I also like to have it with home fries on the side to make it a proper meal. Try it out, you won’t regret it!
Getting involved is one of my favorite parts about being a student at UMass. Making the large community feel small in your own way is what will make the experience the best it can be. There are truly so many ways to have a good time during your time at UMass, which is why I love being here and I’m thankful for all of these opportunities and memories. The students and faculty members I’ve met here are truly passionate in their fields and love helping others. Best of all, UMass has some awesome views on and off campus in the Amherst area all year long! Go UMass!
Alexis '22 (she/her)
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Major: Psychology Minor: Sociology Certificate: Social Work and Social Welfare
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Special Olympics Young Athletes, Black Student Union
Favorite Question Asked on Tour: My favorite question asked on tour is “Why did you choose UMass?”
As much as I love California, I came to UMass Amherst for a new experience and because I knew I could be me without being put in any boxes. There is no one type of UMass Amherst student and everyone is doing something they are passionate about which initially drew me to UMass Amherst. I have really appreciated the limitless opportunities the university offers whether it be in academics or in personal growth. Although it is a little colder, I have loved all my time at UMass Amherst and it's definitely flying by!
Caroline '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Double Major: Psychology and BDIC in Child Healthcare and Family Studies
Activities and Involvement: Student Alumni Association, UMass For the Kids, CHC Genetics RAP
Favorite UMass Tradition: My favorite UMass tradition is Homecoming weekend. My first year I got to walk in the parade with one of the RSOs I’m in and it was so fun to walk through town with my friends and show our UMass spirit!
I can honestly say that I could not have chosen a better school! I was quite nervous at first because I never pictured myself at a school as big as UMass, but with a big school comes a huge number of wonderful professors and students to meet and learn from, and I’m so happy that I chose UMass! I truly believe that everyone can find a place within the UMass Amherst community. There are so many opportunities for people with all kinds of interests and it’s so easy to feel at home here. Go UMass!
Carter '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Major: Microbiology Minor: Anthropology Certificate: Culture, Health, and Science, Pre-Med
Activities and Involvement: Research Assistant, Resident Assistant, Peer Advisor for the Microbiology department, Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology I and II, volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, Peer Mentor at the Stonewall Center, STEM Ambassadors Program, Commonwealth Honors College
Favorite Tour Stop: My favorite tour spot is the academics stop. I love sharing all of the ways in which you are able to learn at UMass. At UMass, learning does not stop in the classroom. You are able to supplement your learning through free tutoring services, service-learning projects, and research on campus. On campus, I’ve researched grass, rice, tomatoes, and bacteria!
I have experience in an evolutionary genomics lab on campus, assisting a Ph.D. candidate in determining a genomic sequence that codes for seed-dispersal traits in weedy rice. During the summer of 2019, I became a summer scholar for the Center of the Agriculture, Food, and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The primary goal of my research was to elucidate microbial associations that improve plant growth in a model grass species, Brachypodium distachyon. Currently, I work at a private biotechnology company that aims to develop microbe-based therapeutics for the nervous and enteric systems. Beyond research, I enjoy mentoring and building new relationships. I volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County and act as a mentor for my "little brother." On campus, I am a resident assistant for first-year students, a peer advisor for the microbiology major, a teaching assistant for introductory biology I & II, a member of the STEM Ambassadors Program, a peer advisor at the Stonewall Center, and a tour guide for the university.
Charles '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Cranston, Rhode Island
Major: Psychology and Italian Studies Minor: African Studies
Activities and Involvement: Research Assistant for the FAMLab at UMass, Marketing and Health Promotions Chair for Communities Against Cancer, Men’s Ultimate Club B Frisbee Team Member, Outing Club Member, Teaching Assistant for Abnormal Psychology (Psych 380)
What is your favorite tour stop?: Anyone who knows me will tell you that I ADORE the Outreach and Organizations stop. Why? Mostly because I love talking about my kidney infection from my first week here freshman year, and shouting out the one, the only, UHS (University Health Services). This stop also is one of my favorites because it really gives students a gauge of what it’s like to experience a climate/campus full of diversity in many different forms.
Dan '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Raynham, Massachusetts
Double Major: Biochemistry and Psychology (Neuroscience)
Activities and Involvement: Undergraduate research assistant in the Stratton Lab, Relief Foster/Trainer for Diggity Dogs Service Dogs,
Favorite UMass Food: Chicken Chesterfield
Hi, my name is Dan and I’m a biochem student interested in neuroscience. I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, skiing, and taking advantage of all the nature the Pioneer Valley has to offer. My favorite spot on campus is the 23rd floor of the library. I go up there to study but I end up mostly just looking at the view out of the window.
