In answer to the question “What matters to you, and why?” on his Stanford application, Ziad Ahmed made his point. The Muslim teen from Princeton, New Jersey, wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100 times.
Of course, in 1966, college apps would not have recognized the term Black Lives Matter but I see the error in my ways – I should have been more daring and gone with #CheerleadersLivesMatter or #PopularWhiteGirlsLivesMatter.
As it was, I only got into ONE college and I bet my dad had to bribe them to take me. I confess I was not ready for college when I was told I had to go. It took me getting kicked out (for not attending class and getting an F on a test because the professor had never seen me before), moving back East, getting a great job at TV Guide, and eventually going back to college and graduating with honors to realize I should have paid attention in high school, but some of us are slow learners. That would be me.
Do I think Stanford should be proud that a Muslim activist writes BlackLivesMatter on an essay and their admissions officer finds that so wonderful they admit him? No, not at all. I assume he’s probably got good grades as well, Princeton Country Day is a decent enough school, but honestly Stanford, isn’t this lowering your standards a wee bit??