Teen accepted into UCLA after persistent tweets
BROOKLINE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Brookline teenager took to Twitter to explain to the UCLA admissions office why the school should accept him after he was put on the wait list.
“Congratulations. It is our great pleasure to offer admission to UCLA for the fall quarter of 2013,” Bernie Zak read aloud.
It was a sentence Bernie Zak thought he would never read.
“I just never thought it would happen so when I found it was just kind of crazy,” said Zak.
Like many high school seniors, Bernie had applied to college and found himself on a wait list at his dream school; UCLA.
But instead of waiting around, he took to Twitter. His plan: 50 tweets to the school about why they should accept him.
“I had no thought it would actually work. I thought, ‘UCLA they're not going to listen to this silly Twitter thing,’” Zak said.
He tweeted messages like,
“#32 @UCLA should accept @berniezak: When there's a billion dollar Bernie Zak Athletic Center, you'll be glad he attended #AcceptBernieUCLA.”
“#33: After Boston traffic, navigating LA will be easier than a Bruin fighting a Trojan.”
After 18 tweets, he received a very special email.
“The computer was being so slow so it was like tantalizing -- ‘your decision is…load…,’ but when I found out, I started yelling and screaming and my mom thought like I had broken a leg or something,” said Zak.
UCLA says that’s not why he was admitted -- only that "…a Twitter campaign by any student would have absolutely no influence on our admissions decisions.
The only thing we consider in the review process of wait-listed students is the original application content, and any new and compelling information related to the student's academic record."
“In my heart of hearts I think it helped. Because they said wait list was May 1 to June 1, and I got it April 29,” Zak said.
Zak plans on studying economics and history. He leaves for Southern California in September.