“I was so excited to be a teenager.”
A series of drawings on disappointment.
Look away now.
There are resources all around you.
Taking what you have and making something extraordinary.
The dreams we keep in sealed boxes are both alive and dead until we peek inside.
When you realize the Big Goal you’ve been working toward isn’t what you want.
Responsibility hurtled toward me like a high-speed train.
On Beyoncé’s Lemonade, black girlhood, and forgiving my father.
Dealing with the silent treatment, justifying your decisions, and coming back from the words “I’m so disappointed in you.”
May’s theme is GRADUATION. For details on how to send us your work, please read our Submit page. ✴
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!