Karin Fukushima
College: Lindenwood University
Major: Business Administration
Year graduated: 2013

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.

I’m Karin Fukushima from Brazil and played for Lindenwood University from 2010 to 2013. Today, after 5 years, I am in Brazil again and working as a Senior Consultant in the Analytics practice at Deloitte.

What do you most enjoy about your profession?

I love being a consultant because you never stop learning! Every project is something new, it feels like it is a new job everytime. You get to know important people in big multinational companies and your network keeps growing all the time! Besides that, you get the chance to work abroad and have new experiences.

What else are you up to?

About tt, I was playing until last year. But since this year I decided to focus in my career, I decided to play it just for fun.
Other than that, something that I am trying to do is to go to the US every year to visit the friends I made throughout the years, and I’m very glad I could do it in these last five years.

Any wise words for the current crop of college athletes? 
Enjoy each moment! College life is awesome and for sure you will take with you all experiences and friends. It’s gonna be really fun when you get together after a few years and laugh about college stories!

Favorite NCTTA memory?
Hmmm.. this shouldnt be my favorite but it is a funny story! There was this time that I was playing a match and it was broadcasting online! And during the match I sad a few bad words in portuguese! And for me it was not a big deal because not many people would understand! Buuut after the match, Willy came to me and said: “Karin, you should watch your mouth, I understood every word you said! But the amount of comments during the match was fantastic because everybody who was watching was asking what those words meant! So, thats ok! I can forgive you!”

So, if you are an international student/player, dont say bad words, Willy can understand you! Haha!

But for sure, my best memories are the dinners after the tournament, the little parties that we had in someone’s room, the team spirit during the nationals and for sure the friends that I made.