Aimee is a sweet, loving, courageous, and adventurous 24 year old from Snellville, GA. She attended UGA as an undergrad, and is currently studying humanistic psychology with a focus on eco-psychology at the University of West Georgia.
Aimee’s otherwise private life took a public turn when she encountered an accident in early May of 2012.
Aimee is well-known around Carrollton, home of the University of West Georgia, as she has worked several jobs with great exposure to the public. Her first position in Carrollton was at the Longhorn Steakhouse, where she was a bartender. She quickly became really popular amongst the regulars for her good looks, welcoming smile, availability to connect, and her love of conversation. She eventually moved on to the Blue Steakhouse where she hosted and tended bar. Most recently she has been waiting tables at Sunnyside Cafe, a breakfast and lunch spot. Having had worked at these three establishments has exposed her to a fair share of our “small” town population.
Aimee is also very well known in the UWG psychology department. In the classroom she is appreciated for her passion to the betterment of humanity as well as her sharp intellect. To quote an accurate description in one of the newspaper articles about her:
Aimee Copeland is a flower child born a generation late. She blew through the University of Georgia with honors and settled comfortably in Carrollton, where the University of West Georgia has a graduate psychology program made to order for her.
The humanistic psychology program started in West Georgia in the 1960s, and she liked the idea of a master’s program that could couple her love of nature with her yearning to study human spirit.
She was interested in a brand of psychology in which troubled youths spend time in the woods communing with nature while receiving therapy.
She has maintained an active present outside of the classroom too, hosting a “Good Vibes Festival,” organizing an organic garden (until a Monsanto-funded research project pushed her out), and did notable work as a Graduate Research Assistant, including the putting together of the department’s first e-newsletter.
Aimee is much loved by the department and the community. She has been described as the “most easy to like” of all students by a professor. She is a dear friend, who wears her heart on her sleeve. She is a free spirit and a beacon of light.