Samuel Portillo has been part of the UA before, attending after high school, but between scheduling conflicts, transportation issues and not being sure what he wanted to study, he dropped out during the first semester.
He started over at Pima Community College, worked hard, and was ready to transfer into the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering after one year.
"I think my transfer process only took about a month, and that was something I wasn't really expecting," Portillo said. "I felt like I was encouraged by the faculty to ask questions if I didn't understand anything. They were really accommodating on working with me through my nontraditional road to a four-year degree."