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Brookline student says Twitter campaign helped him get into UCLA

Bernie Zak of Brookline launched a Twitter campaign after UCLA put him on the waiting list.
Bernie Zak of Brookline launched a Twitter campaign after UCLA put him on the waiting list.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

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Getting into a top college drives some students to bury their heads in books and others to sacrifice most of their free time for extracurricular activities to separate themselves from the pack.

But Bernie Zak believes Twitter may have put him over the top, even though his school of choice — the University of California, Los Angeles — says otherwise.

Zak, an 18-year-old Brookline High student who said he fell in love with UCLA after a campus tour, came up with a plan to lead a Twitter campaign, called #ACCEPTBERNIEUCLA, in which he would tweet a new reason every day about why the college should accept him.

“I didn’t want to just wait,” said Zak, whose Twitter handle is @berniezak. “I wanted to do something.”

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