Alumni Spotlight

Victoria Shorten - Owner, One Lifestyle Management

11 Sep
Victoria Shorten

Victoria Shorten lives in Miami, Florida and is the owner of One Lifestyle Management a luxury lifestyle company specializing in looking after pro athletes worldwide. She is the owner of VSL Jewelry, a jewellery company that has designed for stars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and many more. Victoria is married to Jason Randolph and has a 1 year old son, Jack Buckley Randolph.

 

Course/subjects studied in University College Cork
BA Arts / Applied Psychology & Economics. I loved both subjects and I feel they have both stood to me in life and business. Especially dealing with people and running your own businesses.

Best memory of UCC
I love that UCC is one of the Queens Colleges and was established under the reign of Queen Victoria. My friends and I always laughed about it and said it would take a Victoria to build a college like this! Ha Ha.
Most of my memories surround my friends and the good times we had in and out of the classroom. 9 of us lived in the one large house and we are all friends to this day. We all felt that going to UCC was a real honour and treasured every day we were there. I miss the Boole Library to this day!

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now? 
It was the first chapter of life on my own and has shaped me into the person I am now. I loved the look and feel of UCC and felt great pride to be a student there. The professionals I met there in my time and after have always impressed me for their love of learning, teaching and the college itself. I now live in Miami and had some experience giving some guest lectures in a college here and they do not have the same passion at all. UCC is unique.

Like a lot of students, I ended up in a job that is unrelated to my degree but still take the learnings and apply them to everything I do. A degree is so important and I don’t think I would even have got a green card for the USA without it. I also am an entrepreneur and the love for business started on the grounds of UCC.

What is your advice to current UCC students? 
WORK HARD. You have your whole life to party!

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?
Every lecturer was incredibly attentive and I learned so much from all of them. I lived in Cork for many years after college and had a large business there for nearly 9 years. In that time I met so many professionals from UCC that are, hands down, some of the most impressive people you’ll ever meet. I admire their passion and think I took a lot of that with me. Which is probably why I have work for myself!

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies? 
This is probably one of my biggest regrets. I worked nights to make extra money and when I wasn’t working or studying, I was with friends so I wish I had more time to partake.

Favourite UCC legend or superstition 
It has to be the legend that crossing the quad was bad luck for exams and you only cross the quad after graduation for photographs. Whomever made that up was really preserving the grass and landscape. Smart!

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