High School Senior Accepted to UCLA After Twitter Campaign

By Molly Shaker

May 13, 2013 5:00pm
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Image credit: @berniezak/Twitter

Some may say it’s a sign of the times. When Bernie Zak, a senior from Brookline High School in Brookline, Mass., found out he had been wait-listed at the college of his dreams, he wasn’t about to wait until June for a final decision.

Zak did what so many  do these days — he took to Twitter  and launched a campaign called #AcceptBernieUCLA. Using that hashtag,  Zak, whose Twitter handle is @berniezak, started a countdown of sorts, tweeting reasons why the University of California, Los Angeles, should accept him.

Take this one: “Reason #34 @UCLA should accept @berniezak: he looks like @DavidHasselhoff when he runs down Santa Monica beach,” he tweeted.

Or this one: “Reason #42 @UCLA should accept @berniezak: after taking every AP history [course], he is a note taking master #AcceptBernieUCLA.”

“I didn’t want to just wait. I wanted to do something,” Zak told Boston.com about his Twitter campaign.

And it turns out, he didn’t have to.

Zak’s game plan was to post 50 reasons why the school should accept him, but after 18 tweets he got a letter from UCLA stating that his admission status had been updated.  On April 29, Zak learned he had been accepted to the university.

UCLA said Twitter did not influence its admission decisions. In a statement to ABC News, UCLA  said that “a Twitter campaign by any student would have absolutely no influence on our admissions decisions.”

But the 18-year-old said the social media site might have  helped him stand out enough  to score a coveted spot, according to Boston.com.

What Zak did next should come as no surprise.  Once again, he took to Twitter, tweeting his excitement: “Thank all of you so much! Officially a @UCLA Bruin class of 2017.”

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