Samantha Sepulveda’s story of success begins in the Dominican Republic, where she was born in 1984. The young girl and her sister were raised by their mother, who did her best to support her family while being a full-time mom. When she was a bit older, Samantha’s family decided to immigrate to the United States, believing that better horizons were waiting there.
Things did improve considerably, as Samantha’s mother was given the opportunity of working in a New York factory. The family earned a lot more money than before and decided to live in New York. Despite having a rough start in her life, Samantha grew to be a principled, disciplined, and highly ambitious girl.
Most parents expect their children to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, or even company CEOs. What daughters don’t usually go for, is a career in law enforcement, but that’s exactly what Samantha wanted. She expressed her desire to work as a police officer early on, which made her family extremely concerned. This was a very dangerous job, especially for her.
You see, Samantha not only faced the risk of fighting crime as a woman, but she was also just five-foot-two-inches tall. Despite these hazards and challenges, the ambitious woman was determined to become a police officer. She believed she could do it, and nothing was going to stand in her way.
Breaking Through Barriers
While dealing with her family’s disapproval was one thing, Samantha knew that getting past sneers and cynical remarks from colleagues would be different. As a police officer, she was not only risking getting badgered by co-workers, but also by the criminals she would be dealing with on a daily basis. But despite the risks, Samantha was not going to settle for anything less than what she deserved.
For some reason, the young woman was extremely passionate about joining the force. Perhaps she wanted the chance to change police relations with minorities, or maybe it was all about serving the public. Either way, Samantha was prepared to do whatever it took to get enlisted and decided to leverage her femininity instead of having to ignore and hide it.
Challenges and Setbacks
While many ladies have secured a job in law enforcement, it was clear that there were many obstacles in Samantha’s path that a man wouldn’t have to face. Women have cemented their position in the workplace in recent years, but prejudice and a lack of respect are still major setbacks. This lack of equality was especially true when it came to being a police officer.
Samantha would regularly get laughed at by her co-workers, which only made her even more determined. It was the perps, however, who really got under her skin, as many of them would attempt to flirt with her and say things like “you can arrest me anytime sweetheart”. Still, nothing was going to stop this young lady from becoming the district’s finest police officer.
Samantha knew that she would have a lot more to prove than the average male police officer. Despite her small frame and feminine look, she never even considered trying to skip the demanding physical exams it took to get the job. But at her current abilities, Samantha knew there was no way she would be able to pass the test. It was time to buckle up and start training.
The up-and-coming policewoman started a highly intense workout regimen that worked on stretching her body, mind, and spirit to their limit. She signed up for the gym and began building up her physical and mental abilities. Soon enough, Samantha’s efforts paid off, and she became one of the only female officers in the Long Island Police Department.