A Ravenwood High School student’s essay about Papa John’s pizza has gotten her into a prestigious Ivy League school, The Tennessean reports.
For one of her applications, Carolina Williams was asked to write on what she loves to do. The first thing that came to mind was apparently: Ordering pizza from Papa John’s – to the delight of the Yale admissions officer who read her essay (who, coincidentally, is a pizza lover as well).
“Honestly, I thought I should go with the first thing that popped in my head,” Williams, who will be the first in her family to go to college, said.
“It was completely genuine.”
Here’s a snippet of what Williams wrote: “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.”
Pursue your passions. Eat more pizza.
— Papa John's Pizza (@PapaJohns) May 21, 2017
Such risky but articulate rendition of her love for pizza ultimately paid off, winning the heart of her admissions officer and a spot for Williams in the top university.
“Your essay on reading 100 books in a year was so passionate, fun and likable, and as a fellow lover of pizza, I laughed out loud (and ordered pizza) after reading your application,” a handwritten note wrote on what looks like Williams’ acceptance letter that was posted on Williams’ tweet.
But a love for cheese on dough was not the only reason Williams got into Yale – The Tennessean reports Williams is a Top 10 student at her high school who maintains a high GPA while taking difficult courses, volunteering at the library and taking part in the English Honors Society, National Honors Society, Model UN and Youth in Government.
Yet, prestigious as it may be, Williams will be turning down Yale’s offer to pursue business at Auburn University instead, as she says she will be a better fit there and likes the scholarships.