Considering how boring and soul-destroying it must be to read university admissions essays, you’d think staff at Lanzhou University would appreciate the inventive moxie of Jiangxi applicant, who hacked the university’s website to show a series of messages exhorting them to admit him.
The student, a 16 year old surnamed Zhao, desperately wanted to attend Lanzhou University, one of China’s top education institutions, as SINA English reports:
Some screenshots from the attacked page show a row of short passages, all entitled “Hello, all the distinguished school leaders and teachers” and beginning with an explanation of his “non-malicious motivation” behind the hacking.
As well as promoting his eligibility to be a Lanzhou-ite, Zhao said he’d love to contribute to the university’s online security system, the one he’d gone through like a digital knife through pixelated butter.
Speaking to reporters, Zhao said he came up with the plan to grab the university’s attention out of fear that he would fail the gaokao and so miss his chance at attending his dream college.
Chinese students aren’t the only ones going to great lengths to get into the college of their choice, as Gawker reports:
Waitlisted students are “bombarding” schools with “baked goods, family photos, craft projects depicting campus landmarks, and dossiers of testimonials from civic and religious leaders.” And that’s just the students who are trying to demonstrate good behavior.
Because just like in the dating world, some suitors are psychotic. Admissions directors recount waitlisted students insulting the college, disparaging accepted students, threatening the admissions officers’ jobs, showing up for unscheduled interviews, and of course, showing up at the admissions office with a camping tent.