Taking a risk on college applications isn’t always advised, but for high school senior Ziad Ahmed, the answer to “What matters to you, and why?” wasn’t necessarily a risk.
The American-Muslim teenager answered that Stanford University application question with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter over and over again until the word limit was reached. When he got accepted to the prestigious college, his tweet went viral. But Ahmed doesn’t want attention to be focused on just that moment.
“The question asked what matters to you and why. But when I thought about why, I realized that the insistence on explaining the meaning of the hashtag is inherently problematic and the “why” is embodied in the words themselves,” Ahmed said in a statement provided. Read more…