Unconventional Students at Rice 2019: Sebastian Gonzalez grew his passions at Rice, literally

Sebastian Gonzalez has always considered himself a diverse person, involved in spectrum of different activities. “I’ve always been a person who has different interests and explores them,” he said. “When I got to Rice, I focused on a couple of different things and really put my heart and soul into them.”

Pursuing degrees in sport management and economics, Gonzalez is also President of Rice Urban Agriculture and played a key role in gaining the funding for Rice’s campus garden. When he’s not in the garden, he’s at Minute Maid Park, where he works as a business strategy analytics intern for the Houston Astros.

“I was originally an engineering major, but I realized it wasn’t my passion,” he said. “My advice is to go into school without a concrete plan. It gave me the ability to create this garden, to work at the Astros and to meet awesome people. I felt empowered by Rice to do things like this.”

About Brandon Martin

Greetings, I am a video producer at Rice University in the Office of Public Affairs. I became a Rice Owl in June 2011. Before that, I was at KPRC-TV in Houston as a special projects photojournalist for seven years, where I covered everything from hurricanes to sports. Southeast Texas has been my home my entire life. I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and two of the cutest girls I have ever seen. Go Owls!