This past May Pocket and HerCampus teamed up to announce an essay contest asking college students to reflect on what its like to come of age in a hyper-online world for a 5000 cash prize and the opportunity to be published and promoted on Pocket. There were over 800 entries and we are excited to announce the winner of our contest Esther Omole and share her essay.

Angle your head between two mirrors and watch yourself watching yourself for a while. I never understood what my 7-year-old self loved about it. Sandwiched between two floor-length mirrors I would pretend that the little Black girls dancing behind me in an accordion-like formation were my back up my chorus. Now I feel suffocated by the memory of cascading versions of myself recessing further than my eyes could trace. In a hyper-online world this feeling is mirrored in the way I see my image read projected and thrust back to me by unflinching algorithms and ever-reflective screens.

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