Faculty Member of the Week
By: Bret Laurie
Name: Kelsey Riordan
Position: Food Service Worker in the Woo Café for Chartwells
New Worcester Spy: What is your favorite/most rewarding part about your position?
Kelsey Riordan: Working with the students and staff. I love working with people, and making people smile. And coffee makes people smile!
NWS: What is your daily routine at work?
KR: I get here between 6:30 and 7:30, and prep the coffee. I normally start over at the Food Court in the Student Center and help out over there in the morning. Once I make my way over here (to the Woo Café), I prep the bagels and the muffins. The bagels come from a local bakery, and they’re delivered here every morning.
NWS: How long have you been here?
KR: I will be here five years in September.
NWS: Where are you from originally?
KR: From Worcester, born and raised.
NWS: How did you get this job?
KR: I applied, like, right after high school. I needed a job, so I applied. I got called in for an interview, and I guess they liked me [laughs]. It was really easy! I was interviewed by my boss.
NWS: What is something nobody would guess that you do outside of work?
KR: Oh boy, um…I knit. I love movies, just like every twenty-something girl or boy out there, I totally binge-watch Netflix. I’m a hardcore Pinterest person, very into Pinterest.
NWS: What is something you do that no one would guess that you do in your position?
KR: I do my own inventory and all my own ordering. I know the inventory for every single store here on campus – the Food Court, the cafeteria, the School Store, the Starbucks in the LRC, the Java Junction in Wasylean Hall, here (the Woo Café), a little bit of catering, so I’ve done pretty much every single position, except for [being a] manager.
NWS: Do your position assignments ever change?
KR: For me, because of knowing all the stores, it kind of changes for me every day, so pretty much I do a different thing each day. It’s great to have a little break-up in your day – it keeps things interesting.