Meera Hatangadi has had a passion for writing since she was little, but when she entered high school, she said it became clear to her that she wanted to write about real and relevant issues. Through her work with High School Insider and her school newspaper, she aims to shed light on underrepresented communities and open up the conversation to different viewpoints.
Born in Arizona, Meera Hatangadi and her family moved to Bangalore, India when she was three years old. She lived there for 10 years and discovered her love for Bharatanatyam, a style of classical Indian dance.
In 2016, Hatangadi returned to California where she moved even further. Over the span of four years, she attended three different high schools, all located in different locations. Although she has been on the move a lot, Hatangadi said dancing and journalism have always brought some consistency to her life.
Hatangadi has been dancing the Bharatanatyam style for over 10 years and using it as a form of expression. In 2017, she produced Arangetram: a solo-performance graduation where dancers have the opportunity to show their years of training.
“It instilled in me different values that I consider very important, like discipline, appreciation of my own culture and just gratitude in everything I do to understand that helped me get to where I am” , Hatangadi said.
During all the different moves, Hatangadi said she found journalism as an outlet to impact her community. During her sophomore year, she joined the journalism club at her former school University High School. From then on, she wrote articles and participated in “People’s Profiles”, a school podcast in partnership with HSI. She has also been a member of the HS Insider Student Advisory Board since 2020.
One of Hatangadi’s favorite stories she worked on with SAB was about History of deaf art, which was part of a series for Deaf History Month. At the time, she said this type of story was completely new to her and more of a research project. She was challenged to interview artists, do extensive research, and do extensive fact-checking to ensure her story was an accurate and respectful representation of this community.
During her freshman year at UHS, she joined her school’s newspaper sword and shieldwhere she wrote in the features column.
“I really enjoy writing feature films because I’m able to present more underrepresented stories…or display aspects of different cultures that haven’t been displayed before,” she said. .
Hatangadi will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall. She plans to specialize in communications with a concentration in business communications.
“As for my dream job, I really want to work at the UN,” Hatangadi said.
Whether that goal stays the same or not, she said she hopes to give back to her community and make the world a better place.
“I see her connecting [with her community] by joining clubs that helped people get supplies at the start of the pandemic and by raising awareness with her articles,” said her sister Priya Hatangadi.
Throughout the High School Insider internship, Meera Hatangadi is excited to collaborate with other interns to understand different ways to approach journalism. She hopes to get involved in unexplored aspects of journalism such as videography, photography and podcasting. She also mentioned her enthusiasm to learn from professionals who can teach her what the industry is like and how to make her articles have a wider impact.