Elise '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Norfolk, Massachusetts
Major: Psychology Minor: Education
Activities and Involvement: Vice President of Internal Operations for UMass Debate Society, Psychology Diversity Committee Mentoring Program
UMass hidden gem: Besides the Design Building being an award-winning sustainable building on campus, it has a hidden gem in it that not many people know about. There is a garden on the roof of the building with tables and chairs making it an awesome place to study and do homework when it's nice out.
I never really wanted to go to UMass because a lot of kids from my high school were going here, and I thought I wanted to be far from home at a small school. Now that I have been here for more than two years I couldn’t imagine or hope for my college experience being anything different. Going to a big school provides me with flexibility to customize my education to what really interests me, allows me to find communities within all of the different things I’m involved in, while doing it at a great financial value.
*Grace '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Major: Pre-Veterinary Sciences
Activities and Involvement: Admissions Fellow, Minute Mover, Research Lab Assistant for the Canine Tumor Project, Teaching Assistant for MicroBio 160, Animal Science 101, and Poultry Management I and II.
Favorite Tour Stop: I absolutely love talking about academics at UMass! It might be a little nerdy of me but I get so excited talking about all the awesome academic opportunities here at UMass and what we have available for students. You can work really closely with your advisor to tailor your major to exactly what it is you want to do after college and make sure you’re taking classes that pertain to things you’re interested in, even if they’re general education requirements. There are so many options, so a lot of our students choose to double major, add a minor, pursue a pre-professional track, or even build your own major through our BDIC program, where you design a major and graduate with a degree in a field you created yourself!
As a senior, I am reaching the end of my time at UMass, and I couldn’t be happier with my college experience so far. UMass really has everything I was looking for in a university, from a wide variety of majors to over 300 clubs and organizations to the fantastic campus pride. The #1 dining is also a huge perk!
James '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Millis, Massachusetts
Double Major: Biology and Environmental Science Certificate: Coastal and Marine Science
Activities and Involvement: American Fisheries Society, Outing Club, Surf Club
UMass Hidden Gem: Durfee Conservatory on a cold winter day. It's a tropical paradise!
I am passionate about environmental conservation and anything related to the ocean. Although UMass isn’t quite coastal, I love western Mass, and hope to help other prospective students feel at home in this school like I do.
Julia '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
Double Major: Food Science and Plant & Soil Sciences
Activities and Involvement: UMass Hydro, Food Science Club
UMass Hidden Gem: One of my favorite spots on campus is The Durfee Conservatory. Although very unassuming on the outside, if you step in, you’ll find a greenhouse brimming with plant life. It’s nice and warm so a great escape from the chilly Massachusetts winter.
One thing I loved about coming to UMass was that I could move to another state. UMass was the perfect distance, not too far and not too close. I originally came in on the exploratory track but ended up taking some awesome general education classes where I learned what I was passionate about. Outside of class I’m a part of the Food Science club and UMass Hydro. It’s awesome to be studying food and go to a school with number one dining. Get a taste of that!
Kolby '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Fall River, Massachusetts
Major: Psychology Minor: Education Certificate: Social Work
Activities and Involvement: Former Resident Assistant, Site Coordinator for Education 497I, Alpha Chi Omega, Safe Passage Volunteer
UMass Hidden Gem: My favorite spot on campus is the grassy hill located between the Central and Orchard Hill residential halls. This area, in my opinion, is the best view of campus. On beautiful, sunny days my friends and I would set up blankets and we would lay in the sun and do homework. Sometimes we would do “family dinner” and have a picnic on the hill and watch the sunset. A lot of my fond memories consist of sitting on the hill and just enjoying the company along with the wonderful view.
When I first toured UMass Amherst, I was told that the DuBois Library was the best 360 view of campus. I took a look for myself and quickly realized this was the school for me! I haven’t regretted my decision since. I’ve made countless happy memories, made lifelong friends, and gained experience that has overall shaped me into the person I am today! Go UMass!
*Lala '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Stoughton, Massachusetts
I’ve had experience with research within the psychology department studying particular cognition in males. I have been a part of a couple leisure dance clubs on campus and enjoyed every one of them. I am also a transfer student, as I transferred to UMass my sophomore year. It was one of the best decisions I made in my college career.
Mary Lou '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Being a student at UMass has been one of the best experiences of my life so far. I have met some amazing people, I get to study two of my favorite things in the world, and I generally love living in western Massachusetts. Something I would like to tell prospective students is that UMass is such a wonderful school, and you take out of it what you put into it. It is not only about finding a community at UMass, but making UMass truly your own. This couldn’t be easier to do, be it through RAPs, clubs, research, the list goes on and on.
Matt '23 (he/him)
Hometown: Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Major: Psychology in Public Health
Activities and Involvement: Sleep neuroscience research lab, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pre-Medical Society, Surf Club, Spikeball Club
Favorite UMass Tradition: Hockey games!!!
I am on the pre-medical track, and in the Commonwealth Honors College. When I am not giving tours I am either working as a research assistant in the sleep neuroscience lab, spending time with my fraternity brothers, or hitting the beach with UMass Surf Club.
