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Teen Gets Yale Acceptance Letter and Free Pizza for Writing Ode to Papa John’s

It’s the best of all possible outcomes

In a move that is sure to be copied by countless teenager across America, a plucky Ivy league hopeful from Tennessee by the name of Carolina Williams got an acceptance letter from Yale after including a personal essay about Papa John’s pizza with her college application. “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,” Williams wrote.

Several months later, Carolina got the acceptance letter as well as a note explaining that the Yale admissions officer “laughed out loud (then ordered pizza)” after reading the essay.

Despite the warm welcome from the Yale crew, Williams ultimately decided to go to Auburn University instead. The future college student recently told Good Morning America: “The good thing about Auburn is they have a Papa John’s in their student center on campus so I’ll be there all the time.”

After finding out about the pizza letter and Carolina’s college plans, Papa John’s HQ sent her a congratulatory letter plus a bunch of gear and an offer for a free pizza party once she arrives at Auburn.

And, never one to miss out on an opportunity for viral publicity, Papa John’s founder/CEO John Schnatter filmed this video commending Carolina on her college admissions triumph:

The moral of the story: If you have the right grades and test scores, and you happen to write an essay about a subject that amuses a college admission officer, and that essay is also about a thirsty brand, and your tweets about that company happen to fetch the eye of its social media manager, then the world is your proverbial oyster/large cheese pizza with garlic dipping sauce for the crusts.

This Teen Just Got Accepted To Yale After Writing About Papa John’s Pizza [Bored Panda]
Girl gets into Yale after penning essay on Papa John's pizza [GMA]

Social pizza image via Facebook/Papa John’s