After finding out he had been wait-listed from his dream college, Brookline High School senior Bernie Zak was not content sitting around and waiting for a final decision. Instead, he took to Twitter, sending tweets to UCLA about why the school should accept him.
“I didn’t want to just wait,” the 18-year-old from Massachusetts told Boston.com. “I wanted to do something.”
Zak intended on posting 50 reasons why he should be accepted, but after just 18 tweets, he received an email saying that his UCLA admission status had been updated. He was accepted to the school on April 29, even though he was told final decisions would be made between May 1 and June 1, according to WHDH.
He says he believes his twitter campaign, #ACCEPTBERNIEUCLA, played a part in his acceptance.
"In my heart of hearts I think it helped," he told the station.
Starting in early April, he tweeted messages like:
UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vasquez, told Boston.com that while he was aware of Zak’s twitter campaign, "A Twitter campaign by any student would have absolutely no influence on our admittance decision."
Nevertheless, Zak says he's looking forward to heading to UCLA.
“I’m excited to be with a group of kids that can have a lot of fun but are also really intelligent people,” Zak told student newspaper the Daily Bruin. “When it comes down to it, (UCLA) is one of the smartest groups of students in the world.”
Earlier on HuffPost:
University Of Virginia - 29 Percent
<em>EDITOR'S NOTE: Information in the slideshow on percentage of out-of-state students enrolled comes <a href="https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/university-of-virginia?searchType=bf_site&q=&bf_cat=bf_" target="_blank">via The College Board</a>, and are based on the school system's flagship campus as of 2011-12, unless otherwise noted.</em>
University Of Illinois - 33 Percent
The Daily Illini <a href="http://www.dailyillini.com/article/2012/09/uis-international-enrollment-at-record-high" target="_hplink">reports</a> about 28,000 students on the campus are Illinois residents, which is about 66 percent of the overall student body, according to the University's Division of Management Information. This year they've seen a record number of international students and out-of-state residents.
Arizona State University - 32 Percent
University Of Iowa - 49 Percent
<em>Students listen to President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Iowa Field House, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)</em>
University Of Minnesota - 33 Percent
University Of Missouri - 30 Percent
<em>Missouri head coach Frank Haith addresses the crowd gathered at Mizzou Arena to kick off their NCAA Tournament selection party in Mizzou Arena Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.</em>
University Of Arizona - 36 Percent
Pennsylvania State University - 40 Percent
<em>Penn State football fans cheer the Penn State football team as they arrive at Beaver Stadium for their NCAA college football season opener against Ohio in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)</em>
University Of Texas at Austin - 9 Percent
Information via<a href="https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/university-of-texas-at-austin" target="_hplink"> The College Board</a>
Rutgers University - 11 Percent
<em>Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., looks around at the Rutgers-Camden campus in Camden, N.J., Thursday, May 3, 2012.</em>
University Of Massachusetts - 26 Percent
Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sarah_L._Arnold_House.jpg" target="_hplink">Ktr101</a>
Florida State University - 11 Percent
The Ohio State University - 18 Percent
<em>Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., plays cornhole during a tailgate party at the The Ohio State University-Miami University of Ohio football game, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)</em>
University Of Florida - 4 Percent
University Of Wisconsin - 38 Percent
<em>FILE -- In a June 14, 2011 file photo University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Carolyn "Biddy" Martin announces her resignation in Madison, Wis. After clashing with Gov. Scott Walker Martin stepped down to take the presidency at Amherst College. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Craig Schreiner, file)</em>
Indiana State University - 12 Percent
Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ISU_Student_Recreation_Center.jpg" target="_hplink">Tcampbell</a>
University Of California, Berkeley - 25 Percent
<em>File - In this Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau smiles during a news conference in Berkeley, Calif. The chancellor said he planned to step down as head of the world-renowned campus at year's end. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)</em>
San Diego State University - 8 Percent
<em>San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk, right, listens as university President Elliot Hirshman, left, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)</em>