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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 

Favorite food at one of the dining commons: Shrimp sushi rolls at Berk 

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. 

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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!

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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!!

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Ally '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Boxborough, Massachusetts

Double Major: Kinesiology and Public Health (Pre-Medical)

Activities and Involvement:  UMass CHAARG, Pre-Medical Society, Behavioral Medicine Lab, Kinesiology Club, Public Health Club

What is your favorite tour stop?: My favorite tour stop is the Dining stop in front of the Worcester Dining Commons. I love seeing prospective students get excited about trying our #1 dining, and I like to see how shocked they are when I tell them that we have 52 dining locations across campus (they usually only guess about 7 or 8). Also, it is awesome to be able to reassure people that even with a food allergy or dietary restriction they will be more than happy here at UMass. The gluten free chocolate chip cookies are the best cookie ever... please don't tell my Mom. 

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! 

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Audrey '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Peabody, Massachusetts, and Palayan, Philippines

Double Major: Public Health and Microbiology, Pre-Medical Track

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. 
 

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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, Vice President & Social Media Chair for Club Gymnastics, Research Assistant in MOCA Kinesiology Lab  

Favorite UMass tradition: 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!

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Brianna '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Major: Marketing

Favorite food at one of the dining commons: Avocado and cucumber sushi

UMass quickly opened my eyes to things I am passionate about ranging from diversity and inclusion to sports fan engagement. Through joining a RAP 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.

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Caitlin '22 (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Foxboro, Massachusetts

Double Major: Marketing and BDIC: Arts Education; Certificate: Business Data Analytics

Activities and Involvement: Social Entrepreneurship Club (President), Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Entrepreneurship Club, Women in Business, Tour Guide, Commonwealth Honors College

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! 

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Caroline '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Double Major: Psychology and BDIC in Child Healthcare and Family Studies

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! 
 

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Charles '22 (he/his/him)

Hometown​: Cranston, Rhode Island

Double 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’sUltimate Club B Frisbee Team Member, Outing Club Member, Teaching Assistant for Abnormal Psychology (Psych 380)

What is your favorite tour stop? ​Outreach and Organizations Stop. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I ADORE this 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 life with diversity in many different forms.

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Chris '24 (he/him)

Hometown: Winthrop, Massachusetts

Major: Finance

Why did you choose UMass?: I chose UMass because I knew I wanted to attend a large school that was also affordable for my family and me. 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 the tour guide position as well! The campus was so lively, and our incredible dining certainly sold my family and me on the school. 

I started my UMass experience virtually. The university has done a great job trying to integrate new students with each other and the school itself, but it's great to now  be in Western Massachusetts and experience even more of what UMass has to offer.

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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 food at the dining commons: Chicken Chesterfield

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. 

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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.

Tour Guide Ella

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.

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Emily '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Majors: Community Education, Spanish

I knew UMass was the school for me when I went on my older brother’s tour when I was only a freshman in high school. I just fell in love with the people, the campus, and the overall atmosphere. I started my first year of college during a global pandemic and I was still able to have an amazing first semester. UMass truly cares for their students and they still provided me with every opportunity during the strange time. Just another reason why UMass is the best!

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Emily '22 (she/her)

Hometown: Milford, Massachusetts

Double Major: Special Education and Spanish Certificate: Developmental Disabilities and Human Services 

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Esha '22 (she/her/hers)

Hometown: ​Sharon, Massachusetts

Major/Minor/Certificate: ​Biomedical Engineering; Minor: Engineering Management

Activities and Involvement: ​Engineers Without Borders (Social Chair), SASA, Research in a Tissue Engineering Lab, College of Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team

Favorite UMass 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 a vanilla chai at People's Market, our student-run bagel shop!

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Evan '23 (he/him)

Hometown: Cumberland, Rhode Island

Major: Biomedical Engineering 

Activities and Involvement: House Council, intramural sports

Favorite UMass Food: My favorite food is the chicken sandwich from Worcester dining hall. My friends and I would always get these on Friday nights before the hockey games, and it was my favorite meal. 

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.

Tour Guide Fayobomi

Fayobomi '24 (she/her)

Hometown: Ondo, Nigeria

Double Major: Marketing and Communications Minor: Psychology

Activities and Involvement: Women of Isenberg Conference, HerCampus, SoulTV, Apple, Peer Advisor

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!

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Hamza '22 (he/him)

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

Major: Computer Science Minor: Arabic Language

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!

Tour Guide Isabella

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. 

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James '22 (he/him)

Hometown: ​Millis, Massachusetts

Double Major: Biology and Environmental Science; Certificate in 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.

Tour Guide Jariah

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.

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Jennifer '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Wilbraham, Massachusetts

Major: Nursing

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!

Jillian Tour Guide

Jillian '23 (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts

Double Major: Marketing and Psychology

Activities and Involvement: Marketing Club, Women in Business, Resident Assistant, and intramural sports

My favorite UMass tradition: 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.

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.

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Joshua '23 (he/him/his)

Hometown: Swampscott, Massachusetts

Double Major: Microbiology (pre-med track) and Portuguese

Activities and Involvement: President of the Alpha Beta chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, inc, Doo Wop Shop member, Multicultural Greek Council Executive Board Member, BrASA member, Commonwealth Honors College member

Favorite UMass food: Pupusas from Hampshire Dining Commons

I am a first-generation Brazilian-Surinamese student. I chose UMass because there are so many different opportunities here for me to take advantage of; I get to trailblaze my own path.

