YOLO Has Wormed Its Way Onto The Tufts University Application

Ami Angelowicz / July 12, 2013

FOMO (feeling of missing out) and its antidote, YOLO (you only live once — a saying popularized by Drake’s Twitter feed), have officially infiltrated popular culture. Those affected most deeply by this “if you are not living, you are missing out” mentality are the millennials who grew up steeped to the eyeballs in the internet, a constant reminder that what everyone else is doing is BETTER.

Case in point that FOMO and YOLO are at the forefront of young minds: Tufts University has incorporated the concept of YOLO into one of its entrance essay prompts:

“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?”

As a Generation X’er and musical theater nerd, I am pleased that they made a reference “Rent.” “No day but today” 4EVA! But really now, what do we think of a college entrance essay about YOLO? Am I the only one who finds it annoying? I move to popularize a motto I learned from a college friend: PAFU (people are fucked up). It has more edge. [Boston]