A story of self-discovery and independence.
I thought I needed everyone to like me.
My family came to the U.S. to find a “better life,” but I have to decide what that looks like for me.
“Sometimes I look in the mirror and it takes me a moment to recognize the person looking back at me.”
Honestly? That depends.
Everything is so much clearer than before.
July 2015: Slow Motion
At the diner with my past selves.
Being yourself is hard when your family has a different idea of what that means.
I know that I’m going in the right direction, because it’s one that I chose.
March’s theme is TEAM SPIRIT. 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!