The dreaded personal statement and/or college statement often include questions like, "Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?" and "What personal experiences helped shape who you are?"
Instead of adding extra pressure to an already anxiety-producing process, Carolina Williams chose to write about what she loves: ordering pizza from Papa John's.
That passion was well-received by Yale University's admission's office--so much, in fact, it landed her an acceptance letter to the Ivy League school, The Tennessean reported.
In 200 words or fewer, Williams addressed the feelings of "joy" and "independence" she feels when she orders pizza.
Part of her essay read, "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. It smells like celebration, as I love to rejoice a happy occasion by calling Pap John's for my favorite food. It tastes like comfort, since having pizza delivered to my quiet home is a way for me to unwind. It looks like self-sufficiency, because when I was younger, ordering pizza made me feel grown-up, and it still provides that satisfaction for my child at heart."
Not only did her essay land her an acceptance to a prestigious school, it also earned her a personal shoutout from one of the Yale admissions advisers.
"As a fellow lover of pizza, I laughed out loud (then ordered pizza) after reading your application," a Yale official wrote. "I kept thinking that you are the kind of person that I would love to be best friends with."
The moment she learned of her acceptance was particularly sweet--or savory--for the Williams family. She the first in her family to go to college. But Williams won't be attending Yale despite her pizza essay. Instead, she'll attend Auburn University to pursue business, because she felt it was a better fit and liked the scholarships.
Nonetheless, Williams celebrated the Ivy League acceptance the only way she knew how: to order some Papa John's.