A high school senior in Tennessee was recently accepted to Yale University because of her hard work, her high GPA and her love of Papa John's pizza.
Carolina Williams applied to the Ivy League school and was asked to submit a short 200-word essay about something she loves to do. She chose to write about the first thing that popped into her mind – ordering pizza from Papa John's.
She says, "As soon as I saw the prompt that said, ‘Write about what you love to do,’ that was the literally the first thing that came to mind because I just love to order pizza so much."
Part of her essay reads, "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."
The essay apparently evoked similar feelings of joy in the admissions department because they accepted her to attend Yale in the fall. Her acceptance letter included a personal, handwritten note which read, "As a fellow lover of pizza, I laughed out loud (then ordered pizza) after reading your application. Yale would be lucky to have you."
But alas, Williams has decided instead to attend Auburn University where, by the way, there is a Papa John's on campus.