Don’t fight the YOLO

September 26, 2013




Features Editor


YOLO: the word declared before some of the best decisions I have ever made.


You only live once — the motto that some cringe from and some overuse — is most valuable to college students. As I begin my last year at Tech, I am starting to feel like Jim Carrey in the movie “Yes Man.”


For example, I said yes and wrote this column on my week off. An even better example — I said yes and came back to the Tech Talk after my summer as editor-in-chief.


At the beginning of the summer, my roommates and I took a YOLO trip. We did not book a hotel. We did not have a real destination except Orange Beach. We packed food, planned to sleep in the car and hoped we would find a public shower.


An hour into the seven-hour drive, we were eating cold macaroni and cheese from a Tupperware container. We did sleep in the car that night, but we got a hotel the next night. Never in my life have I been so happy to take a shower.


It was one of the best weekends of the summer. We learned so much. Cold raviolis from a can are not that bad. Sand is not as fun as it seems. Washing your face in the ocean is a good way to wake yourself up in the morning.


My YOLO adventures have great variety. I have thrown huge parties, driven to Shreveport at midnight, planned a camping trip to the Renaissance Festival and played guitar on a trampoline at 3 a.m.


But keep in mind that the motto, like any good thing, must be used in moderation. If we stayed in a YOLO state of mind all day every day, nothing would ever get done.


Should I go to work, school, practice and all of these meetings I have and not have any energy to do anything fun tonight? Or should I stay at home, bake some cheesecake bites, take a nap and then go out? YOLO, where are the cheesecake ingredients? LET’S DO THIS.


In reality, we should scratch that and reverse it. Go to all of those stressful things because why did you go to college? To better yourself so you can have a better future; essentially, because you only live once, so you wanted to make the most of it.


Embrace YOLO — it is the best way to guarantee you have less regrets.


Maybe just don’t say it out loud all the time … standing in the cereal aisle and throwing a box of Frosted Flakes in the cart and yelling “YOLO” is not a good look for anyone.


Hannah Schilling is a senior journalism and political science major from Bossier CIty who serves as features editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to hms017@latech.edu.



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