#IncomingElliott: Judy Ly

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Judy Ly is from Las Vegas, Nevada and does not live in a casino! She lives away from the Strip and much closer to Red Rock (both the casino and the Canyon). She recently graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor’s in history, with concentrations in European and American history (ask her about her Brexit honors thesis!) She also interned at the Boys and Girls Club for four years, in addition to tutoring students through the America Reads-Counts Program. In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, jam out to songs (horribly!), taking siestas, and trying out new places to eat! If you see her on campus, don’t hesitate to say hi- she’s always down for good conversations! She will be starting her Master’s in International Affairs at the Elliott School in the fall.

What’s on your bucket list when you get to DC?

Everything! I have never been to DC and I am very excited to play tourist once I arrive in August. However, I do have some required favorites since I majored in history as an undergraduate. The Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial (this one is the most personal), the National Mall, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian, and the Library of Congress are the must-sees on my bucket list. Once I settle down and become more acquainted with the city, I will explore other less-known and equally momentous historical sites such as FDR Memorial and Washington National Cathedral!

Is there anything about moving to DC/starting grad school that you’re nervous about?

So far I have lived in three different countries (Vietnam, US, Spain) and I have always experienced a level of nervous excitement about each one. I was particularly scared for Spain because I had no knowledge of Spanish prior to my semester abroad (pero después Madrid, yo puedo hablar muy bien. Jajaja.) I was nervous to live in the US too, especially when I arrived here ten years ago from Vietnam. With DC, I am particularly excited and anxious because this will be the first American city I am moving to without my family at my side. Despite my nerves, I look forward to growing as an individual, embracing “adulting” in this new chapter of my life, and meeting my wonderfully diverse and talented cohort at the Elliott School. 

What are you looking forward to about starting your MA program?

I have researched about the MAIA program at the Elliott School carefully and couldn’t have been happier when I found out about my acceptance. I’m particularly thrilled to learn more about the IA/IR field. Given how conflicts around the world have become abundant in the recent years. I especially cannot wait to learn more about conflict resolutions as part of my thematic specialization. Thus, I look forward to meeting the world-class professors, interacting with the staff and other faculty, and of course, having meaningful discussions with my fellow classmates and making friends out of strangers!

How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?

Pineapple belongs on pizza. No explanation needed.

The #IncomingElliott series highlights the Elliott School’s incoming graduate class for Fall 2018 and seeks to answer common questions posed by prospective, current, and incoming students. For more information or to submit questions, e-mail esiagrad@gwu.edu.