Just a few months after her 18th birthday, Carolina Williams has suddenly hit the national spotlight for 196 words that she sent to Yale University.
“I never really understood the concept of viral until now,” she said.
I just want @PapaJohns to know that I wrote a college essay about how much I love to order their pizza and it got me into Yale pic.twitter.com/lDlzEErHCn
— Carolina Williams (@justcarolina22) May 9, 2017
The teenager from Brentwood, Tenn., wrote a college admissions essay about her love for Papa John’s Pizza.
“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 Papa John’s for my favorite food.”
Williams was admitted.
“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,” a Yale admissions officer wrote in an email.
Williams and her friends thought it would be funny to tweet the pizza company, which has responded with free pizzas and offers of an internship, she said. Then her local newspaper wrote a story about it, and it took off from there.
That’s how we got here.
Speaking to The Washington Post from orientation at Auburn University in Alabama, Williams described her newfound fame.
“I’d walk into a place and they’d go, ‘Oh, it’s the pizza girl,’ which is a great reputation, honestly.”
They would also ask why she chose Auburn over Yale, she said.
“Auburn was just personally a better fit for me. I felt more at home here. It was just a gut feeling.”
When asked why she loves Papa John’s above all the other pizzas out there, Williams, who says she is the first person in her family to go to college, said that she will eat pretty much any pizza put in front of her but that something about Papa John’s brings her back.
“I’ve been ordering there since I was little. It’s such a classic to me.”
And I love their garlic sauce.”