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Julia '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Verona, New Jersey

Major: Biomedical Engineering Minor: Math

Activities and Involvement: Commonwealth Honors College, Club Water Polo, Alpha Phi Omega (Service Fraternity), Society of Women Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant

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. Go UMass!

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Julia '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Double Major: Food Science and Plant and Soil Sciences

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! 
 

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Julia '23 (she/her)

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Favorite UMass food: Unfortunately I only got one full semester eating at the dining halls but some of my favorite food is from UMass.
My favorite food at the dining halls was the pot stickers. My friends and I would check the menus every day just to see if they had pot stickers before we would go
eat.

What makes UMass so special to me is all of the amazing students and professors that push you to be your best self every single day. Going to college can be scary, but UMass makes everyone feel at home with the perfect balance of a great student life and academics.

Tour Guide Kaylyn Carlucci

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!

I have 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. 

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Kieran '22 (he/him)

Hometown: Lincoln Park, New Jersey

Double Major: Finance and Sport Management Minor: Information Technology

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Kyle '25 (he/him)

Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts

Why did you choose UMass?: 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.

I am beyond excited to be in Amherst! I am currently an undecided business major in the Isenberg School of Management.  I was super involved in high school and cannot wait to explore all of what UMass has to offer. In my free time, I love listening to music (anything from rap to country even to some Portuguese music), hanging out with friends, and doing just about anything outdoors. 

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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!
 

Tour Guide Laura

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!

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Lizzie '22 (she/her)

Hometown: Long Beach, New York

Major: Nursing

Activities and involvement: Student Nurses Association (President), College of Nursing Ambassador, Students to end Alzheimer’s Disease Club

Favorite UMass food: Sunday brunch at 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 was by far brunch on Sunday at Berkshire dining commons. My go-to meal was 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! 

Tour Guide Maahi

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.

Tour Guide Marie

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. 

Tour Guide Mary Lou

Mary Lou '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. 

Matt Bird Tour Guide

Matt '23 (he/him/his)

Hometown: ​Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Double Major: ​Psychology and Biochemistry

Activities and Involvement: Sleep neuroscience research lab, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pre-Medical Society, Surf Club, Spikeball Club

Favorite UMass event: 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.

Tour Guide Mike

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.

Tour Guide MP

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!

Tour Guide Nai

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)! 

Tour Guide Niamh

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!

UMass tour guide in jeans and a flannel shirt relaxing on a bench in front of a colorful tree, holding an ice coffee

Nick '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 first-year students do?” Bring a SUIT or some form of business professional attire! You never realize that you may find yourself days before an interview, formal 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!!!

Tour Guide Patrick

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!

Peter Tour Guide

Peter '22 (he/him)

Hometown: ​Moorestown, New Jersey

Double Major: ​Sport Management and Marketing

Activities and Involvement: ​Director of Marketing - Social Entrepreneurship Club, Sport Management Dept. Research Assistant, UMass All-University Orchestra

Favorite UMass food: ​Friday afternoons at Berkshire Dining Hall — homemade macaroni and cheese and a personalized quesadilla bar! Meeting up with your friends after classes are over for the week and enjoying that mid-afternoon meal is the best!

I originally chose to attend UMass because of its incredible sport management program, and have recently added marketing as a secondary major. Within this past year, I have studied and interned abroad in London, and also began research within the sport management department. Opportunities like these are vast at UMass, making UMass a place where you really can craft your own college experience. Take advantage of all of the opportunities that excite you! 

Tour Guide Baird

Phil '22 (he/him)

Hometown: Princeton, Massachusetts

Major: Geography 

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!

UMass tour guide smiling with a cup of coffee in front of her

Sydney '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 (shoutout 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! 

Tour Guide Tas

Tasneem '23 (she/her)

Hometown: Monroe, New Jersey

Major: Microbiology; Minor: Psychology

Activities and Involvement: Undergraduate research, Undergraduate TAing, Student Wellbeing Advisory Board, BioTAP, Commonwealth Honors College, Peer Advising

UMass hidden gem: The upper floors of the ISB (Integrated Sciences Building) have countless nooks and crannies that make great quiet study spaces when you need a change of scenery. The building is really bright and modern, and you can see a lot of campus from the third and fourth floors if you just want to look out of the windows! 

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. I get to further my goals in doing research and hopefully going to law school one day. I can pretty much do anything I want here, and I always say that coming here was the best decision I have ever made! Go UMass!!

Tour Guide Tommy

Tommy '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.

UMass tour guide in a black shirt with a hand on hip

Vanessa '24 (she/her)

Major: Finance

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.

I aspire to one day work in commercial real estate. 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!

Tour Guide Varshini

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!

Tour Guide Will

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! 

UMass tour guide

Zach '22 (he/him)

Hometown: Kingston, MA
Major: Finance Minor: Psychology 
Activities and Involvement: Finance Society, Investment Club, Entrepreneurship Club, House Council, Basketball & Soccer Intramural 
Coming from a small town, I was ready to explore all that UMass had to offer. It was great quickly finding out there are a number of ways to make a big school feel smaller. There are numerous opportunities here and ways to try out something new. For me, UMass was always the school I wanted to go to, especially for business. Now being a senior and looking back at my choices, regardless of what I came to school for, I know I made the right choice. Time goes by quickly, but UMass is the right way to spend it. Go U!