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Editor’s Letter

September 2013: Victory

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROOKIES!

As of this Thursday, this website will be two years old. Crazy, right? I can’t quite wrap my brain around it. What I CAN wrap my brain around is that I am a happier person because every month, a bunch of talented people make a bunch of exquisite stuff, and then a bunch of smart, funny, thoughtful people read and look at and comment on it. What lovelier cycle is there? The MENSTRUAL one? How CLOUDS get made? (Sorry, Mother Nature!) You guys are the best, and we get to do this only because you read it, and we get better when you tell us what you need or share your own work, so please continue to do all of the above, along with continuing to be your beautiful selves. ♥

This month’s theme is VICTORY, and I must credit Amy Rose for the terrific idea. Here’s what Anaheed said about it when we asked our staffers for ideas:

It’s important to talk about stuff like depression and sadness and the pain of being a teenager and the pain of being a girl in an anti-girl world. It is essential that We As a Society listen to girls when they tell us that stuff, and I love that Rookie is a place where they can feel safe sharing it and, in doing so, can see that they’re not alone and can maybe even feel a little bit taken care of. But it’s equally important, I think, to do something we aren’t quite as wont to do, for so many reasons (including: healing seems more urgent, sad times are less talked about in general and we wanna fill a vacuum, as a group we tend to be maybe slightly more prone to depression/anxiety than a random sampling of the population—though maybe that could be said of any group of mostly young mostly girls), and that is to CELEBRATE our VICTORIES. We are encouraged to be insecure. Stepping up and saying HEY I’M AWESOME is taboo for girls, but it’s like, you know Beyoncé doesn’t give a shit if people think she’s “stuck-up” or “too intimidating” or “full of herself.” I see this month as VERY BEYONCÉ. Beyoncé, Gabby Douglas, Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie. People who are unapologetic about how awesome they are.

I also see VICTORY as: Standing up to people. Standing up especially to AUTHORITY. Being proud of yourself, both for stuff that other people are impressed by and for stuff that other people might laugh at you for. SCHOOL SPIRIT—like, even if you’re the black-eyeliner-wearing alterna-kid smoking weed under the bleachers, it’s all right to have your heart filled with LOVE for and LOYALTY to the people around you, even the ones you don’t know. Rookie is your virtual cheerleader this month, being all RAH RAH every time you accomplish something, big or small.

I like this idea for September because high school is so depressing!! I had forgotten exactly HOW shitty it was and then at some point this spring there was a day that Tavi and Ruby were both texting me photos from INSIDE THE WALLS OF THE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL and I was like OH MY GOD IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN I THOUGHT. And so September seems like a time when everyone needs a boost.

HATERS AND LOVERS OF HIGH SCHOOL ALIKE, this one’s for you. Personally, I go back and forth (like most people?), but I’ll save all those thoughts for some giant reflection at the end of the year when I graduate. Graduate! Senior year! WEIRD. I got pretty sentimental about it on my first day of classes last week, so here’s a playlist I made of 13 songs about being between the ages of 13 and 18.

Illustration by Minna.

Illustration by Minna.

Enjoy this month, and this school year!

Love,
Tavi

85 Comments

  • HollinsCollins September 2nd, 2013 3:25 PM

    Are you guys having a meetup in NYC anytime soon?

    • Anaheed September 2nd, 2013 3:27 PM

      We’re doing some stuff next month for the release of the second Yearbook. Stay tuned!

  • dreamygirl September 2nd, 2013 3:31 PM

    You guys really make me happy, especially since this is what I was thinking about last night?? I might have some ideas for this month and even though I’m always really terrified about submitting I might anyway. Loving you so much, thanks to the babest Amy Rose for this and I’m really looking forward to this month.

