Welcome to the 10th generation of Vita Student. This year, we’re fuelling your ambitions with 10 life-changing competition prizes, inspiring stories from former Vita Student residents, and Begin Big events.
Where has ambition taken our residents in their careers?
Yasshmita Jadishkumar – Pro Squash Player
Many people want to be the best in the world at what they do – but not many actually manage to achieve it. However Yasshmita, a current resident at Vita Student, is already on her way there. At the young age of 19, she is a professional squash player representing her home-country Malaysia and is ranked in the top 100 players in the world.
Yasshmita started playing squash in her early teens and has quickly risen up the ranks. But it hasn’t come without perseverance and commitment – Yasshmita trains multiple times a day and has sacrificed a lot of her university life to succeed in her dreams.
Zihao Yang – Brand Manager at Huawei
Despite only leaving Vita Student a few years ago, Zihao is already forging a successful career in China as a Brand Manager at Huawei, China’s biggest telecommunications manufacturer.
Lakechia Jeanne – Founder of Girls in Science
With a background in both science and media, Lakechia Jeanne has combined her experience to advance the career opportunities of women. She is the Founder of Girls in Science, a social initiative to help women into careers in STEM.
Lakechia started Girls in Science while living at Vita Student Lawrence Street in York, and since then she has helped around 3000 women into scientific careers. She hosts events, connecting graduates with employers, provides one-on-one mentorship for women, and takes part in public speaking engagements to inspire women in scientific fields.
She has won multiple awards including the Women’s Leaders Awards, which she now judges.
Aaron Langford – Social Influencer
Aaron Langford has always strived to use his platform for change. In his daily life, he works as a Business Development Co-ordinator for Cognassist, an education-tech start-up that works to help businesses develop supportive frameworks for employees with neurodiversity.
Outside of his daily role, he is a TikTok social influencer who livestreams on a weekly basis to raise awareness of androgenic alopecia, a condition that he was diagnosed with at age 13. His livestreaming journey began after posting a viral video while living at Vita Student Westgate in Newcastle.
Gaining millions of views on his content, and up to 30,000 live viewers in a single livestream, Aaron answers questions about his alopecia and uses the power of social media to spread positivity to his audience across the world. In addition to this, he has launched multiple social and community initiatives, and is nominated for this year’s England Business Awards.
Kathryn Roberts – Documentary Director and Podcaster
Kathryn didn’t expect that she would have directed her own documentary by the time that she graduated, or that she would be producing a successful podcast now into its fourth season. But here she is.
May James – Business Scaling Expert
Since her time living at Vita Student studying in Newcastle, May James is now successfully forging a career on her own terms. She is a business scaling expert, coaching female CEOs across the globe and helping them to turn their small businesses into multi-million pound enterprises.
During her studies, May took a year to mentor small businesses in Uganda, but contracted a virus that later developed into a life-long illness. Knowing that she would never be able to work a typical 9-5, she was forced to remap her entire life plan.
Since then, she has firmly established herself in the world of business, gaining multiple awards for her work including the NE Young Businesswoman of the Year. She also hosts her own podcast, The Honest Business Podcast, is a mentor for Virgin StartUp, and was a Delegate for the UN Women.
Juan Rodriguez Pablo Falcon – CFO at Shalion
Many students face the difficulty of juggling their studies with their job – and for Juan, this feeling is all too familiar. As the Chief Financial Officer of Shalion, a start-up data services company in Barcelona, he has mastered the art of handling pressure and balancing time.
Juan is a Vita Student Alumni who formerly lived in our Pedralbes building in Barcelona.
Simple Wu – Manager at BlueFocus Shanghai
Simple is a busy woman.
She works for BlueFocus, one of China’s leading integrated marketing and advertising agencies. As the General Manager for their entire Shanghai Brand Centre, she is responsible for around 200 employees.
Before achieving a role that many people dream of, Simple lived at Vita Student First Street, in Manchester.
Attend events and activities to set you on the path to success.
OCTOBER 3RDALUMNI REUNION EVENTmore
An all-out reunion celebration bringing together Vita Student residents and teams from the past 10 years. With special guest speakers from global organisations, live panel Q&A, live music and more.
Date 3RD Location Manchester
OCTOBER 11THWORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY WITH THE HAPPINESS EXPLORERmore
“The Happiness Explorer” Lydia Kimmerling talks to Vita Student about the key to forging a successful career underpinned by lasting happiness and fulfilment.
Date 11TH Location ALL BUILDINGS
OCTOBER 25THGRADUATE APPLICATION BOOTCAMPmore
This year Student Circus will be bringing a series of career and job application masterclasses to Vita Student. Hone your interview skills, practice the end-to-end graduate application process, learn about visa sponsorship, secure the perfect summer internship and more.
Date 25TH Location ALL BUILDINGS
NOVEMBER 6THTECHTIMEOUT: DIGITAL WELLBEINGmore
Your wellbeing matters to us – physical, mental and digital. We’ve partnered with techtimeout to help our community understand how to enjoy technology both productively and healthily. Plus, everything you need to know about how to study without distraction.
Date 6TH Location ALL BUILDINGS
NOVEMBER 20THSTART UP SERIESmore
Unleash your inner entrepreneur and get advice and support at our series of start-up talks from successful business founders.
Date 20TH Location ALL BUILDINGS
NOVEMBER 27THHOW TO WRITE THE PERFECT CVmore
Work with leading CV experts to understand exactly what employers are looking for and create the perfect CV at this workshop.
Date 27TH Location BARCELONA
DECEMBER 6THSCHOOL OF LIFE: RESILIENCE & CALM WORKSHOPmore
The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead fulfilled lives and maximise their potential through useful resources and tools. This year they’re bringing their expertise to Vita Student to help our community understand how to remain resilient and calm when navigating life’s challenges.
Date 6TH Location ALL BUILDINGS
January 22NDNutrition Workshop with Venner Nutritionmore
We’ve teamed up with Venner Nutrition to help educate ourselves about how to reduce food waste, and bring fresh, healthy food to Vita Student. Stay tuned for a series of nutrition workshops and pop-up farmers markets packed with fresh ingredients to cook up a storm in your studio.
Date 22ND Location All buildings
MARCH 7THBIG TALKSmore
Big Talks are a series of once-in-a-lifetime events connecting the student community with the biggest names in industry and the best brands in the world. Past speakers have included Professor Brian Cox, Virgin Galactic, Adidas, Formula 1 and the BBC. Get ready for a rich line-up of Big Talks events across the UK, coming soon.
Date 7TH Location ALL BUILDINGS
APRIL 17THSTRESS AWARENESS MONTHmore
A series of workshops, masterclasses and relaxation events with our VIP partners to support our residents through the challenging exam period.
Date 17TH Location ALL BUILDINGS
MAY 1STIMPROVE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE & START NETWORKINGmore
A workshop for anyone wanting to build their network and leverage the power of LinkedIn, including one-on-one guidance on creating a LinkedIn profile to impress.
Date 1ST Location ALL BUILDINGS
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
Vita Student is for students that want it all. For students that want to live without limits.
With an all-inclusive service, living at Vita Student lifts some of the pressures from university life, allowing you to focus on your studies and your experience.
Our buildings are full of friendly faces from many different places. All here to make the most of their time at university. Whether you are creative or academic, Vita Student is the place to learn, thrive and make connections.