High School Senior’s Essay About Loving Papa John’s Gets Her Into Yale

Bryan Brandom
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Listen up, just about everyone in the world with functioning taste buds, because high school senior Carolina Williams has discovered a way to turn your love of pizza into something actually useful: acceptance into Yale University.

In her application to the prestigious Ivy League school, Williams was prompted to “write about something [she loves] to do.”

Her subject: Welcoming Papa John’s into her home.

“When I saw that the prompt was ‘Write about what you love to do,’ my very first thought was order pizza from Papa John’s,” Williams told Business Insider. “I order pizza from Papa John’s once a week—it’s my absolute favorite! I thought for a while about if I should actually do that and if they would take it seriously, but I decided to just write it because it was so easy and my passion came through.”

In a response from a fellow pizza lover, the Tennessee teen was informed she’d gotten in. Yale accepted just 6.9 percent of applicants for the class of 2021, and Carolina was one of the few.

“I laughed so hard on your pizza essay. I kept thinking that you are the kind of person that I would love to be best friends with,” an admissions officer responded to Williams. “I want you to know that every part of your application stood out in our process and we are thrilled to be able to offer you a spot at Yale.” 

Papa John’s caught wind of Williams’ achievement and congratulated her.

Despite her acceptance into one of the most notable schools in the nation, Williams turned Yale down and instead will be attending Auburn University.