  • Mylittlepony September 2nd, 2013 3:33 PM

    Gawd I love Rookie! I often find myself wondering how i survived without it…And Happy Birthday! Two years is a ripe old age, and you deserve everything you’ve got! rookie is amazing, you are amazing…I’m babbling, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  • insanejane September 2nd, 2013 3:35 PM

    I watched The Sound of Music on Saturday night and Sixteen going on Seventeen is playing indefinitely in my head since :)
    thank you for this month which seems awesome :D
    http://www.yellowintherainbow.tumblr.com

  • rosiesayrelax September 2nd, 2013 3:41 PM

    16 going on 17 was on repeat for my last year of high school. Julie Andrews, stay awesome.

    http://rosieandthewolf.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Rosie_Cooties September 2nd, 2013 3:46 PM

    Great theme!
    I was called up about an hour ago saying ‘I got the job’ (for a Tesco supermarket – Personal Shopper heheh), which I’m so so so happy about because I can start earning enough to save up for a lovely summer 2014 and use my spare time for art and creative projects and and… I decided to stop going to University and I’m really rather glad. And I have the opportunity to go back another time when I’m ready luckily.

    Aren’t job interviews (well any kind of interview actually) horrible things??

    Anyway, VICTORY! woo!

  • Logan September 2nd, 2013 3:51 PM

    You guys should totes come to Delaware for a meetup! We are a fabulous place, I swear. I love you guys at Rookie <3

    • Ginny September 2nd, 2013 4:38 PM

      You’re from Delaware too?!? BE MY FRIEND

  • heartshapedbox September 2nd, 2013 4:00 PM

    MR. ROSSO I’M SCREECHING
    but omg so excited

  • strawberryhair September 2nd, 2013 4:01 PM

    I love this theme! You guys are the best. It feels so fitting right now bc this year I’m really pumped about going back to school and I love you guys for talking about le VICTORY yay xxxxxxx <3

  • Catelyn September 2nd, 2013 4:05 PM

    Ahhh! This theme came at such a great time! I’m a senior and feel very anxious, sad, lonely, and I’m trying to embrace who I am whole heartedly and you guys are awesome! <3

  • AidaA September 2nd, 2013 4:06 PM

    Happy almost birthday Rookie! I love this editor’s letter and theme. Everybody tells me I’m too hard on myself so I’m going to take every single day of this theme to heart and try to celebrate myself some more! Thank you Rookie for everything!

    -Aida

    http://sunshinesuperwoman.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sophie ❤ September 2nd, 2013 4:07 PM

    I am so overly excited for this month’s Rookie articles!I love that you chose music for this article, too.

    http://theneonpapaya.com

  • GabbyCat September 2nd, 2013 4:07 PM

    Thank you guys so much for two years of being the only website that really understands.

    • strawberryhair September 2nd, 2013 4:20 PM

      That <3

    • amescs September 2nd, 2013 4:29 PM

      yes yes yes EXACTLY my thoughts <3

    • Marian September 2nd, 2013 8:25 PM

      My sentiments exactly!! Thank you Rookie for bringing together amazing and like-minded people <3<3

      • sissiLOL September 3rd, 2013 3:46 AM

        Yes!!! Thank Rookie so much for great articles like THIS here over my comment and for bringing together all this crazy fantastic girls!!!! And for teaching us that we are ALL GREAT!!!! That is was girls between 13 and 18 need, i think. :-D
        Is there any german rookie?! Please reply my comment!!!!

  • Unicorn Heels September 2nd, 2013 4:07 PM

    Boston, anyone? :D It’s fun (yes, including during our effing cold winters), trust me.

    Just on a minor note – About where has the biggest rookie writer and reader alike participation? Just curious. :3

  • eesmee September 2nd, 2013 4:08 PM

    Okay this is my favourite theme so far!!

  • Erin. September 2nd, 2013 4:11 PM

    Hey Tavi, just wanted to say that you sound really happy, and that if you are happy, I’m happy for you.

    September should be an interesting month. I don’t think I know much about Victory, so maybe I’ll learn something.

    And I hope Rookie comes to Toronto again this year!

    Thank ye kindly for everything ye do.

    • syd September 2nd, 2013 4:37 PM

      yes a toronto meetup would be awesome! <33

  • sarah.thepolyglot September 2nd, 2013 4:12 PM

    Can we add “Nineteen” by Tegan & Sara?

  • thebrownette September 2nd, 2013 4:14 PM

    It’s so weird to “be the seniors” now…any other Rookies looking at Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Swarthmore, Bucknell….?

    • meganthehuman September 2nd, 2013 8:08 PM

      Yes! I have so many colleges on my list, I seriously need to narrow it down. Swarthmore was absolutely gorgeous and seemed like the type of environment I would enjoy. I also really liked Northampton when I briefly visited Smith, and Barnard was cool too – NYC!

