Isaac Butler '16

Theater
Improv Club
Varsity Soccer and Track and Field (Captain)
Peer Advisor
Community Council
Summer job: Driving the Swan Boats on Boston Common

Hometown: Dorchester
Attending: Washington University, St. Louis

What was your favorite experience at Thayer?

Being a part of Community Council for four years was easily my favorite experience at Thayer. I loved the closeness of the group working under the belief that a small group of students that can enact change.

What was your most memorable academic experience?

In Ms. Hayman’s AP Comp class we wrote personal essays and then had several coffee houses where we shared our work. We met in the library, people brought food, and we read the essays to each other. I read mine, and I got awesome feedback. There was a lot of great warmth coming from my classmates. It was just friends sharing work and complimenting each other in intellectual ways, which was really nice.

What was your college search like?

I am really ambitious about things I get excited about. I traced a map of the United States and pinpointed all the schools I wanted to go to and wrote descriptions about them once I visited. College Counseling helped me in every way possible. I found myself going back at least every other week, just to pop in and talk about big and small decisions. I couldn’t have asked for a better college search experience.

What do you plan to study next year in college?

I’m thinking, as of now, I’ll study creative writing and computer science. I split my time hanging out with my friends in the CFA [Center for the Arts] and hanging out with my friends in the PC lab. There are two sides of me and both fulfill who I am. I’m trying to figure out a way to combine the two. I had the chance to be head writer on a play my sophomore year, and the writing assistant for the winter play this past year. And I’ve taken two years of computer science, Intro to CS and AP Java. The fact that Thayer has given me these opportunities has made me more confident in my abilities. I’ve dipped my foot in every nook and cranny of this place.

When you think of Thayer, what comes to mind?

There’s a German word, heimat, which means fondness for a place in which you feel you truly belong. When I first heard that word I immediately thought of Thayer.

What will you miss most when you graduate?

I’ll miss the closeness of the community here when I leave. The close-knit community has made it a warm and welcoming place where I feel like I can thrive and evolve.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?

Try everything you possibly can. When I came here I wasn’t sure theater was for me, but sophomore year I started theater and I never looked back. I absolutely love it.

What’s your favorite food in the cafeteria?

For six years I ate a meatball sub every day. Now I try not to have the same thing twice a week, but I still love meatball subs.

Where was your favorite place to study on the Thayer campus?

If I want someone smart to teach me something I need to know for a class, I go to the PC Lab, but if I’m doing solitary work, I’ll go to the library.

What’s your favorite Thayer tradition?

Winter Wars. I’ve been doing the buddy walk since my freshman year which is when six people line up and everyone puts their right foot on one board and left foot on the other and you have to walk simultaneously across the gym.

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