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Jason Decker

Some of Jason’s best friends are people he met working out in the weight room. “When you find that group to hang out with, you’re happy to be here. That really helped me.”

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Jeremy Smith

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"When I came to Cortland for the first time, I could just tell that everyone enjoyed being here. It might sound like a small thing, but everyone had Cortland gear on. I just liked that about the atmosphere."


Jeremy and approximately 400 other Division III student-athletes at the College seek the appropriate work-life balance between athletics and academics. In fact, the ability to pursue excellence on both levels while maintaining a fulfilling social life won him over during the college selection process.

“When I came to Cortland for the first time, I could just tell that everyone enjoyed being here,” Jeremy says. “It might sound like a small thing, but everyone had Cortland gear on. I just liked that about the atmosphere.”
He felt comfortable from day one, as both a capable business economics major and a reliable shooting guard on the basketball squad. And the results certainly showed it. He appeared in every game during his career, emerging as one of the team’s leaders as a sophomore.

And just as Jeremy’s role on the hardwood ascended, so too did his appreciation for what he learned in the classroom. A Principles of Marketing class helped him develop foundational real-world skills and interest in a future job. He now finds himself able to articulate business ideas in a presentation as easily as he can knock down three pointers in crunch time.

His calm, business-like demeanor also helped Jeremy play a pivotal role in his team’s success and earn several individual honors along the way.

“I’ve learned a lot of things in school and in basketball because I got to meet a lot of good people,” says Jeremy, who wants to explore a marketing career in a warm-weather climate after graduation. “A lot of great memories came from those relationships.”