Hapshiba Kwon is a sophomore studying English at Amherst College. She works as a reading mentor and editor-in-chief for a multilingual blog at her school, and enjoys singing in an acapella group and biking in her free time. Read more of her writing here: eauderain.wordpress.com.

Accept or Decline
Me, My Self, and My Social Media Self
By Hapshiba Kwon

Crap. She friended me. “She” is Sofia, from my English class. I like her a lot. She’s funny, talented, intelligent, and I want to be her friend. It’s my second year at Amherst College, a small liberal arts school in western Massachusetts, and despite its small population of just under 2,000 students, I’ve found it difficult to forge deep, genuine relationships here — friendships that go beyond remembering birthdays on Facebook, a follow-back on Instagram, and a few pictures on feeds that remind each other that the other still exists.