Name: Kristen Douthit
Profession: Human Resources Coordinator
what area of the BX are you from?: Co-Op City - Section 5
current location: Washington, D.C.
Kristen and I met as elementary school students at Regent School on E 216th Street and White Plains Road. We went our seperate ways to different schools and reconnected years later through social media! Unbeknownst to us, we were neighbors for years (in Co-op/ Sec. 5) and she is also my Soror! (Skee-Wee!)
Tell us about yourself:
I mean, to be quite honest, I am super duper fun, but like lowkey if that makes sense. I enjoy hanging out with family, my friends, and my girLS (shout out to Gamma Theta -1908). Most of the time I am either dancing in the mirror, looking on pinterest for my next outfit, or at home watching Chopped. I love love LOVE music and I honestly believe that I am faster than Shazaam. I take pride in my stellar penmanship and amazing memory.
What are your fondest memories of growing up in the Bronx?
My fondest memories would have to be going to summer camp (MMCC Day Camp) and going to so many Yankee games. My aunt worked there so I had the plug at a very young age. Lol
Do you feel as though being from the Bronx has heavily influenced who you are today?
Absolutely. Living in a city where my family isn’t I have this if you can make it here you can make it anywhere mentality. The Bronx has taught me to be strong, secure, and confident. No matter where I go people can always tell I’m from New York. I take so much pride in being from the Bronx.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
My mom and grandmother for sure as well as Sarah Jakes Roberts. She is literally my spirit animal on the highest spiritual level.
What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
Honestly, leaving New York to go to school is my greatest accomplishment. Although I had to leave home, I was able to grow so much and learn from different people all while schooling them on how things are done in the Bronx. Going to school in Virginia made me who I am today. Shoutout to Hampton U!!
If you could, in what ways would you give back to your community?
I would love to give back my doing a Prom Dress Drive. I think self-image and self-confidence is a major part of being a woman. With the prom dress drive, I would help high school girls that are facing financial difficulties and are in need of a dress. It doesn’t take a ton of money to be the belle of the ball and I truly believe that every girl should experience that.
If someone were visiting the Bronx, where would you tell them to go?
They have to go to Nick’s Pizza! They are the definition of real New York pizza. So greasy, so good! The Bronx Zoo of course - I mean how could you not. One place I WISH someone could go to would be Skate Key also known as The Key, but it no longer exists. (Uber sad face)