How I Got Into Miami Ad School
Following events are based on a true story:
When I told my dad: “I want to study in the US” his reflex was: “How much is this gonna cost me?”
I told him that the tuition is $36K, and then I need some extra for living. So, $50K would be good. But a little more won’t hurt.
He immediately said “Siktir!”, (means “F**k off!” in Turkish.)
It’s a little harsh. But there was no way he could afford that kind of money with his teacher salary.
But he added, if I can find some sort of a scholarship, then he'd reconsider.
A few days later...
As I was aimlessly scrolling on Twitter, I saw that Miami AD School was opening a branch in Istanbul.
Within seconds, I bought the domain; miamiadschoolistanbul.com.
I had this insight:
The next day, I put together a website with my cousin and wrote a simple line:
The site looked liked the original Miami Ad School website but after showing my message for 30 seconds, it directed users to the official website.
A few days later, my website went viral and was picked up by popular advertising blogs in Turkey.
And finally, I got accepted to the school with a scholarship. Budget: Everything cost $10.
The site mentioned as "The new creation of the month" by www.newcreatives.com
The Turkish Advertising Association announced my scholarship.
The website started a conversation about Miami Ad School Istanbul on Eksi Sozluk which is the Reddit of Turkey.