Andrea Fuwa – Collegiate Varsity Hockey Player

Waterville, ME

I am a third generation Taiwanese American. My grandmother immigrated here from Taiwan. In my opinion my Taiwanese heritage makes me unique.

fuwa.andrea3Who are you?

I was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. I have a brother, Daniel, who is 14 months younger than me and a sister, Carolyn, who is 5 years younger than me. My mother, Elsa is second generation Taiwanese American (born in the same hospital as me) and my father, Lester immigrated to Canada from Korea.  We also have a Brittany Spaniel named Kerry. I have spent most of my life growing up in the Chicago-land area. I attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois and I currently attend Colby College in Waterville, Maine. I will graduate in May 2010 with a major in Economics with a concentration in financial markets and a second major in History. In fall 2010 I will be working with Ernst and Young in their transfer pricing practice.

What do you do?

After high school I decided to attend Colby, where I played (season ended in March) DIII Varsity ice hockey for the past four years and senior year I was an assistant captain. College hockey took up most of my time, we had practice 5 times a week for 2 hours and weekends I spent most of my time on a bus traveling to away games. Balancing school and hockey has always been tricky, but I love being part of a team. I enjoy to run during my spare time and take spinning classes. I also love to ski, the past 2 spring breaks we have taken family vacations to Deer Valley. During the summers I hang out with my high school friends and my family (we all get along.) We enjoy going to the beach and watching movies.

Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?

I am a third generation Taiwanese American. My grandmother immigrated here from Taiwan. In my opinion my Taiwanese heritage makes me unique. When people try to guess my background they never get it right and I always make sure to correct them.

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