Molly '24 (she/her)
Hometown: Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Double Major: Psychology and Public Health
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Students to End Alzheimer's Disease Club, Running Club, the Red Cross Club, and a writer for Spoon University
UMass Hidden Gem: Insomnia cookies PJ night! If you come in your pajamas, you receive a free cookie.
At first, I was really hesitant about attending UMass. I wasn’t sure if it was the best fit and I wanted that feeling of stepping on to a college campus and knowing it was the right place for me. I never had that feeling with UMass, but there is honestly no place I would rather be. Sometimes love for your school is immediate and sometimes it is slow, but I guarantee there is no better place than UMass, I truly could stay here forever! I am most involved in the Students to End Alzheimer’s Disease club and Spoon University. Spoon University is definitely my favorite organization I have joined since being here. If you love food, writing, photography, or marketing in general, definitely feel free to ask me any questions! I am an avid runner so can speak to the awesome scenery around campus and amazing bike paths/rail trails in the surrounding area. I am currently training for my second half marathon, so feel free to reach out with questions about running, Spoon, the Honors College or anything else in between. I absolutely love UMass and can’t wait to meet all of the amazing prospective students!
MP '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi
Double Major: Psychology Neuroscience Track and Biology Minor: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Activities and Involvement: Psychology Department Peer Advisor, UMass Best Buddies, Neuroscience Club, Habitat for Humanity, Psi Chi Honor Society, Commonwealth Honors College
UMass Hidden Gem: My UMass hidden gem is Argo Tea Shop located in the Southwest residential area. Argo Tea has a collection of over 50 different teas, tons of coffee drinks and combos, and -- my favorite -- the chicken pesto panini. Freshman year, 90% of my dining dollars went to Argo because it was my go-to study spot on campus, and right next to my freshman and sophomore year dorms! If you come to UMass, definitely check out Argo, you won’t regret it, and may become addicted!
I am an out-of-state student from Jackson, Mississippi (yeehaw!) but definitely identify as a New Englander (clam chowder > sweet tea). UMass is my favorite place in the world, and I hope you come check out a tour and visit campus, so it can be yours too! UMass has so many amazing things to offer, from the delicious food to the world-renowned research opportunities – there will always be something for you to explore at UMass. More than all of the incredible opportunities, the UMass community has made me feel as though I am a part of something much bigger than myself, and every day I am so thankful for being given the opportunity to meet and interact with so many inspiring people. Go UMass!
Naicha '24 (she/her)
Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts
Major: Psychology Neuroscience Track
Activities and Involvement:STEM Ambassador Program
Favorite UMass Event: UMass Blackout Cookout is a great way for different, diverse communities to come together and showcase cultural dances, songs, foods, etc. and celebrate heritage and each other’s uniqueness on a bigger scale.
My name is Naicha, but people call me Nai for short. I am a first-year psychology major on the neuroscience track looking to add on a criminal justice certificate. I am a part of StemAP, which is a great way to get connected to students with like-minded interest, and learn more about the opportunities to be taken advantage of after college. In my free time, I love to listen to music, edit videos for fun, and I am currently working on knitting a queen size blanket (lol)!
Patrick '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Stoneham, Massachusetts
Double Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Political Science
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Research, Outing and Adventuring Club
Favorite Question on Tour: “What is your favorite food at the dining hall?” Absolutely everything but if I had to choose it is the custom pancake bar where I can put in any toppings I want and have someone make pancakes for me!
As someone whose entire family went to UMass, I was so against the idea of coming here until I stepped foot on campus. Then I realized why so many people go here! Everyone can find their own group here and have an equally amazing but unique experience at UMass. I am lucky for all the opportunities UMass has given me and the memories I have so far! Go UMass!
Phil '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Princeton, Massachusetts
Major: Math; Concentration in Teaching
Activities and Involvement: Club Tennis (B TEAM represent!), Outing Club
UMass Hidden Gem: The field behind Sylvan. Freshman year my friends and I would go there for sunsets or to play spikeball/kanjam. It’s a beautiful field and there’s a big tree with a swing and we would set up our hammocks on the branches. We call it “Duck Pond”, but there are neither ducks nor a pond. It’s very quiet because it’s a bit of a walk from anywhere except Sylvan.
I transferred to UMass halfway through my freshman year and love being out in Amherst! One of my favorite things about UMass is the hockey games. I love waiting in line outside the Mullins Center hours before the games start to make sure we get good seats in the student section right near the amazing Ice Band. I know it’s very cliche to hear when talking about college, but after going to a small school prior to transferring to UMass, this saying has really stuck with me; you can make a big school feel small but you can’t make a small school feel big. Go UMass!
