This Student Got a Place at Uni By Writing #BlackLivesMatter 100 Times In His Application
You might remember how difficult it was to answer some of the more open questions in your university personal statement. How hard it was to avoid using buzzwords and coming across as really self-indulgent and overly keen.
Well, Ziad Ahmed, an 18-year-old high school student at Princeton Day School in New Jersey, has just changed the game and proved that answering these questions doesn’t need to be difficult. When faced with one such question in his application to Stanford University, Ziad took a very direct, very unique approach.
Rather than answering the question “What matters to you, and why?” with a long, cliché-filled essay, he simply wrote #BlackLivesMatter over and over again.
100 times, to be exact. And best of all, his application was accepted by the University who wrote in his acceptance letter: “Everyone who received your application was inspired by your passion, determination, accomplishments, and heart.”
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) April 1, 2017
On actually getting in, Ziad confessed to Mic: “I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted. I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability.”
Ziad has also founded a teen organisation called Redefy which works to further equality. Last year, he was a volunteer focused on Muslim Outreach efforts for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. Not only has he also been one of MTV’s top 9 teens changing the world and a Business Insider’s top young prodigy, but Ziad was also invited to give a TEDxTalk in Panama City a few years ago.
Well played, Ziad. We wish you all the best for your degree and future activism! 👏👏👏