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Meet Dianejili Dookhie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dianejili Dookhie.

Hi Dianejili, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am originally from Guyana in South America. As a child I was lucky enough to see and experience many different places and cultures. Being able to live in not only Guyana, but also having the opportunity to visit and reside in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and ofcourse now the United States. I moved her in 2017 with my mother just as I was entering my Junior year of Highschool. We moved from Guyana to Brooklyn, New York where I completed High School and graduated as the Valedictorian. After Highschool, I moved to Lawrence too attend the University of Kansas, where I am currently a Junior majoring in Architecture with a minor in Psychology.

Today I am not only a student or immigrant, but I see myself as a hard worker whom loves to learn and who is creative.  During the pandemic I started to think about ways I could be more creative and that led me to Social Media. All my life, I have strived in the pursuit of staying creative, whether it maybe studying Architecture, learning a new trade or even learning the ways of Social Media and photography. Social Media and Photography has over the past year and half became an essential part of my life. It has not only allowed me to stay creative, but to also build a community people who share the same love of Social media. It has allowed me to connect and network with others who have similar interests, especially in a time where people found themselves isolated. 

Not only have I been able to form real bonds with people, but I am privileged enough to say I have gained valuable marketing and networking experiences. This all comes from working with companies such as On Campus Marketing, Boxed Water, Victoria PINK, Bumble and even Prime Student. I find these experiences so invaluable because it has allowed to become a more confident person, who is able to value myself at a higher level. Someone who has is more comfortable with herself. Through these I have also gained important skills and knowledge into understanding the ways in which media works and how it can unknowingly shape our day to day lives within society. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to being who I am today is not without hardships or pain. But I have always had the best support sheering along all of my life and that is mother. I may have not endured these discomforts or hardships firsthand, however I have firsthand witnessed the struggles of life by someone who is undoubtedly strong and persistent. My mother has always worked her hardest to provide with everything I could ever need and then some. Growing up a third world country has its good and its bad. I remember the poverty and having no real access to the endless resources I have today, I remember the father who was the abusive husband and scarce father. But apart from all of that, I also remember the hardworking mother, who worked 12 plus hours a day, 7 days a week. I remember the loving and embracing the family that was always there. I remember having more than I could ever ask for in place where necessities were a luxury. So, I didn’t experience the smoothest growing up but I wasn’t one who overcame them, my mother was and today I am grateful and I wouldn’t have been as privileged as I am today.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
First and foremost, I am student with a willingness to learn. The thing that makes me stand out are my thoughts in understanding how different things I am interested in relate to each other. I have many interests all of which I fit together like puzzle pieces to create a bigger picture. Often, I get asked, if I love social media so much why am I studying Architecture or Psychology instead of marketing or media. However, I love Architecture as much as or even more than I love social media. But the way I see it is that I am intrigued by people, the way they move, why they act the way they do and how does our environment shape the movement of people. I believe that Social media and marketing steers people in different directions, it navigates the way in which people act socially amongst peers or online. In the same way, Architecture, the built environment has the same impact on people in the physical world. From the paths we walk to the way we use a door or formulate what is supposed to be happening in a space. I always have these ideas floating around in my head as I try to understand how to connect all my interests and as I try to understand myself in a way. 

My entire brand as one may say is myself trying to figure out the ways in which I am intrigued and why I think the way do. I admire social media and photography because it allows me to create visual pieces that relates to my personality. And I pursue Architecture because I want to be able to use my personality to create visually captivating buildings and environments that are intriguing and create new perceptions of how the built environment causes us to react and interact with the world. Creativity to me means new interactions, new processes of revealing myself to the world and creating a sensory experience. This stance is what I believe sets myself apart. 

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Growing up, one of my dream jobs was to be a food blogger. Because I was able to experience new cultures and food and environments, I have always felt a deep connection with food and travel. Places I visited and/ or lived in, apart from Guyana and the United States, include the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Canada, Panama, and Jamaica. 

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