College application: What does #YOLO mean to you?

An essay question on the application to Tufts University references Canadian pop singer Drake and asks prospective students, “What does #YOLO mean to you?”

The acronym stands for “you only live once,” and was made popular in Drake’s 2011 song “The Motto.”

“You only live once — that’s the motto n**** YOLO / And we ’bout it every day, every day, every day,” raps Drake. “Clubbing hard, fuckin’ women ain’t much to do.”

Since Drake popularized the phrase, it has become a frequent Twitter hashtag and motto for young people. Zac Efron has it tattooed on his hand.

The full essay prompt on the application to be part of the Tufts University Class of 2018 also references ancient Rome and Jonathan Larson.

“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?” asks the prompt.

Applicants have their choice of six possible questions. Instead of weighing in on #YOLO, they can tackle “What makes you happy?” or “Celebrate your needy style,” among other choices.

The application period ends Friday night at 11:59 PM. #YouOnlyApplyOnce

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