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In less than 300 words, please explain what #YOLO means to you and how will you apply it in your undergraduate experience?:
#YOLO the frequented phrase used by my generation to justify a reckless or rash decision such as cliff jumping, sneaking out of the house, or fulfilling one’s craziest stunts. But beneath the laughter and recklessness, those four letters hold significant value and reminds us of the sole life we live, of which we are unaware the duration. You Only Live Once: a powerful reminder that has been reduced to four letters meant to mask the seriousness of its meaning. A reminder to grasp life by the horns; to put your desires above your fears. But to overcome one’s fear can appear more daunting than the reward and so the creation of #YOLO arose. #YOLO fabricates a nonchalant feeling that empowers us to face that risk and overcome that barrier, while reminding us that we may never get another chance to do so, so what better time than the present?
#YOLO reminds me to pursue my passions no matter how varied or outlandish they may be. It empowers me to apply for that research position I may feel under-qualified for, or to join the volunteer group that chooses to spend their Saturday mornings on a farm to provide fresh produce for the food banks in the greater Cleveland area. It empowers me to learn Mandarin, a language that I had admired for many years but never had the opportunity to fully pursue. It motivates me to be outgoing and contributing to discussions whether about the latest Russian literature or new development in science. I will be all these things and more because I do only have one life and intend to live it to the fullest, especially in college when there are a variety of experiences and opportunities open for the taking, and what better time than the present.