I got into the arts/law degree at my university – nowhere near as prestigious as Stanford, I might superfluously add – based on my academic record from high school, or to be more precise the three final years of it I had to learn enough English to graduate. I assume that Ziad Ahmed got into Stanford on his marks – he strikes me as an intelligent bloke – I certainly would hate if it was otherwise.
But this seems to have been a clincher on his application:
Yeah, I think we get the point. So did Stanford:
Can’t beat that passion! Needless to say, Ziad is pleasantly surprised:
“I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability.”
Are you effing kidding me, Ziad? There is no major university in the United States (or throughout the developed world, for that matter), which has looked at “unapologetic activism” as a liability for at least 50 years now. This is the problem with the Millennials – human history only starts when I was born; I’m a fearless pioneer of social change. Next year, Ziad’s younger sister will no doubt be shocked when she is accepted into university as a woman.
Mind you, Ziad is not an average migrant kid:
The Bangladeshi-American has already attended the White House Iftar dinner, a religious observance of Ramadan, and in 2016 he interned for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign…
Mr Ahmed is also involved in combating racial stereotypes, as the founder of teen organisation Redefy and the co-founder of the youth-focused consultancy firm JÜV Consulting.
In 2015 the 18-year-old gave a TedxTalk in Panama about what it was like to be a Muslim teenager in the US.
But that’s not all. Ziad has also been named MTV’s Top 9 Teens Changing the World, and Business Insider’s Top 15 Young Prodigies. You can find out more on his FB, I mean his website, ziadtheactivist.com.
It is indeed refreshing to see that a Bangladeshi-American high schooler can this day and age finally overcome the black mark in his past of having interned for Hillary Clinton to achieve his dream of higher education.
He has also been accepted to Yale University and Princeton University, and must decide which school to attend by 1 May.
Mr Ahmed has also to decide what his undergraduate degree will be, and is interested in international relations, science, economics and ethnicity studies.
I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired AF. I’ve clearly wasted my youth.