Unique College Essays Get Students Into Ivy League Colleges

Madeleine Katz, Staff Reporter

Everyone loves Papa Johns pizza but who knew a girl who wrote about her love for it for her college essay would get her into Yale University? When it comes to applying to colleges, an important part of the process is writing a memorable essay. Many students’ unique essays are getting them into the college of their dreams.

As reported by News Max, a Tennessee college applicant, Carolina Williams, received a personalized acceptance letter from the admissions officer of Yale University that stated, “I am so glad I had the opportunity to read your application. As someone who kept trying to read books for fun on top of thousands of applications this winter, I really loved your essay on reading 100 books in a year and I laughed so hard on your pizza essay”.

Williams told Study Breaks, “The prompt was really simple, it just asked me to write about what I love to do, and I love ordering pizza; everyone knows that about me. At first I thought I thought, ‘Oh, well maybe that’s not a good topic but I thought I’d just go with it because I thought it would be funny, and I like to think of myself as a funny person,” when asked about how she thought of writing about her love for ordering pizza.

With admission officers having to read so many essays, they’ll want to pick the applicants that stand out and one of the best ways to do that is be very unique with the essay topics.

Another applicant, Brittany Stinson, who wrote her essay on her experiences in Costco, was accepted into five Ivy League schools including Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Cornell in addition to several prestigious schools such as Stanford, John Hopkins University, Boston University, and New York University according to Business Insider.

“The essay is really where it’s important to show personality and what gets you going. I knew that an essay about Costco would certainly be memorable— whether or not the admissions’ officer liked it or not,” Stinson stated, as reported by ABC News.

Stanford University also accepted Ziad Ahmed after he answered the question on his application, “What matters to you, and why?” with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter repeated a hundred times.

With students like these writing about Papa Johns pizza and Costco, being the ones getting into the Ivy League schools, it shows how much it can help to have a funny and entertaining essay when applying to colleges.