My name is Mansi Boegemann and I am a sophomore studying journalism at ETSU. I am originally from Greeneville, Tennessee, where I graduated Greeneville High School in 2015.  My mother is the Principal of Greeneville Middle School, and my father owns Roadshow Mobile Stages. I am an only child, but I do have two dogs and four cats that I adore!

I decided to become a journalist after joining my high school yearbook staff my freshman year. The following year I became the chief editor of the staff, and in 2014 our book won a silver crown at the Colombia Scholastic Press Association’s national competition. This is the most prestigious high school journalism competition in the nation. From that point onward, I knew I wanted to write.

Today I am involved in several other organizations outside of journalism. I am a team member of a campus ministry called the Well, where I attend bible studies, set up for evening services and volunteer in the community. I am also the vice president of ETSU’s Student United Way, a service organization involved in the education, income and health of Johnson City’s community.

I am also a dance teacher at Main Street Dance Company. I’ve had a passion for dance since I first put on a pair of ballet shoes when I was two years old. I teach ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop to ages two through 18. I have taught at MSDC for two years now, and it’s one of the highlights of my week!

Looking forward, I hope to become a travel writer, possibly free-lance. I am interested in companies like National Geographic, EF Tours and Human Rights Watch, all of which offer opportunities to write while traveling.