Meet the Writers: Amy Laird

Amy Laird

Class of 2020

Majors: Psychology and Criminal Justice

Minor: History

Hometown: Elmira, New York

Amy is a Rolling Basis writer for Her Campus. She loves food, fluffy cats, and social equality.

What inspired you to study Criminal Justice and Psychology?

When I first came to college, Psychology was my only major. I really love to help people, and I am interested in why people are the way they are. Everyone’s inner workings are shaped by their experiences. It is interesting to see how everyone thinks differently because of it. I added Criminal Justice because I love the person who teaches it, and I grew a passion for it. Also, it makes sense to me. I had always been inclined to do criminal psychology, so it made sense to double major in those two areas of study.

How would you get yourself off of a deserted island?

Hmmm. That is a tough question. I think I would stay there instead of trying to leave. I would create a makeshift hut and survive off of fruit and coconuts, like the characters did on Gilligan’s Island, haha! This is assuming the island was warm, sunny, and had plenty of resources, and a magical person was there to make the hut for me. If not, I suppose I would still stay and enjoy the time alone. To be honest though, if I were truly in the wilderness, I would die within days.

Why is your favorite movie your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is You’ve Got Mail. My mom and I love watching it together. It has always been our movie. I think it is really sweet and heartwarming. I relate to Kathleen Kelly’s character in many ways. She enjoys the simple things in life and revels in childhood fantasy. I always thought it would be charming to own a small bookstore like hers.

How has your role model shaped your life?

My role model is my mother. She is also my rock, and my best friend. She is the reason why I am where I am today. She has encouraged me to be all I am capable of. She has raised me to be a kind and strong individual. My mother has taught me to recognize my sensitivities, and to give myself a break when I need one. She has inspired me to love and appreciate all of the beautiful, little things life has to offer. She has helped me overcome adversity. I would not be the person I am if it were not for her. I love her so much. I hope to be as strong, giving, and intelligent as her.

If you had to flee the country, where would you go?

I would go to Italy. I would go there even if I did not flee the country. I am half Italian, and really love that part of my heritage. It looks so beautiful, and the people seem so vibrant and lively over there. Some of the smaller towns look quaint. It has a lot of history.