Teen Gets Into Stanford After Writing '#BlackLivesMatter' 100 Times For An Essay Question

The young activist has also been honored by Business Insider and MTV.

Ziad Ahmed of Princeton, New Jersey earned admission to prestigious Stanford University after writing "#BlackLivesMatter" 100 times as an answer to the application essay question "What matters to you, and why?" 

The 18-year-old self-described "passionate social justice activist" took to Twitter to announce his acceptance to the private university, currently ranked #5 in the United States by U.S. News and World Report


In an interview with Mic, Ahmed expressed some surprise at the university's decision. "I didn't think I would get admitted to Stanford at all," he said, "but it's quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability."

U.S. News and World Report notes that Stanford has an acceptance rate of 5 percent.

Ahmed, who was named by Business Insider last year as one of 15 young prodigies changing the world, was quick to point out that this essay answer was not the only part of his application.

Ahmed is best known for his activist efforts through Redefy, an organization he founded in an effort to "boldly defy stereotypes, embrace acceptance and tolerance, redefine our perspectives positively, and create an active community," which has received ample coverage, including an interview with A Plus.

"I created Redefy, because I felt is was imperative that every student, every person, is accepted," he told A Plus in 2015.

While Ahmed has yet to announce which university he will be attending, we have no doubt that he will be as successful in his academic endeavors as he is in his community activism.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


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