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Tufts University Application: What Does #YOLO Mean to You?

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Tufts University Application: What Does #YOLO Mean to You?

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Are you a prospective college student hoping to become a member of the class of 2018 at the prestigious Tufts University in Massachusetts? Well screw you, with your whole life ahead of you. Your stupid, internet-saturated life. Good luck with that roughly $50k a year price tag too.  As a way to better ease your transition into the fine institution of learning, the University has posed the following question to applicants: “What does #YOLO mean to you?” A question followed up, presumably, by “No, seriously, what does it mean? We hear our kids saying it all the time and it’s driving us crazy.

Actually, here’s the whole question, included as part of the writing supplement section.

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?

The rest of the questions aren’t much better, including “What makes you happy?” and  “Celebrate your nerdy side.”

In keeping with the spirit of this utterly banal exercise in pandering to teenage cretins, I will now, like the good folks at Boston Magazine, attempt to answer in a manner befitting the question.

The ancient Romans

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started it when they coined the phrase “Carpe diem.”

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Jonathan Larson proclaimed “No day but today!”

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and most recently, Drake explained You Only Live Once (YOLO).

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Have you ever seized the day? Lived like there was no tomorrow?

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Or perhaps you plan to shout YOLO while jumping into something in the future. What does #YOLO mean to you?

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