College Entrance Essays

My name is Jake McCauley and I live in Eagle Idaho. I have a wonderful family consisting of myself; my dad; my mom; and my siblings Savanna, Cole, Josh, Sierra, and Brooklyn. I am the oldest child in my family and was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. After both my parents graduated my family moved to Skokie, Illinois where my dad obtained his MBA at Northwestern University. My family lived there for six years, but we knew that eventually we would move back west. Just after I turned eight my family moved all the way across the country to Eagle, Idaho where I was baptized and my dad started a real estate brokerage. Although I was disappointed at having to move, I have grown to love living in Idaho. My favorite activities are outdoor sports and it’s hard to find good places to go fishing and camping in the city. Also, most of my dad’s side of the family lives in this area and most of my mom’s side of the family live a short (five hour) drive away in Murray, Utah. I love spending time with my extended family and it has been great growing up with them so close by. Shortly after we arrived in Idaho my mom decided to pull me out of public schools and for six years I was home schooled. While it was a positive experience, I was glad to go back to public schools for my high school career. I have spent the last four years attending Eagle High School and have really enjoyed it. Currently I am finishing up my senior year and am really excited to move on to my mission and college at (hopefully) BYU.

Throughout my life I have had many dreams and ideas of what I wanted from life, but after reading books like “The Four Hour Work Week” and “Rich Dad Poor Dad” I have determined that the only occupation that will give me the life I want is entrepreneurship. I really love the vision of these books! The authors advocate a lifestyle of wise money management, responsibility, and living life to your fullest potential. This lifestyle is also advocated by the church and so I know that attending BYU will help me grow closer to this goal. With commandments like tithing and the prophet’s recommendation that we stay out of debt, it’s clear that the church has our best interests in mind. Another important part of being a successful entrepreneur is having a supportive partner. BYU is one of the best places in the world to find your eternal companion. As long as I find my spouse, I will consider my time at BYU a success, even if nothing else works out. I also know how great the learning environment at BYU is. All of my friends at BYU tell me what a great positive feeling they have whenever they’re on campus. The idea of learning new things and improving myself in a spiritually enriching environment, while having fun with a great student body is truly exciting! Yes, BYU is the perfect place for me to achieve my goals, and work towards the person that my Heavenly Father wants me to become.

I believe that participation in extracurricular activities is important and so I have always tried to find time for them. In seventh grade I joined Cantus, a community choir program started by my aunt and uncle. In the past six years Cantus has grown into a nationally acclaimed choir. We have won Superior ratings and many other awards in choir festivals such as the Anaheim Music Festival. Also, part way through my Junior year I was able to audition into choir at Eagle High School under the direction of Seth McMullen. Throughout my Sophomore year I participated in the FIRST Robotics competition. I helped design parts for our robot, machine them, and assemble them. During the 2013–2014 season Team Tators and our allies took first place in the Salt Lake City Regional. In that same year I joined my high school’s ultimate frisbee team and am now the team captain. While it is not yet a school sanctioned sport it is gaining much popularity in my area. We now have over 12 local high schools that are participating and it is still growing. During my sophomore year I applied to and was accepted into my high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). Over the past two years that I have been a member I have been involved in over 40 hours of service. At the beginning of this school year I was called to serve as my ward’s representative on the Eagle Stake Youth Council. We are responsible for planning activities and programs for all the youth throughout the Eagle Stake. In addition, we are responsible for teaching the youth during Ward Conferences and planning stake dances. Also at the beginning of this school year I was called as my Seminary Class President.

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