Sydney '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Bethpage, New York
Being an out-of-state student (shout out Long Island!), I was worried about meeting new people, but once I got here it was almost impossible not to! From the endless clubs available to join, to the RAs working to make sure everyone on the floor is well acquainted with one another, to all the available student jobs (such as the tour guides – best job on campus), there are plenty of opportunities to meet others within our diverse UMass community! Go UMass!
Tasneem '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Monroe, New Jersey
I’m on the pre-med track and my goal is to complete a MD/JD dual degree after undergrad. As an out-of-state student, I was definitely worried about not being able to adjust on campus, but UMass has given me so many opportunities, academically and socially, and I always say that coming here was the best decision I have ever made! Go UMass!!
Tommy '23 (he/him)
Hometown: Beverly, Massachusetts
Will '22 (he/him)
Hometown: Westwood, Massachusetts
Major: Psychology Minor: Sociology Certificate: Criminal Justice
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Research Lab, Neuroscience Club
Favorite UMass Food: Pork dumplings at Hamp
I actually transferred to UMass during my first year and I have loved every second of my time here at UMass and being a student in this awesome area. Outside of my major I have participated in some really fun clubs, I’m a member of the Honors College, and I have also participated in research in the Psychology department. Here at UMass, you will have an unparalleled ability to customize your education and your experience that will make for an unforgettable four years. Go UMass!
Zoe '23 (she/hers)
Hometown: Hopewell Junction, New York
Major: Math with a concentration in Education Minor: Political Science
Activities and Involvement: Marching Band, Greek Life, Hoop/Ice Band, Residential Assistant, Hillel
Favorite UMass Food: The sushi is amazing and unlimited! Of course all of the food is incredible (number 1 dining
in the country for the past five years!)
My favorite thing about UMass is that it has allowed me to do everything and anything I am passionate about. Not only am I getting a great education in math, but I am also getting to learn about an area of interest in political science and continue my passion for music through the Marching Band and other music ensembles. I also love being an RA, which helps me connect with first-year students and make their first year the best it can be. UMass is the place for EVERYONE and I cannot wait for you to see how much we have to offer you!
Isabella '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Major: Nursing; Certificate in Spanish & Health
Activities and Involvement: Greek Life (Chi Omega), For the Kids, Student Nurses' Association
UMass Hidden Gem: My UMass hidden gem is the Durfee Conservatory, right in the heart of campus. While walking between classes in the winter, I would stop by the greenhouse to warm up and enjoy the little jungle tucked away near the Franklin Dining Commons.
Although I may be far from home, UMass Amherst really is the most amazing home away from home! It is easy to make UMass feel small by getting involved in the various communities within the school, while also maintaining the school pride and camaraderie of a big school. Oh...and the food is crazy good.
Jennifer '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Activities and Involvement: Member of the Commonwealth Honors College, President Elect of the Student Nurse Association, UMass Ski & Board Club, Intramural Volleyball & Field Hockey, Genetics RAP
Favorite UMass Food: Eggplant and quinoa parmesan from Hampshire dining hall!...Trust me, it’s delicious.
Being from Western Mass, I know the feeling of going to school close to home, but I feel like I am in my own bubble up in Amherst. I love going to school in an area populated by students from four other colleges, there's an endless supply of people to meet! When I'm not on tour you can find me painting, watching Spanish dramas, or finding ANY reason to go out and dance. Go UMass!
Lizzie '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Long Beach, New York
Activities and involvement: Student Nurses Association (President), College of Nursing Ambassador, Students to end Alzheimer’s Disease Club
Favorite UMass Food: Sunday brunch @ Berk!! I cannot speak highly enough about our dining on campus (#1 in the country in case you haven’t heard), and my favorite dining experience is by far brunch on Sunday at Berkshire dining commons. My go-to meal is always an omelet from the omelet bar with a side of fries! It was always such a fun time having a meal with my friends to end the weekend, and I definitely miss the dining halls now that I live off campus!
I would recommend UMass to anyone who asks because it really is a school that has something for every type of person. There are so many opportunities in the classroom as well as with extracurriculars, and you’re guaranteed to find something you love! When I first toured UMass, it was the coldest day of the winter in February, but I still absolutely loved every minute of it! I am so happy with my choice to come here, and I hope to see you on campus too! Go UMass!!
Ella '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Major: Journalism Minors: Political Science, Sustainable Community Development
Activities and Involvement: The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, Women's Club Volleyball Team
Favorite UMass Tradition/Event: Before I came to UMass, I had never been to a hockey game. Now, game nights reign supreme! The atmosphere (and ice cream) in Mullins can’t be beat and usually neither can we!
As someone with a hometown across the country from Amherst, the decision to come to UMass was not an easy one. I entered UMass an exploratory student worried about never finding a major in the vastness of the school… and I can say with great confidence that it is because of such vastness that I have not only found a major, but a passion for what I study! Due to the course and major flexibility, the immense amount of student resources, and the extensive opportunities for student engagement, I found a home (super far) away from home. UMass is a game-changer, and I cannot imagine myself anywhere else.
