“There are people and outlets to help you carry that weight, but you have to be the one to find them before it gets too heavy.”
My school’s new dress code is meant to protect students, but it antagonizes an expression of black identity.
Hearing stories about my aunt limited my view of my mental illness. Talking to her expanded it.
Both things are true: I’m proud to be queer, and I have so much more to offer than who I choose to kiss.
I chose aviation studies because I’d never heard of a female pilot who was also a refugee.
On the growing pains of online activism.
On storytelling, and other things my grandmother taught me.
Tips and tricks for calming your nerves and engaging your audience.
In the U.S., gun ownership has become central to people’s identities. So, too, has student activism.
On shedding a previous life experience, unlearning, and relearning.
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Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!