ADRIAN, Mich.--Every Wednesday, the Adrian College Athletic Communications Office will unveil a Q&A format interview with a student-athlete(s) from one of the Bulldogs' 40 intercollegiate athletics programs for a new series, Bulldog Spotlight: Getting to Know..." This edition features Michael Burkhardt who was a 2016 Academic All-Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League selection as a freshman on the first NCAA Division III men's volleyball team in the college's history:
Michael Burkhardt l Sophomore l Whitehall, Pa. (Whitehall High School) l Athletic Training major
Q: Why did you choose to come to Adrian College?
A: "The coaching staff being previous NCAA Division I players mixed with the five-year Athletic Training master's program at the school. Both those combined factors just made the most sense (for me) to come here."
Q: What are your pre-match rituals?
A: "Eat a bag of skittles and just listen to music beforehand."
Q: How do you handle the demands of being a student and athlete at the same time?
A: "Know how to manage and prioritize your time, and realize you're not going to be able to do everything offered to you."
Q: What does being a NCAA Division III student-athlete mean to you?
A: "That the hard work in high school paid off."
Q: What is your best Adrian sports memory?
A: "Our first collegiate win at Olivet last season. Just with the struggles of a new program, it was nice to end it on a good note."
Q: The 2017 campaign marks the second season of NCAA varsity competition, so what are the goals for the team this spring? What does it mean to you to be a founding member of the NCAA program??
A: "It means a lot to me because this is going to be a big program one day. To look back when I'm older and see what I help started is gonna be an amazing feeling."
Q: What do you like the most about the Adrian campus?
A: "I would say the small size of the campus."
Q: What's the best advice (and from who?) that anyone has given you?
A: "From my high school volleyball coach George Cowitch. He said always keep your head up win or lose. That people shouldn't be able to tell if you lost by your body language."
Q: If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be and what would you ask s/he?
A: "Isaiah Thomas from the Boston Celtics. I would ask him what's it like to be small for your position and the steps you take to elevate your game regardless of height."
Q: What does being a Bulldog mean to you?
A: "Representing the community and being part of a thing bigger than yourself."
Q: If you could visit a place that you've never been, where is it and why?
A: "Anywhere in Europe mostly because I always wanted to travel there."
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: "To work either at a local high school or college as an AT (athletic trainer).
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