Farah '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Bellingham, Massachusetts
Major: Political Science Minor: Arabic
Activities and Involvement: Tour guide, SBS (Social and Behavioral Sciences) in DC Internship Program Fellow, Teaching Assistant for SBS First-Year Seminars, Former Resident Assistant, UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) 2019 fellow, Member of UWiL Alumni Board, Former New Students Orientation leader, SBS in DC 2019 Cohort, Virtual Student Federal Service Intern for the State Department
Favorite UMass Food: My favorite food is the salmon sliders from the Hampshire dining commons. The sliders are SO good on a bun or on a salad. Delicious!!
When I was applying to colleges, UMass was initially not high on my radar, but my tour really gave me the cliche feeling that it would become home one day. Now, four years later as a senior, I can attest to the fact that the support, community, opportunities (in academics and outside of it) here are unparalleled. UMass has easily become my home, despite how big it might feel at first, and I hope you come to love it too! Good luck!!
Isabelle '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Harvard, Massachusetts
Double Major: Communication, and BDIC in ‘Global Marketing’ and International Scholars Certificate
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Study Abroad (Florence, Italy), International Scholars Program, Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Favorite Tour Stop: Commonwealth Honors College. I love sharing ways to make UMass feel like home, and finding smaller communities within the university is the best way to start this process. The Honors College has been an important part of my college experience, from my decision to attend, to navigating freshman year, to my most inspiring academic pursuits. CHC is a great example of the opportunities UMass has to offer and I love sharing my experience with this community.
Since entering UMass with almost no idea what I wanted to study, it has been a pleasure to explore the options UMass has to offer and find my niche. As an in-state student, I love the sense of pride for Massachusetts that is fostered here, and am proud to be entering such a well rounded alumni network. Go UMass!
Jeff '21 (he/him)
Hometown: Holliston, Massachusetts
Major: Legal Studies Minor: Political Science
Activities and Involvement: Ski and Board Club, Food Recovery Network, JStreet UMass, Hillel.
Favorite Question Asked on Tour: “Are all UMass students really so engaged and involved?”
I entered college afraid that I would never find my passion. This is the beauty of UMass; this vibrant and engaged community provides each student with ample space to grow and explore thanks to an abundance of resources and opportunities to get involved on campus. My interest in politics gradually grew into a passion for public policy, and I am now pursuing a career in the field of policy analysis and research!
Abby '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Marshfield, Massachusetts
Major: Finance Minor: IT
Activities and Involvement:CEO of Smart Woman Securities, High Yield Analyst in the Minutemen Fixed Income Fund, Investment Club
Outside from being a tour guide I am involved with multiple finance organizations, have participated in research, and am a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. I knew UMass was the school for me because there were so many opportunities to get involved and meet new people.
Brianna '23 (she/her)
Activities and Involvement:Secretary of Women in Sport Management, Residential Assistant
Favorite UMass Food: Avocado and cucumber sushi (top 5 sushi in Massachusetts)!
I am a sophomore marketing major looking to double major with sport management and minor in African-American studies. UMass quickly opened by eyes to things I am passionate about, ranging from diversity and inclusion to sports fan engagement. Through joining a Residential Academic Program my first year and connecting with other students at club events, I was able to find my footing and make a home at UMass. It seems like almost every day UMass offers a new opportunity to expand your future.
Caitlin '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Foxboro, Massachusetts
Double Major: Marketing and BDIC: Arts Education Certificate: Business Data Analytics
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Social Entrepreneurship Club (President), Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Entrepreneurship Club, Women in Business, Tour Guide
Favorite food at one of the Dining Commons: I love going to late night at Berk (Berkshire dining hall is always open until midnight for late night dining), especially on Wednesdays for Pancake Bar. They have so many fun toppings and make them on the grill right in front of you. My roommates and I never miss it!
I love traveling, performing arts, and using business to make a positive impact. Last spring I had an amazing experience doing a semester domestic exchange at the University of Hawaii. This year in lieu of online classes I’m doing two full time co-op semesters at Akamai Technologies - Isenberg has a great program to help you do this! I chose UMass for many reasons, and am so thankful that I did. As an indecisive 18-year-old, I knew that at UMass I would have options for any major or extracurricular I was interested in, and throughout the past couple years I’ve loved getting the chance to immerse myself in so many different communities at UMass. Whether it’s getting lunch with sorority sisters, going on a sunrise hike with fellow tour guides, attending a pitch competition with the Entrepreneurship Center, or going to see a student comedy show with my roommates, there’s always something to do on campus!
Chris '24 (he/him)
Hometown: Winthrop, Massachusetts
Major: Business Exploratory Track
I chose UMass because I knew I wanted to attend a large school that was also affordable for my family. Although I wasn’t completely sure about UMass at first, after going on a tour of the campus with an incredible tour guide, I was sold not only on the school but on the tour guide position as well! The campus was so lively, and our incredible dining certainly sold my family and me on the school.
