A music and computer science double major with a certificate in ethnomusicology, Tomal Hossain ’17 immersed himself in the Amherst music community through his ability to reach people with his art and his personality.

Hossain will spend the next year traveling around the world as a Watson Fellow, exploring the intersections of music and culture.

Before Amherst

Jeremy Paula, who had originally looked for a small liberal arts school that was similar to his high school during his college search, reflects on the impact that Amherst College has had on him throughout his four-year experience.

“Amherst has made me much more confident ... being able to speak up for myself and to find my voice,” he said. “[It has] also taught me to be compassionate and vulnerable ... [We] gain the skills to be human beings and to reach out and talk to our friends.”

Living Abroad in Italy

Julia Turner ’19 first met Lauren Tuiskula when Turner visited Amherst on a softball recruitment trip as a high school sophomore.

“I remember being intimidated by all of the players,” Turner said, “except Lauren.” Tuiskula put Turner at ease with a “full smile on her face.”

Siraj Sindhu is a testament to Amherst College’s ability to change its students. Throughout his four years at Amherst, Sindhu found himself challenging his identity, philosophy and priorities at every turn.

When I asked Ali Doswell’s family, friends, coaches and professors to describe her, the most common word was not “athletic” or “talented” or any of the typical superlatives you would expect for the reigning Division III Player of the Year for women’s basketball. Instead, the common trait attributed to the Richmond, Virginia native was “grace.”

Niyi Odewade is a standout on the gridiron, a brilliant scientist poised to excel in medical school and a leader in all of his endeavors at Amherst. Through his excellence in multiple fields and the charisma he conveys in his interactions with everyone he meets, Odewade has used his passion for medicine and his football career to leave an impact on the Amherst community beyond wins and admission to medical school.

New Schools, New Challenges