Taylor Jensen, a third-year student at Saint Louis University School of Law, serves as the managing editor for the Journal of Health Law and Policy and is vice president of the Women Law Students’ Association.
What are some of your proudest career accomplishments? As I near graduation, I think my fellow graduating peers would support me in saying surviving law school will be a feat worthy of such a title, as most of us end our “careers” as students — an inexplicable experience, but an accomplishment for which I am eternally grateful.
What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? Growing up I couldn’t decide if possessing such strong opinions was a blessing or a curse. Throughout my teenage years, my father can assure you that it was a curse, but as I reach the end of law school and my educational career, I have learned having opinions, ones in which you truly believe, is a blessing, as having compassion driving my convictions is an attribute about myself I don’t think I ever would change.
What has been your favorite part of your studies? The people. I never will know what I have done to deserve such phenomenal people in my life, but I must have done something right.
What is something that would surprise people about you? I have a B.A. in French. With law school came a whole new dictionary of words and terms, with which most of the world, outside the legal context, lack familiarity.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given or received? The principle I strive to represent is “work hard and be nice.” I think some people confuse those two qualities as being disjunctive, but I fail to see how someone could strive for happiness or success without either of them.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? I had always wanted to be a teacher. I credit every past and future feat to the dedicated patience of the educators in my life. Finishing my 20th consecutive year as a student, I am the product of inspiring educators. What kid doesn’t want to be her own hero when she grows up?