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.
Greta Saldivar - BBA ’18, MPA ‘19
I am passionate about helping people and solving complicated issues. I look forward to joining the Advisory group in one of the big four public accounting firms. I am excited to expand my knowledge and build my analytical and problem solving skills. After a few years of working in public accounting, I aspire to go into either industry or non-profit.
The thing that makes McCombs stand out among the rest of the top ranked business schools is the people. Starting from your advisor that you meet at freshman orientation to the professors you take classes with, everyone is invested in making sure you are the best version of yourself. Having this network of people who are invested in your growth inspires you to take advantage of all the opportunities that McCombs has to offer.
UT is such a huge campus with so many different student organizations, so there is always something to do! Whether it is to cheer on our football team at DKR, or going to see a free movie with friends at the Union, there is always time to enjoy yourself and spend some time with your best friends.
After my freshman year, I participated in two freshman leadership conferences-one with BP and one with Deloitte. I've completed two internships with Deloitte in their Houston office. I've also been part of the exec board of the Hispanic Business Student Association, where I was able to help us win Most Professional Organization at UT. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for Fall 2017 and it was an experience of a lifetime! Because Austin is such a vibrant and young city, I have also been able to take advantage of the great food and live music throughout my time as a student.
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).
Alexander Roland - BBA ‘21
After graduating from the McCombs School of Business, I hope to get a couple of years of work experience in a management consultant 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.
Coming from a small high school, I was surprised to see how tight-knit the business school is. When walking throughout the building I always see a few familiar faces. It’s refreshing to know that when I’m stuck on something, I can always count on one of my classmates to help me out.
Every year, UT has this big music/organization festival called Forty Acres Fest. They bring in a bunch of cool local bands from different genres to play throughout the day. Additionally, they have hundreds of student organizations outside, so you can explore what all UT has to offer. Plus, it’s all free!
Getting involved on campus has led to some of the most unforgettable moments throughout these past few years. With there being so many student organizations on campus, there’s always something fun to do. I’ve been able to go water skiing on Lake Travis, have gotten a first look at new movie releases, cliff jumped with my friends, and so much more!