Tufts asks Class of 2018 wannabes, ‘What does #YOLO mean to you?’

The 161-year-old university adopts a meme from social media to get a glimpse at its next round of prospective students.

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As part of its application, Tufts University is asking the Class of 2018: “What does #YOLO mean to you?” The university is known for the quirky, unconventional use of social media in its application process, but this year is the first time it’s jumping on a trending meme and popular Twitter hashtag.

Here’s the full writing prompt from the Tufts Admissions Department:

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?

Other offbeat essay topics include, “What makes you happy?” and, “Celebrate your nerdy side,” but few things beat imagining an admissions officer reading thousands of submissions on the subject of YOLO.

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