    • kathryn-s September 2nd, 2013 11:00 PM

      I’m looking at Barnard! And I completely agree. So weird.

    • Laurataur September 3rd, 2013 4:08 AM

      Hey thebrownette, I just wanted to give you some feedback about Bryn Mawr, because I went there and only lasted a semester. If you are interested in the Mawr because of it’s strong academics and women’s college history, then I say go for it. HOWEVER, I found it pretty stifling for my intellect. I’m from a semi-urban area, and it was pretty shocking to me how the students remain on campus almost all of the time. I constantly felt like I was stuck when I wanted to just catch a movie, or try a new restaurant and NO ONE would go with me or it was too difficult to get to using pubtrans. Philly is kind of a hassle to get to, and once you’re there there’s not much to do. I ended up going to New York as often as I could using mega or bolt bus. If you are the type of person who likes to make plans on the fly and sometimes feels the need to just eat a fabulous cupcake or drink a bubble tea within the hour, I’d say Bryn Mawr is not good for that. Of your list, I think Smith or Barnard would be better for that.

  • Rosie_Cooties September 2nd, 2013 4:19 PM

    Hmm…

    Hey Rookie people, not sure why but when I commented, it came up with my full name/surname instead of the username I used to log in to comment with?

    I logged in with ‘Rosie_Cooties’ for the earlier comment but it came up as my full name.

    The comment doesn’t seem to have been deleted :)

    Is there anything I need to do to sort that out?

    Or do I just have too re-register, as it says in the House Rules?

    xxx

    • Anaheed September 2nd, 2013 4:27 PM

      I fixed it. So sorry, Rosie — WordPress has a weird glitch from time to time that does that. Thanks for pointing it out; we thought it had stopped!

      • Rosie_Cooties September 2nd, 2013 4:28 PM

        Aaah I see – no worries! Thank yooo

      • Laurataur September 3rd, 2013 6:18 PM

        Hey Anaheed,

        My comments are also showing up as my full name and not my username :/

  • maddie123 September 2nd, 2013 4:24 PM

    i’m so excited for this month! september is my favorite, and i found it kind of funny how you added in all the things about getting older and different ages because i’m turning 14 today haha!!

    • soviet_kitsch September 2nd, 2013 5:12 PM

      happy birthday! <3 <3 <3

    • emlyb September 3rd, 2013 3:40 AM

      happy birthday lovely! :) <3<3

      • maddie123 September 3rd, 2013 10:43 AM

        aw thank you sweetheart! :-) <3

  • berrykins September 2nd, 2013 5:17 PM

    can we add Seventeen – Azealia Banks? it is fabulous

  • graceegrape1 September 2nd, 2013 5:18 PM

    This post is so refreshing!! As weird as that sounds…
    School is such a drag. The moment I step inside that building, I feel so rundown. I absolutely love this website and all of the writers! I’ve been reading Rookiemag for a year now and I have to say, it taught me a lot on what it is to be a girl and what we can do in this world. Thanks!~<3

    DO.RE.MI blah
    http://doremiblah.blogspot.com

  • spudzine September 2nd, 2013 5:29 PM

    OMG once again Rookie knows EXACTLY what to do and WHEN, which I and I believe many other girls love. Right now at this time in my life my focus is VICTORY. Not only VICTORY for hoping to pass junior year, but VICTORY for being myself. As someone who gets made fun of a lot, I’m starting to stand up for myself, or at least TRY to do so. I’m glad that people understand that standing up for oneself is not only hard, but girls are expected to just go with whatever happens to them, so that kind of pressure is also hard, which I’m thankful is acknowledged. Can’t wait for this month, Rookie!

    http://spudzine.tumblr.com/
    http://emotwins.tumblr.com/
    http://rockogirl.tumblr.com/

  • emeraldruby September 2nd, 2013 5:39 PM

    I’m in Australia and I absolutely completely finish high school forever and ever and ever in like two months and I’m really not feeling very victorious about it but MAYBE I WILL! I hope so. This month sounds great <3

    • emeraldruby September 2nd, 2013 5:44 PM

      Ooh and btw Tavi I saw you at the Opera House in Sydney, you were amazing!!! Thank you so much for coming to Australia YAY!

