Blas P. Arroyo describes how he decided to study pulp and paper science at NC State. Interview on September 20, 2012. (1:29)


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Well one of the reasons I mentioned the paper mill is that 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:02.942
my undergraduate major here was in pulp and paper, 00:00:02.942 - 00:00:07.384
the science and technology of pulp and paper chemistry, 00:00:07.384 - 00:00:09.797
and that program had a very nice scholarship associated with it, 00:00:09.797 - 00:00:17.941
so by virtue of my having the experience with a paper company in my hometown 00:00:17.941 - 00:00:23.747
I had maybe a little different impression or opinion of the paper industry in a lot of respects 00:00:23.747 - 00:00:27.866
so it was easier to recruit someone like me who already knew about the industry. 00:00:27.866 - 00:00:32.757
I had a good friend who was a year ahead of me 00:00:32.757 - 00:00:35.783
who had gone through that program-who was in the program, 00:00:35.783 - 00:00:39.643
at the time that I came here and then another gentleman that I knew 00:00:39.643 - 00:00:44.424
that was older that had gone through the program, 00:00:44.424 - 00:00:47.205
so I knew good things about it and I had heard good things about NC State 00:00:47.205 - 00:00:51.386
and that interested me. 00:00:51.386 - 00:00:54.203
Otherwise the alternatives would have been to probably go to the University of Florida 00:00:54.203 - 00:00:58.163
and major in something like political science or something like that, 00:00:58.163 - 00:01:01.320
is what I was thinking about, but I was intrigued with the prospect of being able to go out of state 00:01:01.320 - 00:01:05.806
and to try something more in the science area, 00:01:05.806 - 00:01:10.699
so it was something that appealed to me as something to try, 00:01:10.699 - 00:01:14.828
and I was actually able to graduate, [Laughs] 00:01:14.828 - 00:01:19.962
despite some challenges in between. 00:01:19.962 - 00:01:21.926

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