Written by Nicole Banister
The deceptively simple question, “Where are you from?” still stumps me despite the numerous attempts I make on a weekly and sometimes daily basis to answer it. For most, I imagine that this is a relatively easy question to answer; yet the complexity of my identity causes me to launch into a soliloquy of countries and cultures and experiences that make me, me.
I’ve lived in the United States, Singapore, Bolivia, and South Africa. My mom is an immigrant from Iran and my dad is Black American. I speak three languages including Spanish and Sepedi, and my four years studying diplomacy at Georgetown University were the longest I ever spent at one school. I needed more pages inserted into my passport before I was old enough to obtain a driver’s license and my friends often joke that whenever I host parties, they resemble a
UN General Assembly.
I’m a people person whose entire life has been spent navigating the nuances of different people, communities, and places. I thrive on understanding what makes people tick and connecting them with others who will tick alongside them. There’s just so much to learn, do, and see in this world, which is the reason why I love traveling and wholly immersing myself into new cultures and experiences. It has been my tremendous privilege and honor to have grown up as a global citizen. And it is with that same degree of honor, joy and excitement that I bring
you the DOCC Blog.
There are times in life when you meet someone new and instantly know you were destined to be friends forever. In a rare, serendipitous, magical aligning of cities and countries and opportunities, this is immediately how I felt when I met Sarah Mourik, the founder of DOCC. Sarah was in Cape Town completing a 6-month gynecology fellowship at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the world. I was living in Cape Town working for an international adolescent health organization that uses soccer to empower young people to practice safer sexual behaviors. We were introduced over lunch via a mutual friend who had a hunch we may hit it off. This friend knew us both well, and she was absolutely right.
Our collaboration on the DOCC Blog is analogous to our friendship — completely spontaneous, hilariously honest, unconditionally supportive, and authentically aligned with our deepest passions. Sarah and I recognized a unique opportunity to not only pursue our individual interests, but to also achieve greater success collectively. So, as all best friends do, we dove in head first.
The DOCC Blog is for you. For the doers. For the dreamers. For the work hard, play hard. For the globetrotters and the jetsetters. For the go-getters. For those who want to have their cake and eat it too. For those who strive for excellence in all that they do. For those who refuse to be put into a box and who smash glass ceilings. For those who aren’t afraid to put their heads down and get to work, and for those who aren’t afraid to bring their heads up and have a little – or a lot of – fun. We’ll use this space to talk about the good, the bad, the serious, the scandalous, and most importantly, the fashionable. We are the women of DOCC. Welcome to the DOCC Blog!
We’re posting a brand new article on the first Thursday of every month. Have a comment? Want to get in touch? Email me directly – I’d love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.