Brewington, a first-year at Durham Technical Community College, balances two jobs, working at Carolina Coffee Shop and The Cheesecake Factory. She plans on transferring to UNC after the spring 2016 semester to pursue a degree in the medical field.
She grew up in the Chapel Hill area and attended Carrboro High School with her close friend Lauren Copeland, who also attends Durham Tech. Copeland said Brewington does well managing the stress that comes with working two jobs.
“As long as I’ve known her, she’s worked,” Copeland said. “I’ve never seen her slack off. She’s always there for me, and I really value her friendship.”
Brewington and Copeland became friends during their junior year of high school, which was when Brewington began working.
“I chose to get a job to help my mom out,” Brewington said. “She was struggling a little bit. And then I also like to shop a little — to have some money for myself.”
Having worked for a couple of years, Brewington said she likes being independent.
“It’s a good feeling knowing that I make my own money and don’t have to depend on my parents,” she said. “I got moved up to a server when I turned 18, and I really love it. You know, you just make people happy bringing them food all the time.”
Jeremy Ferry, Carolina Coffee Shop’s manager, said he enjoys working with students like Brewington.