I bet I could get into Yale Law School by submitting my cheesecake recipe.
It’s really good.
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….
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.”….
Actually I find the extreme ease with which just about any American can make a hand gesture and have a pizza appear in short order almost rises to the level of magical, and it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate this miracle. The phenomenon of instant pizza for all testifies to the American greatness and genius on one hand, and the descent into sloth on the other; in short, a topic worthy of philosophical scrutiny. And I have empathy for some poor slob at the college who is forced to read claim after claim of fervent young altruists who made the arduous trek to Inner Slobrobia to hand out wooden eyeballs to the child victims of Freddy Krueger, and who (the reader, that is) finally found a statement to which an ordinary human being can relate.
Congrats, Maynard, your essay just got you accepted at Harvard 🙂
Mac ‘n cheese..Mac ‘n cheese..Mac ‘n cheese…Mac ‘n cheese..Mac ‘n cheese…Mac ‘n cheese..Mac ‘n cheese..Mac ‘n cheese…
Waiting anxiously to hear from Cal Tech.