Kiara Myers BBA ‘19
Management Information Systems
Cedar Park, TX
I hope to join a management consulting firm upon graduating from McCombs and begin an international career. I am eager to see how business is conducted in different parts of the world and the influence of culture on dealings. I also intend on attaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration after a few years of meaningful work experience.
McCombs is a great place for anyone looking for a prestigious and rewarding education. I appreciate the quality of the faculty and instruction, as well as the access to abundant recruiting opportunities across many industries.
One of my favorite things to do at UT is try cuisine from different food trucks parked around campus. It’s always fun to meet up with my friends after classes or on the weekends and pick up a snack from a new place in one of the many food truck parks.
I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Hong Kong the summer immediately following my freshman year. I learned about supply chain management in one of the world’s most dynamic economies, while also taking in the beauty of Hong Kong’s geography and culture.
Aaron Hannie - BBA ‘20
San Antonio, TX
I hope to enter the Integrated Masters in Professional Accounting program and become a Certified Public Accountant. Once I graduate from the McCombs School of Business, I hope to work with one of the Big Four accounting firms in public accounting. After gaining years of knowledge and experience, I hope to use my skills to work for a nonprofit organization to help those in need.
All of the resources and opportunities. I never thought that I would get the chance to talk to and network with employees until my junior or senior year, but I got to do that my very first semester! McCombs really does give you the opportunity to grow professionally by teaching you valuable skills. Already, I feel prepared to think about my future and the opportunities that lie ahead.
I love going to various events held on campus. During my freshman year, I went to football and volleyball games, music events (like Forty Acres Fest), plays at the Frank Erwin Center, and movie screenings at the Texas Union! I love to dance, so my favorite event was definitely the Great Gatsby Gala, which included a dance workshop by Texas Ballroom.
Last year, I got the chance to travel to Seattle on a National Company Field Trip with the McCombs Diversity Council. We visited the company headquarters for Amazon, Microsoft, Tableau, Zillow, and many more! It was great meeting employers while spending time in a vibrant city with a group of amazing friends. And, of course, the coffee was great!
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.