I dreamed of a world outside the band room walls.
I didn’t want to be ridiculed, and I was suppressing myself because of it.
What do you do when your neighborhood feels like Mars?
Adulthood was never meant to be simple for me.
Even when you know someone you love is dying, there is no way to prepare for it at all.
Punk rock culture was my comfort zone, but I stuck out like a sore thumb.
I shed my Cantonese foundation and have been searching for it ever since.
His genuine celebration of all emotion inspires me to be kinder to myself.
Improv has offered a lens through which I can experience the world.
How do I know my kind of adventure is the “right” kind?
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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!