Business graduate, Cortnee Crane, takes life by storm

August 3, 2010, 8:42 pm

It seems that Cortnee Crane doesn’t know how to slow down, but that’s the way she likes it.
As one of Northwest Nazarene University’s class of 2010, the Puyallup, Wash. native is constantly on the go. Whether she is in the starting lineup for NNU’s softball team, helping the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team advance to the national competition or fitting in four years of college in only three years, Cortnee refuses to play it slow.

“I can’t believe how fast it went!” exclaims Cortnee, as she looks back on her undergraduate career.

But, in typical fashion, the business major will be continuing her break-neck pace by enrolling in NNU’s MBA program beginning this summer. This will be in addition to starting a full-time job at US Bank and completing her fourth year on NNU’s softball team in the fall.

The future looks bright for this graduate, but in the waning days before entering “adulthood,” as she sees postgraduate life, she looks back on the time spent pursuing her bachelor’s.

“Coming to NNU was one of the best decisions of my life,” she says with her typical smile. “I came to campus on a softball visit, and after much thought and prayer, decided to enroll.  And I’m so glad I did.”

Originally intending to make college life revolve around her athletic schedule, Cortnee soon found that NNU had much more to offer than just sports.
“I really felt like part of the community here. When I came, softball was my life. Now, it’s just a facet of my life.”

That is not to belittle the time she spent on the field with the team. “Playing softball is a great experience,” she says, putting all of the emphasis on ‘great.’ “The team is so supportive—it has been like having a family away from home.”

Softball, though, no longer held the priority it once did in her life. She discovered a passion and talent for business, especially marketing. As co-CEO of NNU’s heralded SIFE team, she helped her team win the western region tournament and advance to nationals.

Business professionals have also noted Cortnee’s talent and potential. US Bank has recruited her to join their team and participate in their Management Training Program, which will prepare her to become a branch manager, setting her up for success in the very near future.

In addition to the training she will receive in the corporate world, Cortnee has also been accepted into NNU’s Masters of Business Administration program, which she will begin this summer.

“The faculty members here have been extremely supportive, that I wanted to maintain my relationship with them,” she says.

Because Cortnee completed her undergraduate studies in only three years, she will have one year of eligibility left for her first love: softball. Thus, she will be working full-time, studying for her master’s and playing Division II sports all at the same time.

“I’ll be busy, for sure,” she says with a shrug.

She’s not worried, though. That’s the way she likes it.

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