PrideTime Reporter: Daisy Restrepo
Do any of your friends have to balance going to school with sports and having a job? Well if they do, they are not alone.
Ali Mills does this every single day. She is a 16 year old junior here at Brien McMahon, and has been cheering since her freshman year - now a captain. She has been dancing for most of her life and has also been playing softball for a long time. Not only is she a straight A student, she works at a physical therapy office called Formula Physical Therapy. She helps out with filing, record keeping, and even exercises for patients. The owner of the office is close friends with her mom, so she was lucky enough to get a job.
“Being able to keep up with so many things every day is hard. But being able to manage my time makes everything a lot easier. I often plan out the time I have and devote each chunk of time to different homework or activities. I also get my homework done as soon as I get home from school rather than procrastinate. If I have extra time, I get my assignments done in advance so that I have time to relax during busy weeks.” says Ali.
Ali makes sure to find time to keep her grades up and hit second in her class ranking last year. She takes challenging classes and is very good at managing her time which is why she is able to do so much. Even with so much on her plate, she also finds time to spend with friends and family. She’s also able to get herself to her job and back home because she drives, which makes it easier.
“I usually work for a few hours after school before my cheer practice. I also take advantage of having open end on A days and go straight to work after school. Friday’s after school are also a very good time to go in because there is usually no one in the office so I can go in and get all my work done.”
Ali is very hardworking - her coworkers attest. When I spoke with them, all of them praised very highly of her, saying she has many good qualities.
“Ali is a very hardworking girl. We know that she has a very busy schedule and yet she always finds time to come in and she always finishes the work that needs to be done around the office. She is someone that is very reliable.” says her boss.