Written by William Acheampong
Senior Dallas Killeen is wrapping up his degrees in Business Honors, Plan II, and English Honors. During his four years at UT, Dallas made the most of his opportunities as a McCombs student. After his freshman year, he attended a faculty-led program to Hong Kong where he learned about supply chain management firsthand. While on the trip, Dallas visited a Target store in Pflugerville, a distribution center in Midlothian, and the Port of Los Angeles to see Target’s supply chain from beginning to end. Once in Hong Kong, he and the other students took a trip to mainland China to visit factory facilities. Reflecting on his experience in Hong Kong, Dallas recalls his time in the summer program as an immersive, experiential learning opportunity where he developed meaningful relationships with both other students and his professors. Although Dallas thoroughly enjoyed his summer in Hong Kong, his desire to continue his studies while exploring the world still lingered. During his junior year, Dallas decided to study abroad for the second time. This time Dallas spent the semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, where he took a handful of marketing courses. Living by the motto, “when in Spain, do as the Spanish do, and speak Spanish,” Dallas also took a number of Spanish classes to deepen his understanding of the Romance language.
When Dallas is in Austin, he is busy with a handful of student organizations, such as Texas Blazers and the Undergraduate Business Council (UBC). As a freshman looking for a welcoming community to call his own, Dallas joined UBC, a community of McCombs students who serve as representatives of the McCombs School of Business to create a better environment and improve the education of all business students. Now in his final semester on the council, Dallas serves as Traditions Chair, which allows him to plan events that further cultivate the close-knit UBC community. Similarly, Dallas is a member of Texas Blazers, an honorary service, leadership, and spirit organization devoted to serving The University of Texas at Austin. As a Texas Blazer, Dallas is an official host of the university and a mentor to students at Eastside Memorial High School.
Many of Dallas’ campus involvements pertain to service, leadership, and community-building. Naturally, during his junior year, Dallas became a Canfield BHP Peer Mentor, a role that allows him to mentor a group of freshman CBHP students during their first semester on the Forty Acres. A year later, Dallas is still a peer mentor and decided to take a second group of freshman under his wing. Through this role, Dallas has shared his experiences in order to inspire confidence and show students that they belong in McCombs just as much as anyone else. For Dallas, the most satisfying part of the job is being able to watch his mentees tackle the world on their own. Whenever Dallas ends a semester with his mentees, he reminds them to develop their own metric of success and to blaze their own trail during their time at UT.