The 18-year-old Boston native said he was inspired to create the sign after seeing stories about the guy who held up a similar sign requesting beer money during ESPN's College GameDay show a few weeks ago. He wouldn't have scored any of the cash, though, if he hadn't won the poster he used to make the sign while checking out the CNN broadcast area after doing some homework.
"I think the best part is that I had won that WashU poster that I drew on the back of in a carnival like ring toss game at one of the tents, so I totally could've not had that sign at all," he said. "Crazy how things happen with the smallest changes."
Wu hasn't determined exactly what he'll spend the money on yet, but said it will likely go towards essential college expenses like food -- you know, since it won't really put much of dent in his tuition costs. And despite his success out there on Saturday night, he intends to sit out CNN's debate coverage on Sunday night. Unsurprisingly, several other students were seen waving signs with their own Venmo usernames there throughout the day.
In case you're wondering, Wu said he does plan on voting in the presidential election this November 8th after recently registering in Missouri. Although he didn't reveal which candidate he plans to vote for, the experience over the weekend may have helped him on a separate subject that he's been undecided on so far:
"I'm in the Olin Business School and pretty much undecided on a major," he said. "However, after this little money-making adventure I think I'm meant to do business."