Samantha Ortiz Flores
Samantha is currently attending Texas Wesleyan University and majoring in political science. Once receiving her bachelor’s degree, she plans to further her education at law school.
Samantha grew up being very close to her family especially since her family is small. She has a younger sister who is in high school. Her younger sister is also interested in a career in politics. Samantha has a very supportive mother and father who she is really grateful to have. She also considers her pets as her family, and her two dogs, Buddy and Maxi, are very spoiled. Both dogs are black labs, and just like most Labrador retrievers, they are incredibly sweet and intelligent.
Growing up, Samantha played soccer. Her love for that sport has continued to be very strong, although she sadly stopped playing due to her bad knees. Still, that doesn’t stop her from watching and supporting her favorite teams.
Another thing that Samantha loves to do is travel. It’s most people’s goal to travel the world, and that goal is not excluded from her bucket list. Her plans to travel have never strayed, and her list for places she would like to visit continues to grow. One of the places she would love to visit is Italy, specifically for the pasta, but the sights, culture, and history are also important. When it comes to travel, she always makes it a goal to include at least one trip a year to visit her family in her hometown in Mexico.
Another one of Samantha’s loves includes her love for sweets. Having always had a big sweet tooth, she is very fond of chocolate. She has also recently found that she’s a fan of pie, as long as the pie has fruit stuffing. However, nothing beats her love for chocolate cake. She has yet to find the perfect one and remains on the lookout for the lifechanging slice.
Although she does love sweets, she’s recently been attempting to eat healthier and exercise regularly. Not that Samantha doesn’t like exercising, or that she doesn’t feel ten times better after eating a healthy mean than a cheeseburger, but with her busy schedule of being a full-time student and working, it’s been hard to keep a consistent routine. However, besides school and work, it’s one of her top priorities.
Samantha’s interest in politics began at a very young age. Growing up, Samantha would hear stories from her great grandfather about his experience as a Bracero. Her great-grandfather worked in California in the strawberry fields. He would speak about how prior to the activism strikes and marches led by Chaves, he didn’t quite realize how poor the conditions truly were. In his mind, he was simply grateful to have a job opportunity that paid more than what he has been earning in Mexico. He worked as a bracero for several years prior to National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) founded by activist Cesar Chavez. Hearing about how conditions were and how conditions became after the NFWA really inspired Samantha to do as much as she possibly could to improve the life of others.
With improving her community and the life of others constantly in her mind, Samantha made it a goal to do something meaningful with her career.
At first, and possibly due to too many nights binge-watching Criminal Minds, her dream was to become a phycologist and study the behavior or criminals. However, the more stories that were told to her of the experiences that Samantha’s great grandfather had lived through trying to provide a better life for his family, the more that she began to look into policies and social justice organizations.
Samantha became the first person in her family to go to college. Setting a path for her sister to follow is something that she was always told to do, and she feels proud to have accomplished that. In less than a year, Samantha will be the first one to graduate college. Her goal of making her parents proud will be complete, but her own personal goal of advancing her career by going to law school will have just begun, and she’s very excited to further her education and do as much as she can to help all in her community.
Although she has many future plans to do big things to help, she is also doing as much as she can right now. Samantha is a part of two non-partisan organizations. Those organizations are El Voto es Latino and United Fort Worth. Being a part of organizations that aim to educate and listen to their communities is what lead to her heavy participation into non-partisan organizations.
Samantha plans on becoming an immigration attorney. It’s been a goal she has been set on for a some years, and is very excited to be able to pursue her dream. Within the last couple of years she had not been one-hundred percent sure that becoming an attorney would be the way that she could best make a difference. However, once she started working at the Brandy Austin Law Firm, and seeing how great the attorneys are with clients and how much they care about each client, she has made up her mind and decided that she wants to become another hard working and caring attorney.
Working in the family law department with Dietrich has been exciting and very educational. There has been so much information and advice that she has received. Samantha is very grateful for the great experience that working at the Brandy Austin Law Firm has provided. For that reason, and because she has a great understanding of how great everyone works together to form a very unified team, Samantha is very happy knowing that each client will receive amazing care from the team at the Brandy Austin Law Firm.