Tufts University asks applicants: "What Does #YOLO Mean to You?"

The liberal arts school bases one of six essay prompts on Drake's infamous hashtag


Prachi Gupta
July 12, 2013 1:59AM (UTC)

Private liberal arts college and out-of-touch dad Tufts University wants to know what "#YOLO" means to the Class of 2018. For the uninitiated, #YOLO is the horribly irresponsible acronym/hashtag/neologism coined by Drake, and stands for "You Only Live Once." Tufts, known for its off-the-wall essay questions, provides six essay prompts, one of which asks students the following:

E) The ancient Romans started it when they coined the phrase "Carpe diem." Jonathan Larson proclaimed "No day but today!" and most recently, Drake explained You Only Live Once (YOLO). Have you ever seized the day? Lived like there was no tomorrow? Or perhaps you plan to shout YOLO while jumping into something in the future. What does #YOLO mean to you?

High school seniors: as tempting as that question is to answer, do not take the bait. The far better question to answer is question D, which is not a question at all, but a righteous command:

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D) Celebrate your nerdy side.

And here is your answer.

h/t Hairpin


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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