Getting into a top college drives some students to bury their head in books and others to sacrifice most of their free time for extracurricular activities to separate themselves from the pack.
But Bernie Zak believes that Twitter may have put him over the top.
The 18-year-old senior at Brookline High School found out in early April that he had been placed on the waiting list to get into the University of California, Los Angeles this fall. The final decision would be made June 1.
Zak, who said he fell in love with UCLA after a campus tour, came up with a plan to lead a Twitter campaign, called #ACCEPTBERNIEUCLA, for which he would tweet a new reason every day about why the university should accept him.
What is interesting is Zak's primary reasons for wanting to get into UCLA:
Zak said UCLA had been his top choice because it has a rare blend of academic excellence along with a strong community and sports. His desire for community at school led him to cofound the Superfans club at Brookline High School that organizes support for sporting teams at the school.
Well he sounds lot more passionate about how sports and community are intertwined in our school's identity compared to our incompetent athletic administration and the tonedeaf chancellor.
Some of Zak's tweets were hilarious:
"Reason #50 @UCLA should accept @berniezak: Every school NEEDS a 5'8" center on their basketball team. #ACCEPTBERNIEUCLA"
Apparently the Daily Bruins did a story on his Twitter campaign and he finally got the news end of April:
[O]n April 29 Zak said he woke up after a nap and was trying to think of another reason to tweet when he realized he had received a letter from UCLA in the mail saying that his admission status had been updated. When he checked online he learned that he had been accepted.
And of course, he tweeted it.
"Thank all of you so much! Officially a @UCLA Bruin class of 2017."
No idea whether his Twitter campaign helped him get in. But have to admire the tenacity. Wish him best of luck in school next year and let's extend a warm Bruin welcome to Zack.
Welcome to Westwood Zack. You are going to love it. Boston is nice. Brookline is pretty cool. I lived there for few years. But it's nothing like slice of heaven -- aka U.C.L.A.