      • Tavi September 2nd, 2013 7:41 PM

        Aw thank you for coming!

  • Funky Monkey September 2nd, 2013 5:39 PM

    Alice Cooper’s I’m Eighteen!

  • Funky Monkey September 2nd, 2013 5:43 PM

    Also, YES! Let’s celebrate victories! I’ve been going through some tough shit lately and I’m so ready to celebrate!

  • Ally_O September 2nd, 2013 6:22 PM

    Your themes always suit the month/time of year so well! Seriously, this is a PERFECT theme for September. I love it!

  • rhymeswithorange September 2nd, 2013 6:23 PM

    YES MR. ROSSO

    • Laurataur September 3rd, 2013 4:13 AM

      “I’m a boy, or girl, and I’m a man, or woman, I’m EIGHTEEN!” Luvvvvv Mr. Rosso XOXOXOXOXO

  • ohclemence September 2nd, 2013 6:50 PM

    I’m really excited to read/see/listen to everything over the next month. It totally feels like a continuation of what we were all talking about at Rookie Day in Melbourne last month. Yay!

  • LilyB September 2nd, 2013 7:07 PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROOKIE! ROOKIE is literally the best thing ever! So excited for Yearbook Two!! Please do some events in LA for Yearbook Two! (although I know you just did Rookie Fest here which was amazing might I add.)

  • AnaRuiz September 2nd, 2013 7:21 PM

    This is the best monthly theme you’ve had in a while. LOOKING FORWARD TO SO MUCH AWESOMENESS.

    http://anaruizwriting.blogspot.com

  • Cara Eryn September 2nd, 2013 7:37 PM

    So glad this is the theme for the month. I need this.

  • Mr.Shankly September 2nd, 2013 8:31 PM

    Happy to be sharing the same birthday month as Rookie. Happy birthday to us!!!!

  • sictransitgloria September 2nd, 2013 8:32 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR8KfWE4yQE

    you forgot ‘sixteen blue’ by the replacements!

    • taste test September 3rd, 2013 6:06 PM

      I’m guessing they didn’t put it on there because it’s not really cheery. I love it a lot though. ♥ I’m 18 and I still relate to it way too much.

      http://xyzzyzzyzx.blogspot.com

  • itsireepie September 2nd, 2013 8:34 PM

    Aw, I love the theme and the playlist! I’m going into my sophmore year, so I’m trying to make this school year about celebrating every little victory I can get as opposed to last year’s emotional breakdowns of failing ninth grade – AND LIFE. But every little correction is a victory for me. So I’m ready for my second week of school and my 2 year anniversary of reading Rookie! Congrats, and I still think that contributing would be the coolest thing in the world, but I don’t know what to send!

    PS- A victory this weekend was finally getting the nerve to use my first sticker from Yearbook One, even though I preordered it forever ago. And ALSO, (yes, also!) I made my first collage thanks to you all! I wish I could show you it.

    • Mr.Shankly September 2nd, 2013 9:19 PM

      I finally used a sticker too out of the 3 yearbooks I have.

  • Holly September 2nd, 2013 9:09 PM

    I wish I didn’t live in Louisiana because Rookie never comes here. lol. Not that I blame you guys though, I still love you all! God, I wan’t to meet you all though!! (:

    • jaded September 2nd, 2013 10:52 PM

      i have the same problems, same place.

      • itsireepie September 3rd, 2013 9:34 PM

        Connecticut’s not as hard to get to as Louisiana, but still a place Rookie never gets to. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it actually is to get to New York from here, so there’s absolutely no way I could ever get to a NY Rookie party, even though I’d love to go to one.

        • Holly September 3rd, 2013 10:59 PM

          Wow, I always thought everywhere in that area was just like a train ride away from NYC. Movies make it seem so easy..Still I really hope I can go to a Rookie event sometime. Maybe if they come to Texas or something I can manage to make it. I would drive 5 hours to Texas to see them. I’m not joking. lol I’m glad I found some people with the same problem as me though! It seems like everyone except me is able to go. haha country problems. (:

  • jaded September 2nd, 2013 10:51 PM

    so like this article is great and anaheed is a genius like she takes the feels and makes them words but my kitten just jumped across my keyboard, scrolled down the page, and clicked the trackpad and started a comment for me, this is a victory

  • FlaG September 2nd, 2013 11:12 PM

    Congrats! I can’t believe it’s been two years since this was started! AND I CAN’T BELIEVE TAVI IS ALREADY A SENIOR, WHAT!??!?!? I remember reading her blog when she was only 14, and now…ugh this makes me feel old -_-*

  • heyashes September 3rd, 2013 8:46 AM

    amazing how rookie’s birthday is my birthday also!

