Student Spotlight: Alexis Taitel

May 17, 2019
Alexis Taitel

Prior to your arrival at Boyd last August, you worked for the U.S. Department of State. What stood out about that experience?

Very often, whatever was happening in the news had direct effects on our daily work, which made for some rather interesting and challenging days at the office. More personally, what stood out about my experience is that my job brought me to places I may have never had the opportunity to visit otherwise, including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic, and Austria.
Tell us about your studies at the University of Oklahoma as a Truman Scholar.  

My years at OU were overwhelmingly fulfilling and happy. I was fortunate to have many leadership opportunities as a student, including bringing influential public figures to speak on campus, consulting for local nonprofit organizations, and managing a mayoral campaign. Being named a Truman Scholar in honor of President Truman’s commitment to public service was the ultimate way to conclude my time at OU and is the greatest honor of my life.
As you progress through your first year at Boyd, what's surprised you the most?  

I am constantly impressed by the breadth and strength of Boyd’s connections in the Las Vegas legal community and in Nevada as a whole. I greatly value the opportunities Boyd students have — even in our first year — to directly engage with community leaders, such as judges, lawmakers, and scholars.
Got a favorite podcast?

I absolutely love podcasts and listen to many, but my favorite is “This American Life.” It has made me laugh and cry, and I never know what to expect when I turn an episode on, which is part of what I love so much! I highly recommend it, especially to those who are looking for a good “first” podcast.

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