In what is probably the most relatable college admissions essay of all time, a high school senior from Brentwood, TN wrote about her love for ordering Papa John’s pizza, and it got her into Yale.
In 200 words or less, Carolina Williams answered the prompt, “Write about something that you love to do.” Her response was about her love of Papa John’s pizza and the feeling she gets when it arrives at her doorstep.
“Accepting those warm cardboard boxes at my front door is second nature to me, but I will always love ordering pizza because of the way eight slices of something so ordinary are able to evoke feelings of independence, consolation, and joy.” she wrote.
It’s poetic, visual, and makes pizza sound a lot more beautiful and glamorous than what it really is: cheese and tomato sauce on bread. The admissions counselors at Yale seemed to agree, and not only granted her a spot but also wrote to personally offer their congratulations.
I just want @PapaJohns to know that I wrote a college essay about how much I love to order their pizza and it got me into Yale 🍕👌 pic.twitter.com/lDlzEErHCn— Carolina Williams (@justcarolina22) May 9, 2017
"As a fellow lover of pizza, I laughed out loud (then ordered pizza) after reading your application," one counselor wrote. Another wrote, "I laughed so hard on your pizza essay. I kept thinking that you are the kind of person I would love to be best friends with."
Williams, who’s graduating from Ravenwood High School, told The Tennessean that she went with the first thing that popped into her head and that it was “completely genuine.”
She told ABC News that there were a ton of essays and that she was "tickled" that they "specifically commented on that one." "I think it stood out because it was just very genuine and reflective of me and it was kind of taking a risk," she said.
Obviously, she didn’t get into Yale just because of her pizza essay. She was also a fantastic student, The Tennessean reports, ranking in the top 10 of her class with a high GPA, multiple honors societies, and volunteer work.
Although she received a warm, pizza box-like welcome from Yale (and despite the university's 6.7 percent admittance rate), she decided to attend Auburn University instead because of the scholarships she received and ultimately felt like it was a better fit. Nevertheless, Williams (who will major in business and aspires to be a CEO) wrote an essay that will go down in college admissions history, proving once again that pizza is the answer to everything.
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