For Emily Jane MacKillop, school days consist of more than just classes and homework. As a barista and assistant manager at Tama Café — yes, it's really called Tama Café, not Tama Tea — she puts in about 38 hours of work a week in addition to attending and studying for her classes.
MacKillop is a junior dramatic arts and religious studies major who has worked at Tama Café for the past 10 months.
“I was a patron here since the day they opened,” she said. “I came in every day because I just loved the atmosphere, and then the general manager at the time was like, You’re in here all the time. You should get a job,’ and I was like, ‘I can start Friday.’”
A typical day for MacKillop begins at 6:30 a.m. when she starts her opening shift. She works until 8:30 a.m., when she leaves for classes. She typically returns to work around 5:30 p.m. and gets home at 9:30 p.m.
“It’s a lot of figuring out what to prioritize as far as the success of the café and my success in school — just kind of figuring out when to be a student and when to be a manager,” she said.