Ashlyn Knox BBA ‘21
After graduating from The McCombs School of Business, my goal is to gain more hands-on experience in the athletic performance field so that I can begin to apply my knowledge from both my business and kinesiology degrees. During this period, I hope to be creating a business model and building clientele for my own independent training facility. Once I am able my goal is to have an all-inclusive gym for all levels of athletes.
To me, the best thing about McCombs is the community. Every day I get to be surrounded by other driven and hard-working students, which creates a very motivating environment. In addition to the students, the McCombs staff is so dependable; Anytime I come to my advisor or career coach I know that they genuinely want me to succeed.
My favorite thing to do on campus is attending the football and basketball games, as those seasons are always an exciting part of the year. I also like to workout and run at the Clyde Littlefield Park near the football stadium. It has a track and some exercise equipment and there is almost always a soccer or rugby game going on to watch!
One of my favorite experiences during my undergraduate career by far has been studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I had the opportunity to be a part of one of the McCombs Faculty Lead Programs in the Summer of 2019 along with twenty-five other awesome McCombs students. I got to study international marketing while making memories and friendships that will stay with me forever.
Matthew Boykin - BBA ’21
Management Information Systems
During my time in the McCombs School of Business I will be majoring in Management Information Systems with certifications in Data Science and Applied Statistical Modeling. Post-college I plan to use my degree to pursue a career in data science and business analytics. I am very excited about this field, and I believe this is the direction that modern business is heading. I plan on staying with McCombs for a year after graduation as well to complete my Master’s of Science in Business Analytics.
The best thing about McCombs to me is the people. We have top faculty from around the globe. This is key, because in my classes I know I’m getting exclusive, expert-level knowledge in all of my classes. Additionally, I truly appreciate the passionate, driven students around me who are always encouraging me to work hard and reach out for new opportunities.
My favorite thing to do at UT is to go to the gym! There are several gyms on campus where I love to play basketball, swim, or workout. I find this is a great way to free my mind and stay in shape during the semester. I also enjoy the intramural sporting events held at the gyms as well. My goal is to be a three-time intramural champion by the time I graduate!
One of my favorite experiences during my undergraduate career has been my summer internship at Apple. After my freshman year, I had the opportunity to intern at the Apple Austin headquarters with students from top undergraduate and graduate schools across the nation. I gained this opportunity on a corporate visit through the Black Business Student Association in McCombs. During the experience I was able to work on several data science projects, expanding my knowledge in the field. I was also able to travel for my internship project and work with my worldwide counterparts at Apple Park in Cupertino, CA!
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!
Rocio Nairi Garza-Gomez –BBA’22
As of now, I plan to major in the integrated master’s in public accounting, because I believe that accounting is a soft skill necessary for any enterprise. In a few years, I see myself graduating from McCombs pursuing a full time position at one of the big four accounting firms. My plan after graduation is to obtain work experience for a few years, before pursuing graduate school.
The environment at McCombs is special as you can count on a unique network of people willing to share their experience and advice with you. It is a learning process as you find yourself constantly learning whether it is from the teacher or your peers. Everyday you get to interact with people of high caliber that make you bring your best self forward.
My favorite thing to do at UT is explore the campus as it always has something new to offer. I love attending sporting events especially during the football season and catching up with friends at different events. Most importantly, I love discovering new opportunities to further my intellectual curiosity such as planning my study abroad (hopefully, in Europe or Asia) or exploring new courses and topics.
I have been at UT for a little bit, as I’m halfway through my freshman year, but I feel like I have already been able to do a lot! I am a member of student organizations that have allowed me to meet with company recruiters, play intramural soccer and make a family for myself at UT. I also love exploring Austin whether it is going to ACL, walking down South Congress or studying at Mozart’s I’m happy to call Austin my home.