Fayobomi '24 (she/her)
Hometown: Ondo, Nigeria
Double Major: Undeclared Business, Communications
Activities and Involvement: Student Government, HerCampus, SoulTV, Marketing Club, PR Club, Women in Business
I chose UMass because I always knew I wanted to go to a big school, I knew I would feel good knowing I would get to see different faces each day, and the fact that I was going to have so many opportunities to get involved and really understand who I truly was. Being here at UMass was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Being an international student is honestly not the easiest thing, but I found a community that I loved, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Your college experience is what you make it and it’s okay if everyone has different experiences; you just have to do you and I promise everything will turn out good. If you ever have any questions or want to have a listen to my afrobeat playlist, let me know!
Jariah '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Accounting; Minor: Spanish
Activities and Involvement: Isenberg Diversity & Inclusion Student Council, Beta Alpha Psi, Cru, Advancement of Diversity in Busines
Favorite UMass Food: Definitely the ramen! Always fresh and delicious.
Every second that I’ve been at UMass has been exciting! The friendships, clubs, FOOD, and endless opportunities have opened my eyes. Coming from across the country was difficult at first, but I’ve been able to navigate my different interests and find my place on campus.
*Jean-Baptiste (JB) '21 (he/him)
Hometown: Danvers, Massachusetts
Double Major: Marketing and Legal Studies
Activities and Involvement: President of Birch/Maple House Council, Residential Assistant, Member of the Entrepreneurship Club, Hot Chocolate Run Community Service, Intramural Soccer
Favorite UMass Food: Sushi!
I’m a junior in the Commonwealth Honors college looking to graduate in three years with a dual degree in Marketing and Legal Studies. What I love most about UMass is the number of opportunities you have, related and unrelated, to your academic focus. Throughout my years at the university, I had the chance to intern for one company as a sales representative and work as a marketing consultant for another. Both experiences gave me great insight into what I want to do with my career. But at the same time, I had the chance to look at the stars through UMass’s observatory and participate in various psychology labs, simply for the sake of trying something new and having fun. There are so many amazing resources for all students to take advantage of at UMass and my best recommendation is for you to make the most of as many as you can.
Jillian '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts
Double Major: Marketing and Psychology
Activities and Involvement: Marketing Club, Women in Business, Resident Assistant, and intramural sports
Favorite UMass Tradition: My favorite UMass tradition is the lobster and steak that we get on Halloween night. Lobster is one of my favorite foods, so this night is honestly the best. Also, a little advice since you can only get one lobster, have a lot of vegan and vegetarian friends, so that you can get their tickets and get even more lobster.
I’m from Lexington, MA, which is just outside of Boston and about an hour and a half away from campus. Besides being a part of a few clubs on campus and making intramural sports teams with my friends, I love to read, binge watch TV shows, and bake. Being at UMass is never a dull moment with all of its different classes, organizations, and activities. I have met so many great people while studying here and I can’t wait for my next few years ahead of me.
Kyle '24 (he/him)
Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts
Major: Hospitality & Tourism Management
Activities and Involvement: Isenberg Marketing Club
UMass was never really on my radar until I began researching good business schools around my junior year. I had always wanted to leave New England for college, but when I eventually came to visit some older friends of mine on the UMass campus, I just got a gut feeling that Umass was made for me. From the amazing campus, the even more amazing food, the social scene, the D1 athletics, and not to mention the great business program, UMass has everything I ever wanted in a college experience and more.
Lara '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts
Double Major: Marketing and Political Science
Activities and Involvement: Women in Business Blog Chair, UMass Brazilian-American Student Alliance (BrASA) Liaison, Admissions Diversity Fellow
Favorite Tour Stop: My favorite tour stop is the library! There is so much to talk about and it always causes jaws to drop when you say how many floors there are. All of the floors are so unique and there is always something for everyone! This also tends to be where you hear “Go UMass!” from passing students.
During my college search I knew business was the field I was looking to go into but I wanted to go somewhere that I would have opportunities beyond business. UMass was a great match and I was able to find my community quickly through my RAP and the clubs I joined my first year at UMass!
Laura '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Wayne, New Jersey
Major: Marketing Minor: Psychology
Activities and Involvement: Women in Business, Isenberg Marketing Club, Habitat for Humanity
Favorite Tour Stop: Study Away/Study Abroad stop, because UMass has so many opportunities from the 5 College Consortium to studying in all seven continents with over 400 international programs. I personally am really interested in studying abroad and knowing that UMass has so many opportunities is one of the many reasons I came here.
Hi!! My name is Laura Balinski, and I am marketing major with a psychology minor. Like most college students I changed my major, so I came into UMass Amherst as an Economics major and later transferred my sophomore year into the Isenberg School of Management. Being from New Jersey I can still say that UMass has truly become my second home. Go UMass!
