Bear Pause: James Ly '20

James Ly class of 2020 Bear Pause

A proud Blake alum and true Minnesotan, James Ly ʼ20 loves everything about hockey. He also enjoys following the stock market and listening to NPR. A student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, James is interested in the interdisciplinary study between education and business.

Q: What book has influenced you greatly? How?
A: Certainly, “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown. It has taught me the importance of taking risks, learning from your mistakes and self-compassion.

Q: What is something you learned in the last week?
A: I learned that [fraudulent vehicle service contracts company] U.S. Fidelis is a large contributing factor to why we all get robocalls regarding our “cars extended warranty.”

Q: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
A: I would get unlimited chicken tenders and sauce from Raising Cane's.

Q: In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?
A: I love waking up early and tackling the day with full energy. I look forward to every day and am thankful for all my opportunities.

Q: What did you want to be when you were small?
A: Hands down, I wanted to be a race car driver, followed by a professional football player.

Q: What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
A: Possibly the cricket cookies served as dessert in middle school. Weird, but I did enjoy them. (Shoutout to Mr. Paterakis for setting that up!)

Q: What is one goal you'd like to accomplish during your lifetime?
A: It’s hard seeing my parents work so hard, so I would like to help them retire one day.

Q: What is the most important room in your home?
A: Probably the TV room in my basement. I have a lot of late-night memories with friends there.

Q: When was the last time you were nervous?
A: There are two recent instances. The first was at a consulting case competition, and the second was at a student organization executive board election.

Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Not necessarily associated with being a kid, but ever since graduating from Blake, I have missed the community dearly. The Blake community is like my second family. I miss being greeted by warm smiles from all the teachers every morning, sporting events and hanging out with friends during lunch.