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As part of our on-going Alumni in the Field series, where alumni reflect on their career paths and how their Amherst experience shaped their lives, Lynsdey Scott ’06 talks about how her liberal arts education at Amherst College allow her to explore a wide variety of academic disciplines to find her passion.

Amherst Alumni in the Field: John Michael Higgins ’85

October 1, 2019

Actor John Michael Higgins ’85 was a professional actor in high school when he learned about Amherst from an alumnus with whom he was working. He credits Amherst College with the success of his improvisation.


After Amherst, I started acting in New York right away. I'd look online for opportunities, take auditions and
meetings, and within three or so months I was able to join the Screen Actors Guild. I was a creature on Will Smith's I am Legend. I was willing to let them cover me in oatmeal and run around in a bodysuit of some sort for hours in the middle of the night and that's how I got my SAG card.

My name is Lindsay Scott I was in the Class of ’06. I double majored in theatre and computer science and I'm an actress and iOS software engineer.

When I got my first iPhone I wanted to build on it, I wanted to see how it worked, and I decided to learn iOS
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The most valuable thing about the liberal arts education that I received at Amherst is the fact that I've been able to learn from so many different fields and try so many things and experiment to see what I liked and what
I was passionate about. It gave me the freedom to go beyond my first choice of a major to different things that would eventually be crucial to my future.