High school senior Carolina Williams is headed to Yale University this fall, thanks in part to an essay about Papa John's. "When I saw that the prompt was 'Write about what you love to do,' my very first thought was order pizza from Papa John's," Williams told Business Insider. "I order pizza from Papa John's once a week—it's my absolute favorite! I thought for a while about if I should actually do that and if they would take it seriously, but I decided to just write it because it was so easy and my passion came through."
In her essay, Carolina explored the vast range of emotions that come with ordering pizza—specifically Papa John's. Williams' essay not only helped her stand out among the rest, but it drew an email from an admissions officer and "fellow lover of pizza," who raved about her application. "I laughed so hard on your pizza essay. I kept thinking that you are the kind of person that I would love to be best friends with," the admissions officer wrote. "I want you to know that every part of your application stood out in our process and we are thrilled to be able to offer you a spot at Yale."
Even Papa John's took the time to congratulate Williams on her acceptance to Yale—and hopefully offer her a free pie or two.