Bear Pause: Sovady Phe Huston '98

Sovady Phe Huston Bear Pause Alumni

Sovady Phe Huston '98 loves to spend time with her husband and kids, which turns out to be a blessing as they practice “Safer at Home.” Sovady has a passion for volunteering and was enjoying her community through her commitment at the nonprofit Prepare + Prosper. She now sews facemasks to donate to local law enforcement and senior community members. She continues to work from home for Medtronic and has taken on a part-time role as teacher to her kids. It’s been an adventure!

Q: What is the most surprising thing about you?
A: I am often described as sweet and flexible, but under the right conditions I become rather fierce and unyielding. It usually comes out when I see or experience injustice.

Q: What is your idea of a fruitful day?
A: Sleeping in and putting on fun socks. A day spent with my family, living our values; then settling in with some creating and reading, ending with some quality time with my husband.

Q: What book has influenced you greatly? How?
A: The earliest book I remember influencing me greatly is "The Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I was compelled by how [the protagonist] Sara Crewe led through kindness and by example no matter her circumstances. Thinking back I understand now that she embodied traits that I value — resourcefulness, resilience and kindness.

Q: What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
A: Where the kids are and how they slept

Q: If someone rented a billboard for you, what would you put on it?
A: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou

Q: If you could live inside any sitcom, which one would it be?
A: “The Good Place.” Who doesn't want to be involved in figuring out the afterlife?

Q: What is something you learned in the last week?
A: Consciousness is very slow. 

Q: What story does your family always tell about you?
A: Depends on who you ask. My mom would always tell the story of how I helped get them out of a town in Cambodia just before it was bombed. 

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A: “Overboard,” Ingrid Michaelson

Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: Walking around the neighborhood with my brother and sister, especially going to the library and stopping at the convenience store to get candy.

Q: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
A: Sushi