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A High School Senior Wrote About Pizza in an Admissions Essay That Got Her Into Yale

Even in today’s bleak global climate, miracles do happen. Case in point: a high school senior wrote her personal essay on how much she loves ordering pizza, and the essay won her admission to Yale University, USA Today College reports. Um, is it too late for all of us to try this method out?

For Tennessee native Carolina Williams, there was never any debate of what she should write about in an application essay asking what she loved to do. Ordering from Papa John’s immediately came to mind. “Honestly, I thought I should go with the first thing that popped in my head,” she told USA Today. “It was completely genuine.”

Although Williams is among the top 10 students in her graduating class, she can partially thank the shout-out to pizza for her acceptance into Yale. A congratulatory note from an admissions officer that Williams shared on Twitter read, “I laughed so hard at your pizza essay. I kept thinking that you are the kind of person that I would love to be best friends with.”


Saying that the act of ordering pizza “evoke[s] feelings of independence, consolation and joy,” Williams tells future applicants to “showcase yourself as a unique individual.” Given the risky move she pulled with her application, it’s safe to say that uniqueness definitely helps an application go the extra mile.

Despite this picture-perfect moment with Yale admissions, Williams plans to attend Auburn University as a business student. As if she wasn’t admirable enough, she’ll be the first in her family to attend college. You go, girl!

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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