NE student, bartender and belly dancer Amber White has a 2-year-old son, just got married in March and plans to become a microbiologist.
White and her husband have been together five years and had their son two years ago. While White was pregnant, the two got engaged but wanted to wait for the right time to get married.
“I didn’t want to just get married because I was pregnant,” she said. “I wanted it to be special.”
They tied the knot March 15 at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington near the Ballpark.
After listening to her sister-in-law, who lives in California, discuss her job, she decided she wanted to major in microbiology.
“She gave me the idea,” she said. “She gets patients who have died from diseases, and she solves cases each day.”
To pay the bills, White bartends at the Cowboys stadium and Sunshine, a dive bar in Arlington.
“It’s cool to work at Sunshine because everyone knows everyone,” she said. “It’s kind of like Cheers. The stadium is just way nicer.”
She said because the drinks are so expensive at the stadium, people don’t tip as well. A Bud Light at Sunshine runs anywhere from $2 to $2.75, depending on the daily special, but at the stadium they cost $8.50 a piece.
For fun, White is in a belly-dancing troupe called Fuse.
“It’s not typical middle-eastern dance,” she said. “We mix in a lot of dancing styles to make our own unique dances.”
White plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall with a scholastic scholarship to help pay for it. She’s a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has a GPA of 3.9.