Muslim activist teen writes ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ 100 times on Stanford University application essay — and gets accepted
Muslim activist high-schooler Ziad Ahmed just gained acceptance to Stanford University, based in part on his “essay” on “What matters to you, and why?”
His answer: #BlackLivesMatter, typed exactly 100 times.
“I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted,” Ahmed told Mic. “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.”
The Princeton, New Jersey teen posted a copy of both his “essay” and acceptance letter to Twitter over the weekend, earning him praise from social justice warriors across the internet.
“Congratulations! You have been admitted to Stanford’s Class of 2021!” the letter read. “Everyone who reviewed your application was inspired by your passion, determination, accomplishments, and heart. …