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This teen wrote #blacklivesmatter 100 times on his university application

He’s now going to Stanford!

As far as uni applications go, this might be the best one yet!

When the time came for teen activist, Ziad Ahmed, to fill out his uni application form to Stanford, the school asked a very simple question – ‘What matters to you, and why?’.

Ziad could have answered with his favourite school subject or extra curricular activities, but instead he wrote #blacklivesmatter 100 times.

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Obviously Stanford were so impressed by the teen’s ‘determination’ and ‘heart’, they offered him a place at the uni. He spoke to Dazed about the offer and said:

“Like all college applicants, I had one audience in mind: the admissions officers. It was important to me that they literally hear my impatience for justice and the significance of this issue.”

Congratulations on your place, Ziad! If you ask us we need more people like you in the world. If you’d like to hear more from Ziad about what it’s like to be a young muslim in the U.S. watch his Ted Talk, below.

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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