From going to school, to selling clothes, and having to cheer every day; Alex Farrier does it all.
Farrier is a sophomore at McMahon whose days are very different from others. Farrier works at the clothing store Brandy Melville in Westport, CT. She’s been working there for almost a year now, since May of her freshman year, which is unusual - most small businesses don’t take on employees at that age.
Aside from having to manage her school work with her job, she is also a part of the cheer team and CYL. She has cheer practice almost every day of the week, also having to practice activism at CYL on certain days, but she still finds time to get to Brandy Melville.
“Over the summer, I was able to work a lot more than I am able to work now. I worked almost every single day. During the week, I would work from 11-5 and than go straight to practice until eight. On weekends, I worked for the whole day. Ever since school started again, I’ve only been able to work on weekends because of cheer.”
During her freshman year, she was interested in finding a job. A student at McMahon who already worked at Brandy Melville told Farrier to go in for an interview and that was when she got the job.
In the summer, her days would consist of working all day and then going straight to practice afterwards. During the school year, managing her time only got harder.
“Managing my time is honestly a really big struggle, but having a consistent time for everything has really helped me a lot. We are always having things going on when it comes to cheer so it is really difficult. Having to balance school with a job and cheer meant that I had to make a lot of sacrifices with not being able to go to certain cheer events or having to find someone to cover my shift because of cheer or school, but I always make it work.”
A large chunk of her coworkers are fellow senators. Catalina Chica is a junior who works with Farrier, and loves working by her side.
“Having Alex as a coworker is really fun. It was nice having a familiar face at my job since I wasn’t so close with my other coworkers at first. She’s a very hard worker and gets things done when it has to be, no matter what. Alex even does more than she is asked to do just because she wants the best for the store and customers. She puts 100% effort in anything she does, but she also likes to joke around so when I had shifts with her it would be easy going and I would look forward to working,” says Chica.