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.
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.
Julia Burke '23 (she/her)
Hometown: Verona, New Jersey
Major: Biomedical Engineering, on the Pre-med track
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Club Water Polo, Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity), Society of Women Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Animal Science Club, House Council, Honors Contemporary Issues RAP
UMass Hidden Gem: Rausch Mineral Gallery in the Morrill Science Center is definitely a hidden gem on campus (pun intended). It’s a really great place to stop by between classes, or to go see with friends. There are tons of cool minerals, rocks, and fossils to look at!
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. Please reach out if you have any questions: email@example.com. Go UMass!
Nicholas Johnson '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. If you would like to talk about anything in terms of my academics or involvement please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, Go UMass!!!
Esha Uddin '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Sharon, Massachusetts
Major: Biomedical Engineering Minor: Engineering Management
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Engineers Without Borders (Social Chair), SASA, Research in a Tissue Engineering Lab, College of Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
Favorite UMass Tradition/Event: Hockey Games!! One of my favorite parts of UMass is getting to be a part of so many different small communities on campus, but hockey games remind me why I love going to a big school! The energy and enthusiasm in the student section is infectious and really ties together the campus community.
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! If you want to reach out about anything at all you can reach me at email@example.com. Go UMass!!!
Ali Farina '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. If I can be a resource like that, I’d be happy to! Feel free to email me with any questions or just to talk about college: firstname.lastname@example.org. Go UMass!!
Rylander Handford '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. If you have any questions about UMass, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
Danyea West '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! If you ever want to reach out and ask me questions about my major or any extracurriculars that I’m involved in, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamza Shahzad '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! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at email@example.com.
Phil Baird '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. I would love to talk to you about UMass so feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go UMass!
Matt Bird '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.
Patrick Cann '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! I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to reach me at email@example.com! Go UMass!
Will Danforth '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. If you have questions about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Go UMass!
Dan Flaherty '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. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to me at email@example.com.
Tommy George '23 (he/him)
Hometown: Beverly, Massachusetts
Double Major: Psychology and Sociology Certificate: Social Work and Social Welfare
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, the Stonewall Center, Active Minds
Favorite UMass Food: UMass’ vegetarian/vegan dining section at each of the dining halls offers tons of delicious options, but my absolute favorite has to be the falafel at Hampshire Dining Commons.
Besides being a lovely tour guide I am a member of the Commonwealth Honors College, partaken in programming in the Stonewall Center, and have been a part of a club called Active Minds. If you have any questions at all about anything I talked about above, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elise Greene '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.
Mary Lou Henry '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Double Major: Biology and Theatre
Activities and Involvement: Captain of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee B Team
UMass Hidden Gem: My favorite “hidden gem” that UMass has is the bubbled field. Okay so maybe this gem isn’t very hidden, it is actually quite large, but it is not a very common place for students to go. It is an excellent place to get ultimate practice in the winter time. I have very fond memories of team bonding in the bubble, and I am so excited to practice there again (hopefully) soon.
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. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, you can contact me at email@example.com.
MP Hester '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. I could boast about UMass all day, but if you have any questions, or just want to reach out, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Go UMass!
Carter Hissam '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.
Sydney Leary '22 (she/her)
Hometown: Bethpage, New York
Major: Pre-Veterinary Science
Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Teaching Assistant, Pre-Veterinary Science club, Research: Alpaca and Donkey Reproduction
Favorite UMass Food: With #1 dining it’s hard to choose just one thing, but I would say stir fry from the newly renovated Worcester Dining Commons!
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! If you have any out-of-state, major, or general student-experience related questions, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com. Go UMass!
*Grace McBrien '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! If you have any questions about UMass or about the animal science or pre-veterinary science majors, don’t hesitate to reach out! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexis Minnis '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! I would love to answer any questions you may have! You can reach me at email@example.com.
Zoe Peritz '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!
Charles Pisaturo III '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.
Hi y’all! I’m Charles Pisaturo III (but feel free to address me as Charles, because that’s kind of a mouthful!). I am currently pursuing a double major in Psychology and Italian Studies here, as well as a minor in African Studies. That being said, if you have any questions concerning these majors/minors, feel free to get a hold of me through my email (firstname.lastname@example.org)! I also love talking about research and the vast amount of research/co-op/internship opportunities UMass Amherst has to offer, so feel free to email me if you want to chat about that too!
*Lala Robinson '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. So if you all have any questions regarding anything UMass feel free to reach out email@example.com.
James Schultze '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.
Kolby Silva '21 (she/her)
Hometown: Fall River, MA
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! Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go UMass!
Jennifer Kovarik '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. Feel free to reach out with any questions about nursing, student life, or UMass in general! My email is Jkovarik@umass.edu. Go UMass!
Lizzie Liguori '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! Feel free to reach out with any questions about my major/experience as a student: email@example.com. Go UMass!!
Jeff Meyers '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!
Isabelle Quinn '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. If you have any further questions I may be able to answer, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. GO UMass!
Farah Sabir '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! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com. Good luck!!
Laura Balinski '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. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Go UMass!
Caitlin Brightman '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! If you have any questions about domestic exchange, co-ops, Isenberg, BDIC, or literally anything else don’t hesitate to reach out at email@example.com!
Meghan Cross '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. If you have any questions at all or want to know more about my major or activities please do not hesitate to reach out. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Go UMass!!
Jillian Dimmock '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. If you have any questions about marketing or psychology or anything in general, feel free to reach out to my email email@example.com.
*Jean-Baptiste (JB) Goriou '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. If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Marie McCormick '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. Reach out to me at email@example.com if I can answer any questions you may have!
Lara Pereira '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!
Abby Varney '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. Feel free to reach out with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah Boateng '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! If you wanted to chop it up about omelets, academics, or my own experience, feel free to reach out at email@example.com!
Kaylyn Carlucci '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, so if you have any questions about the nutrition major or education, don’t hesitate to reach out! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niamh Howlett '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!!). If you have any questions about anything I’m involved with on campus or going through the transfer process or anything else at all, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Go UMass!
Rylee Marchand '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! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, please feel free to reach out and ask questions (one of my favorite things to do is answer questions from you!!) Go UMass!
*Jyotika Vallurupalli '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, if you have any other questions feel free to reach out: email@example.com!