I chose to speak to my long-time friend and fellow former Mountain View High quarterback Mike Butler. Mike recently finished up his senior season at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, CA, where he was the starter along with being named a captain. I wanted to interview Mike because I think that a lot of people wonder what it’s like to be a student-athlete in college, and how it can relate to the world outside of sports.
1) What made you pick Cal Lutheran?
“I fell in love with the campus the second I stepped foot on it. They had been a high caliber team for consecutive years, and the Southern California lifestyle helped me fit right in.”
2) What would you say is the best part of being a college student-athlete?
“Although it is incredibly taxing, the life of a student-athlete awards you with self-disciple, high work ethic, and a camaraderie with those who walked the same path.”
3) What is the toughest part?
“Without a doubt, the most difficult aspect of being a student-athlete is the early mornings. 5 A.M. wake up calls are never something [that] brightens your day.”
4) What is your favorite memory from your 4 years as a CLU quarterback?
“My favorite memory was getting my first collegiate start Senior year against PLU.”
5) How do you think being a college athlete will help you in your post-playing career?
“Being a college-athlete is something that cements you in an elite class, seeing as so few are able to do so; it provides you with a sense of belonging, coupled with invaluable experience and skills that will aid you in any career.”