A Bangladeshi-American student from Princeton, NJ has been receiving recognition for his recent acceptance into Stanford University. However, what he wrote on his college application is what set him apart from the other applicants.
His answer was “#BlackLivesMatter” written over and over again. The amazing thing is he was actually admitted to Stanford.
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) April 1, 2017
Ziad Ahmed, a student at the $34,600-a-year Princeton Day School in New Jersey, publicized his acceptance letter from the prestigious California school on Twitter on Friday, alongside a copy of his unusual essay.
Would someone have been admitted had they written #AmericaFirst 100 times?
The Daily Mail reports,
The focus of the written part was the question:
‘What matters to you, and why?’
Ahmed said he was surprised his answer paid off.
‘I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted,’ Ahmed said in an email to 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 insistence on an explanation is inherently dehumanizing,’ Ahmed continued. ‘Black lives have been explicitly and implicitly told they don’t matter for centuries, and as a society – it is our responsibility to scream that black lives matter because it is not to say that all lives do not matter, but it is to say that black lives have been attacked for so long, and that we must empower through language, perspective, and action.’