Teen admitted to Stanford after writing '#BlackLivesMatter' 100 times on application
Like many teens, Ziad Ahmed took to social media to celebrate a college acceptance -- but this one was unlike most.
The New Jersey senior shared a piece of his application that led to a "yes" from Stanford University:
"I submitted this answer in my Stanford application, and yesterday, I was admitted," he said on April 1.
For the question, "What matters to you, and why?" Ahmed answered with the "#BlackLivesMatter" hashtag 100 times.
"I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted," Ahmed told Mic in an email. "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."
Ahmed, a Muslim activist, hopes to fight for black students at Stanford. In a Twitter thread, he said, "I also recognize black students are often systemically disenfranchised educationally, and that it is my duty to fight to change that." He discussed plans on donating to organizations for black students:
Ahmed's acceptance quickly went viral, getting over 10,000 retweets and 20,000 likes.
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