Friday Feature with Amherst's Isabelle Ouyang

Isabelle Ouyang, Amherst

The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Amherst's Isabelle Ouyang, a women's golfer who is a double-major in biology and French.

Isabelle Ouyang, Amherst Isabelle Ouyang, Amherst College
Sophomore, Women's Golf
Edina, Minn./Edina High School
Majors: Biology and French

Why did you choose to attend Amherst?
I chose to attend Amherst because of the balance between strong academics and competitive athletics. Additionally, the open curriculum that Amherst offers is liberating because it gives me the flexibility to take classes outside of my major and allows me to become educated in subjects that I would not be able to study otherwise.

Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
Division III sports were ideal for me because I personally prioritize school over athletics, and Division III really emphasizes the importance of academics. Division III allows me to participate in other activities outside of golf and gives me the ability to focus on school.

What is your dream job/career? Why?
Working in the makeup industry would be really interesting! I like the idea of being involved in the development of new products and it would be a really unique experience.

What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
For me, the greatest part of my college experience has been the relationships I’ve created with my friends, teammates, and professors. I’m lucky to be surrounded by such supportive, influential people.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?
1. Learn a third language
2. Play a round of golf at Augusta National
3. See the Great Barrier Reef

Who is your favorite professor? Why?
Dr. Sheila Jaswal has been a womderfully positive influence and mentor for me at Amherst. I worked for her as a teaching assistant last semester and really enjoyed it.

What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
I really like learning about French history; right now I’m taking a class about women in 19th century France, which is a subject that I would never study outside of my major. As for biology, learning about the processes that are constantly occurring at a molecular level is really interesting.

What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
A piece of advice that I would give to myself as a high school first year would be to not focus too much on one specific exam or paper. I think that we get too caught up in little things like that, rather than focusing on the big picture.

What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus (other than my bed) is the new science center. It is a beautiful building that has many great study spaces.

What is something interesting about you that others might not know?
I really love my home state of Minnesota.