Marie '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Medway, Massachusetts
Double Major: Operations & Information Management and Public Health; Minor: Psychology
Activities and Involvement: UMass Ski & Board Club, Isenberg Honors Council, Thriving in Life RAP
UMass Hidden Gem: Whitmore Cafe in the Whitmore Administration building has the BEST make-your-own salads and wraps.
I’m the 13th member of my family and one of 23 members of my high school graduating class to come to UMass. I was worried that I was following in their footsteps, but UMass has so many opportunities that every single student has a totally unique experience. I am loving my time at UMass and couldn’t be happier about the people I’ve met, the classes I’ve taken, and all the activities I’ve participated in.
Meghan '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Simsbury, Connecticut
Major: Operations and Information Management Major; Data Analytics Certificate
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Study Abroad (Dublin, Ireland), Teaching Assistant, Intramural Sports Official, World Librarians Project
Favorite Tour Stop: Dining!! In case you haven’t heard, we are #1 dining 5 years running according to the Princeton review, no big deal. I have celiac disease and cannot eat gluten so I can say firsthand all the dining is super allergen aware (vegan, vegetarian, dairy, kosher, etc). For example, I can even get made-to-order pizza, waffles, and more!
When I’m not giving tours, I’m also involved in a super interesting project called World Librarians where we research open educational resources requested from schools/libraries in Malawi and Kenya, who do not have access to the internet, then send the research back to them. I am also a teaching assistant on campus and studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, which I will never stop talking about because it was amazing! Other hobbies include hiking/exploring new places, currently learning how to cook (shrimp scampi is my newest achievement), and finding the best restaurants in the area. Go UMass!!
Vanessa '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Somerset, Massachusetts
Major: Finance; Certificates: Business Data Analytics, Real Estate
Activities and Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi, Special Olympics, Smart Women's Securities
Favorite UMass Food: My favorite food at the dining commons is the stir fry! It is always my go-to and definitely worth any wait in line. Nothing compares.
In my free time I love taking walks in the Amherst area and listening to true crime podcasts (Crime Junkie is my favorite). UMass has quickly become my favorite place to be because of the great food, academics, extracurriculars, and, of course, the people! Go UMass!
Ally '24 (she/her)
Hometown: Boxborough, Massachusetts
Double Major: Kinesiology and Public Health (Pre-Medical)
Activities and Involvement: UMass CHAARG, Pre-Medical Society, Pre-PA Club, Kinesiology Club, Public Health Club
I chose UMass Amherst because it is the best of both worlds. Here I am able to create my own small-school feel while also being part of a larger community at a world-class university. There are so many resources available to me as a student, and every faculty member I have come across is supportive and wants me to succeed. I switched majors three times in just one semester, and UMass made that process seamless and easy, allowing me to explore my interests and learn from other perspectives. I could go on and on about how much I love UMass, so if you have any questions, I would love to talk to you!
Audrey '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Peabody, Massachusetts, and Palayan, Phillipines
Double Major: Public Health and Microbiology (Pre-Med Track); Minor: Chemistry; Certificate: Civic Engagement & Service Learning
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Student Government Association, Integrated Concentrations of Natural Sciences program, University Women in Leadership, Racial Justice Coalition
UMass Hidden Gem: Two amazing study places: the alcoves in the ISB and South College! If you get your own nook in the alcoves on a snowy day, even your orgo homework doesn’t seem that bad anymore.
As a first-generation immigrant and college student, applying to schools was a whole different world to me. I always thought it was so cliché when people would tell me “you end up where you need to be.” I could not be happier that I chose UMass and found my place in such an amazing academic community! The opportunities are endless within my major and whether I am in class or attending a lecture series, I feel inspired to contribute to the innovative solutions that UMass students pioneer. But when it’s time to put work aside, there is no shortage of ways to have fun. From bustling farmers markets to underground home shows, spirited game days to cozy bonfire nights, UMass is the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Brian '23 (he/him)
Hometown: Merion Station, Pennsylvania
Major: Kinesiology on Pre-Athletic Training Track; Minor: Psychology
Activities and Involvement: Club Gymnastics, UMass Dance Company, Student Panelist for Diversity in School of Public Health & Health Sciences
Favorite UMass Tradition/Event: I love Homecoming weekend! There are a bunch of activities and events around campus set up and it is so exciting to see all the alumni return and tailgating and see how happy everyone is to be at UMass.
I’m originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia and even though leaving was a bit scary, I could not have been happier once I got onto campus. Outside of academics I love gymnastics/dance, listening to music, hiking, and eating the #1 dining with friends. I’m always glad to answer any questions about kinesiology, clubs, being an out-of-state-student, or even just a friendly face on campus!
