I wanted to be someone’s first choice.
There is so much more to become.
My family came to the U.S. to find a “better life,” but I have to decide what that looks like for me.
I thought looking good would mean freedom from anxiety and depression.
I moved out the summer before high school, and it’s a decision I still struggle with.
I strengthened my girlhood while curating it in a world that questioned it.
When the person you’re with has a “big personality,” where does that leave you?
Don’t worry if you can’t find the words right away—courage comes in many forms.
Tips on stigma, diagnosis, treatment, dissociation, and exercising empathy.
A story about feeling joy in my body.
May’s theme is HOMESTRETCH.
Here’s what kinds of submissions we’re looking for, plus info on how to send us your work. ✴
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!