Kiara Myers BBA ‘19
Management Information Systems
Cedar Park, TX
I am interested in a career in management consulting upon graduation from McCombs, which will allow me to gain experience with a diversity of industries and functions across the business world. I enjoy critical thinking, and would love to create solutions to solve our world’s most challenging problems going beyond business. After attaining my MBA, I plan on balancing extensive international travel with a meaningful career that allows me to give back to historically underserved communities.
The students in McCombs really have enhanced my experience here. We all work hard to exceed expectations and have fun building life-long bonds along the way. I also love the abundance of resources in McCombs for students to take advantage of like study abroad, career services, and academic advisors to support us along our journey.
My favorite thing about UT is the opportunity to interact with top tier students across all academic fields. Some of my best friends are public health, neuroscience, and architecture majors who enlighten me on new and interesting subjects every day. I also love having access to one of the best food scenes in the country, hands down.
During my time here, I have had the chance to study abroad in Hong Kong and learn about the Chinese business environment from the Asian perspective. I have also joined many organizations in the business school and even won an intramural volleyball championship! However, my most memorable experiences have been at Austin’s many live music festivals like ACL, SXSW, and JMBLYA.
Karissa Kristan - BBA ‘20
My goal is to work for a company in healthcare and medicine. I have always been passionate about helping others. I believe a career where I can apply my business skills to helping others would be very fulfilling.
Next semester, I plan to study abroad in Hong Kong. I look forward to learning about conducting business internationally, while experiencing the beauty and culture of China.
The resources provided to McCombs students seem endless. Whether seeking help registering for classes or advice on how to edit my resume, the faculty and staff at McCombs have always been extremely helpful. The superb resources and tight-knit community help students feel welcome and comfortable when requesting help.
My favorite thing to do at UT is search for new study spots with my friends. There's so much to explore on the 40 acres, and I like mixing things up. With that said, I recently discovered the Architecture library -- it's an awesome place to study!
I was part of the leadership team of a McCombs student organization called Target Your Future. As part of that organization, I had the opportunity to travel to Dallas and Houston and visit multiple Fortune 500 companies. Seeing business concepts I've learned in class applied in the real world, helped me envision my future more holistically.
Joshua Nyangon - BBA '19
My passions lie at the intersection of people and technology. I hope to join a risk consulting practice upon graduation from McCombs. I am excited about working with my peers, finding innovative solutions to complex problems, and leveraging the business skills I learn from my time in McCombs. After a few years of working full time, I also aspire to attain an MBA.
When it comes to business, one thing is absolutely pivotal to success. Network. Network. Network. The people at McCombs are unmatched. From the advisors, recruiters, career counselors, professors, staff, faculty, students-- you name it. Everyone at McCombs is dedicated to each other. Having a network of people who are invested in you shows the amazing culture McCombs has. Beyond that, McCombs provides endless opportunities to learn and improve both personally and professionally.
Outside of the classroom environment, I enjoy connecting with fellow students and friends. Whether it’s playing pick-up basketball in Gregory Gym, being on the exec board of my student organizations, or just hanging out at one of the student lounges, taking the time to soak in and maximize your college experience is essential.
One of the best parts about being at UT is the fact that you’re right in the middle of one of the liveliest cities in the nation. Attending concerts, volunteering in the community or trying out new foods has enhanced my UT experience. Plus, you never know which celebrity might decide to stop by campus! (Hint: Matthew McConaughey or Kevin Durant).
Valarie Cardenas - BBA '18
Supply Chain Management
After graduating from the McCombs School of Business, I hope to get a couple of years of work experience in an operations analyst role and then return to school to obtain a Master’s Degree. After my education is complete, I hope to work abroad for a while and focus on non-profit work involving education and diversity.
When I first arrived at McCombs, I was surprised how supportive everyone was of each other. Coming from a competitive high school environment, it was refreshing to be surrounded by supportive staff, professors, and peers. Their guidance has aided me in my success thus far, and I’m excited that I get to pay it forward now as an upperclassman.
I love being a part of different student organizations at UT. My involvement in those organizations allowed me to meet my best friends with whom I've experienced UT’s fun traditions and explored the city of Austin.
Some of the highlights of my time at UT include studying abroad in France for the spring 2016 semester, seeing a lot of my favorite artists perform live at the Frank Erwin Center and Austin City Limits Music Festival, and taking a leadership position in Texas HBSA.