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?
The challenge was to avoid feelings I was too afraid to face.
Finding a place in a fandom can feel like coming home.
I strengthened my girlhood while curating it in a world that questioned it.
Plus a tribute to Marina Keegan, the cutest pig on Instagram, and the ever-wonderful Tilda Swinton.
Books that helped us come of age.
August’s theme is FILL IN THE BLANK.
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!