Question about using "you" in a college essay

Hi guys,
I was starting to write my essay, and since I have never really written an essay like this before, I was wondering if it was acceptable to use the word “you” in them.

There is no fixed rule against it. Like any other rhetorical choice, it comes down to how you use it (there are several ways) and the overall register (formal, casual) of your piece.

What you really want to know is whether you can use an informal register. Yes you can. Just do it well and consistently.

Ok thank you! @WasatchWriter

Yes it does! Thank you! I ended up cutting that sentence altogether