Deborah '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Major: Public Health, Pre-PA Track
Activities and Involvement: African Students Association (Cultural Liaison), Brothers And Sisters In Christ (Event Coordinator), SPHHS Head Career Ambassador, PUBHLTH 160: My Body My Health (Teaching Assistant)
Favorite UMass Food: One word: Omelets. Because of UMASS, I can now consider myself an omelet connoisseur. No, seriously! Within each dining hall students have the option of getting an omelet at the omelet bar every morning 7 days a week. Sometimes there’s a day where the station stays for most of the day and it is the best feeling walking in a dining hall after class and still seeing them there! Easily out of the vast variety of options at this university, the omelet bar is definitely TOP tier.
Transferring here was the best decision I’ve made because UMass is filled with opportunities. Choosing a university or a “second home” can be difficult but knowing that home has the resources and opportunities for you to succeed makes it truly worthwhile!
*Jyotika '21 (she/her)
Hometown: North Grafton, Massachusetts
Major: Public Health, Pre-Medical Track; 4+1 MPH student Concentration: Health Policy and Management
Activities and Involvement : Tour Guide, Admissions Fellow, Research Assistant in the Oxygen and Muscle Metabolism Lab, Secretary for the Association for Women In Science, Contact Tracer with the UMass Amherst Public Health Promotion Center, former First-Year Resident Assistant
UMass Hidden Gem: The rooftop garden on the Olver Design Building is spectacular! Great place to catch up on some work or have lunch with a view. Really homey while also seeming like a bit of an escape!
Hey everyone! My name is Jyotika and I am a senior public health major on the pre-medical track here at UMass! I am also a first-year grad student in the 4+1 MPH program with a concentration in health policy & management. Fun fact, I didn’t even know this program was available for me to take advantage of when I applied to UMass! There are so many opportunities here that you only begin to scratch the surface of when you are looking into the school as an incoming freshman. I vividly remember when my advisor had proposed this degree as a potential route for me when I was a sophomore. I wasn’t sure at first but it was definitely a great opportunity once I looked into it. The best part is that UMass offers 4+1 programs in a variety of other programs on campus as well so look into those if you are interested as well! This is just one of the many examples of different kinds of programs curated to help students along in their career aspirations here at UMass Amherst. Hope to see you all on campus!
Kaylyn '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Lunenburg, Massachusetts
Major: Nutrition, Dietetics Track Minor: Psychology
Activities and Involvement: UMass Nutrition Association (Secretary), CHAARG (Small Group Leader), Education Club, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Diggity Dogs (part-time trainer)
Favorite UMass Food: Freshly ground peanut butter right from the machine...nothing compares!
Hi, I’m Kaylyn! I’m a sophomore nutrition major on the dietetics track and a psychology minor with plans to become a registered dietitian with potential specialties in eating disorders, sports nutrition, gastroenterology, and/or pediatric nutrition (the possibilities are endless at this point). My hobbies include eating peanut butter out of the jar, getting lost on hikes (shout out to Robert Frost trail in Amherst), and taking pictures of my cats and dogs. I’ve also always wanted to be a high school science or health teacher.
Niamh '22 (she/hers)
Hometown: Red Bank, New Jersey
Major: Communication Disorders Minor: Psychology
Activities and Involvement: Member of the National Speech Language and Hearing Association, Teaching Assistant, Intramural basketball
Favorite UMass Food: The buffalo chicken wrap from Hampshire dining commons! Every item of food UMass offers is beyond delicious, but the buffalo chicken wrap certainly has my heart.
I transferred to UMass my sophomore year, and my decision to transfer to UMass Amherst is easily the best decision I have ever made. What I love the most about UMass is that while every student is different and unique in their own magical way, there is an underlying common denominator amongst all of us, and that is our passion to take advantage of every amazing thing UMass has to offer. Every student I have met has been involved on campus in some shape, way or form -- whether that is being a member of a club, participating in sports, participating in research, having a job on campus (such as in the library or dining halls or being a tour guide!!!) and so much more. I believe that the involvement of students in so many different aspects of campus life really says a lot about what kind of students UMass Amherst attracts (hint: the best of the best!!). Go UMass!
Rylee '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Nashua, New Hampshire
Double Major: Communication Disorders and Public Health, Pre-med track
Activities and Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega Exec, UMass For the Kids Exec, NSO leader, Project Connect Facilitator, CHAARG
Favorite Tour Stop: My favorite tour stop is academics! I love hearing about the academic interests of everyone on my tour, and I also love bragging about our wide range of majors and super cool BDIC program!
I am a junior double majoring in communication disorders and public health, and am also on the pre-med track! The lifetime goal is to become a licensed physician, the short term goal is simply to get into medical school! Though I am an out of state student, as well as a transfer coming here second semester freshman year, UMass quickly became my home. I’ve met some of my best friends through classes, clubs, and even through my jobs! Go UMass!