How do you separate yourself from your shadow?
Here come all the emotions at once.
My hijab is not the internet’s problem.
Ways to keep friendships alive.
Living like a stereotypical teen, if only vicariously.
Things that get me red in the face.
Revisiting middle school goals and daydreams.
Learning to protect myself and project my voice.
Learning to communicate with mom when she’s far away.
Tips for soothing yourself after a separation.
May's theme is GROWING PAINS. 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!