  • Grace Ellen September 3rd, 2013 10:35 AM

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Rookie, for making me see that I’m not alone.

  • cloudinthesky September 3rd, 2013 11:13 AM

    rookie i’m so happy that you exist <3

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica September 3rd, 2013 11:49 AM

    This theme is gonna be awesome. <3

  • Sophii September 3rd, 2013 2:09 PM

    I’m struggling to believe that Rookie is nearly 2 years old! On one hand, it feels like it’s been here forever because visiting Rookie is pretty much part of my regular routine but I can remember so vividly when it first started :’) Tavi, I can’t believe that you’re starting your last year of high school!! I hope that you have a brilliant year and stay happy because, with all the happiness you’ve brought me and so many others, you completely deserve it. Fabulous playlist. I’m glad that Mr Rosso is on it :’) This is a great theme and I’m looking forward to this month on Rookie. Hopefully it will help me get through my first month back at school xoxo

    http://prettypassionsfinefashions.blogspot.co.uk

    http://sophiewilsonsbooks.blogspot.co.uk

  • ghoststakepolaroids September 3rd, 2013 3:16 PM

    Happy Birthday Rookieee! :)
    this is crazy I cant believe it has been two yeearssss

    and I am so happy Rookie exists it has been a huge influence and help in these past two years and I am very grateful for all of the writers and users who are super awesome!

  • Hous3cat September 3rd, 2013 5:56 PM

    Victory is such a great theme. Today I walked all the way from my physics class with my skirt accidentally tucked up behind my backpack. I had no idea my entire butt was out for the world to see. Normally I would feel mountains of embarrassment and shame. But today for some reason it feels like a victory. Embarrassment need not apply. Rookie has helped me so much to learn not to sweat the small stuff and to know that being fabulous isn’t always about being perfect. Rookie always makes me feel victorious. I love everyone on this site, and I hope you keep this up for many more years!

  • taste test September 3rd, 2013 6:11 PM

    happy birthday rookie! add me to the legions who’ve been reading from the start & can’t believe it’s been two years. my senior year of high school started two effing years ago when the hell did this happen. ANYWAY. this theme sounds super awesome and I think it will encourage me as I work to make my second year of college epic!

    http://xyzzyzzyzx.blogspot.com

  • Ladymia69 September 3rd, 2013 6:43 PM

    So glad Rookie is a Virgo like me!

  • Lilly September 3rd, 2013 10:22 PM

    we have the same birthday <3

  • whodatgal September 4th, 2013 5:37 PM

    urgh school. I’ve just started year 9 so my third year of secondary school (after elementry: years 7-11 or 13, depending on whether you change for sixth form: the two years where you study for A levels to get into uni) but i think that’s the last year of middle school in america???? idk but ugh year seven was fun and frivoulous and year eight was bitchy and competititive but I am just so sick and tired of everyone at school and I literally only like three girls out of everyone in my year. At least I have friends out of school.

    Tavi I wish we were friends.

    Ophelia xo
    http://www.opheliahorton.com

  • TinyWarrior September 5th, 2013 11:02 AM

    IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS MONTH AND ROOKIE YEAR BOOK TWO! IJRTIOIOER

  • Snacky Onassis September 5th, 2013 12:59 PM

    Ending a mixtape with Mr Rosso is equivalent to a mic drop. Game won.

  • paashaas21 September 6th, 2013 12:16 PM

    this playlist is absolutely incredible and it makes me cry! I wonder what rookie will be like in like 5 years… go rookie!

  • Graciexx September 8th, 2013 1:04 AM

    perfect playlist! <3

  • MillicentMarina September 8th, 2013 1:17 PM

    Will you ever be doing any meet ups in the UK? :) P.S I love love love this playlist