This girl got into Yale by writing an essay about Papa John’s pizza, and I’m not mad about it

College admissions essays are certainly daunting, particularly when you’re applying for an Ivy League institution. Some students spend weeks just determining what the subject of their entrance essay is going to be, not to mention the time spent actually writing the damn thing.

However, occasionally it’s nice to get a reminder that you don’t necessarily need lofty subject matter to catch the Admissions Officer’s eye. For one creative Tennessee teenager, all she needed was a love of pizza.

Carolina Williams, a recent high school graduate from Brentwood, TN, went a particularly unorthodox route when answering one of the essay questions on her application for Yale. In response to the prompt “Write about something that you love to do,” Williams decided to wax poetic about her favorite pastime: ordering Papa John’s pizza.

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The funny and creative essay question answer was, incredibly, enough to warrant a Yale admission for Williams. (Although I’m sure being an excellent student also helped.)

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And if you thought that the pizza question was, perhaps, not a factor in Carolina’s admission, think again — the Yale Admissions Officer specifically contacted her to offer congratulations and special kudos on her pizza prose.

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Carolina tweeted about the surreal experience, specifically tagging Papa John’s so that the pizza chain could fully understand just how much they’ve meant to her.

Not surprisingly, Papa John’s responded, and Carolina is probably going to get free pizza for life (if I had to guess).

Even though her admission to Yale is certainly exciting, Williams ultimately turned down the acceptance and has chosen instead to attend Auburn University.

Turning down an Ivy league school might seem unfathomable to some, but I think Carolina has made her modus operandi pretty clear with that pizza essay: she’s marching to the beat of her own drum, and she doesn’t give a damn who knows it.

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