Teen Gets Into Yale With Essay on ... Papa John's

Carolina Williams described her delight upon receiving a pizza from the chain
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2017 8:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – "When the delivery person rings my doorbell, I instantly morph into one of Pavlov's dogs, salivating to the sound that signals the arrival of the cheesy, circular glory." That's how Tennessee's Carolina Williams describes her delight upon receiving a pizza from Papa John's, which might pale in comparison to her delight after getting into Yale. Asked to write 200 words about something she loves to do on her Yale application, the Brentwood teen went "with the first thing that popped in my head": ordering a pizza from Papa John's, reports USA Today. "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," Williams wrote.

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Of course, Williams' application didn't only include a 200-word essay on pizza. Williams—who graduated in the top 10 of her high school class and displayed an impressive list of extracurricular activities—wrote a total of 10 essays, including one about reading 100 books in a year. In an acceptance letter, a Yale admissions officer described that essay as "passionate, fun, and likeable." But "as a fellow lover of pizza, I laughed out loud (then ordered pizza) after reading your application," the official added. Though happy to be accepted, Williams won't actually be going to Yale. She's heading to Auburn University, which "just felt like home to me," she tells ABC News. It doesn't hurt that "they have a Papa John's in their student center." (Read more Yale University stories.)

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