Escaping to worlds of our own creation.
For a year, my mother was also my high school English teacher.
It was my own great expectations that I couldn’t meet.
When you realize the Big Goal you’ve been working toward isn’t what you want.
“This is not the idyllic summer of my early high school dreams.”
Graveyards, summer checklists, and exercises in courage.
You can figure out what you want and make it happen.
Transferring schools, other people’s expectations, and life after war.
Immigration issues and a crisis of faith.
I’m happy with what I’m studying…for now.
August’s theme is DESIRE. 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!