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High Schooler Who Got Into Yale For Writing About Papa Johns Says ‘Screw It’ & Goes To Auburn Anyway


Carolina Williams, a Tennessee teenager who earned her an acceptance letter from Yale University after she wrote about ordering from Papa John’s in her application essay, has decided to go to Auburn University instead.

Williams, who was accepted to the Ivy League school in March, won praise from admissions officers for her standout essay answer. When asked to write about something she loves to do, Carolina said she wrote about the first thing she could think of: Papa John’s Pizza.

To Williams’ surprise, a Yale admissions officer wrote to her following her acceptance, saying: ‘As a fellow lover of pizza, I laughed out loud (then ordered pizza) after reading your application.’

Williams, who graduated in the top 10 of her graduating class at Ravenwood High School in Tenessee, opted to go to Auburn University instead, due to better scholarship options.

However, the essay isn’t the only reason Williams got into Yale. Along with being in the top 10 in her graduating class, Williams was also active in her church, volunteered for the Brentwood library, and participated in English Honors Society, National Honors Society, Model UN and Youth in Government.

Williams plans to major in business and minor in economics once she gets to Auburn and aspires to be the CEO of a company one day.


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