Patrick Molina

Growing up in South Texas, I learned what it meant to make the American Dream come true. Growing up, I was surrounded by people who immigrated from Mexico, came to the United States, and made something for their families. This was a massive inspiration for me. I am still figuring everything out, but I know that I want to make a difference and give back to the communities in the Rio Grande Valley that helped shaped me into who I am. Something that has transcended being a hobby and has become a huge part of my identity is my interest in Mariachi music. After having been in my school district’s highly successful Mariachi program from 5th grade throughout high school, I could not possibly see myself putting it down. I have created some of the best and longest lasting relationships because of this music. This music has presented me with some incredible opportunities, such as working for the UIL State Mariachi Festival and performing in front of 75,000+ people at the NRG Stadium during the Houston Rodeo. I am a large advocate for Mariachi Education and do not see myself stopping anytime soon. At UT-Austin I am still finding my way around, and through the Forty Acres Scholars Program I am helping to find my way to piece all of my varying interests together. I am currently plan on attending law school with a potential career in educational policy making. FASP is already doing an incredible job helping me achieve what I want.

Majors: Geosystems Engineering; Hydrogeology

Other Academic Interests: Violin performance, educational policy, biology

Extracurricular Activities:
I am a member of the UT Chapter of LULAC and have performed with the UT Mariachi Ensemble and Lab Orchestra as a violinist. I am auditioning for other ensembles, such as the University Symphony Orchestra and UT a cappella groups. Outside of school I am a professional mariachi, having performed across the state with various professional groups. I have performed at the Houston Rodeo and have accompanied singers from Mexico and Spain.

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?
FASP felt like much more than a scholarship program; it felt like a real community that cared about its scholars. UT is such a large campus, and one of my biggest fears about being on campus was not having a community that I could call home. Thanks to FASP, I never had that problem. I came to campus with a family that I knew I could count on.