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Alumni Spotlight - Kristen Solari '16

Alumni Spotlight - Kristen Solari '16

Degree: Bachelors in Food Service Management, Associates in Baking & Pastry Arts

Graduation Year: 2016 

Current Occupation: Pastry Chef with Compass Group at Princeton University

Job Responsibilities:

  • Creating new seasonal menus for the café and catering events
  • Keeping track of inventory
  • Writing down all the menus for the week and making sure the pastry team gets it done in a timely matter
  • Executing all plated desserts for catering events

Notable Experiences:

  • Catering the She Roars: Celebrating Women conference at Princeton in 2018, which consisted of 2 back to back dinners of 2,500 people each night
  • Catering the Thrive conference at Princeton in 2019, which was a dinner for 1,200 people
  • Had the opportunity to meet famous French Pastry Chef, Pierre Herme

How did JWU help prepare you for your current position: Having classes start at 7am has turned me into a morning person which helps me to get up for work at 5am. There are so many life lessons in softball that can be applied to everyday life such as teamwork, leadership, working under pressure, being able to take constructive criticism, hard work, and never giving up. I was also able to work on these lessons in my baking & pastry labs.

Favorite JWU memory(ies):

  • Winning the GNAC championship for the first time in school history my junior year and winning again my senior year
  • Going to the NCAA's twice
  • Spring training trips to Florida
  • Going to the rink almost everyday to workout and practice with my teammates/friends
  • Having my parents be able to come to a lot of games on the weekends (and then having them take me out to dinner!)
  • Making lifelong friends

Advice for Current Student-Athletes: As hard as it sounds, don't procrastinate. Get your work done as soon as possible so you don't have to worry about doing it after practice or games. Failure is a part of life and you are never going to be perfect, but you can learn from that failure and let it help you become a better person/athlete. Don't take any moment for granted because it goes by quicker than you think. I would do anything to get on that field again.