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Is National Honor Society Worth It?

Geography23Geography23 Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in High School Life
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the club. My question is straightforward enough: Is it worth it? I'm already involved in a lot of activities (president of like 10+ clubs, bla bla). Should I even do it? I'm fairly certain I would end up an officer...my peers are rather lackluster. And please don't respond with some preachy ohhhhhh, well you should do it only if you're passionate about it. omg ur so fake. ect ect. Thanks! :*
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Replies to: Is National Honor Society Worth It?

  • aomameaomame Registered User Posts: 125 New Member
    I'd say do it if it seems interesting to you.

    You don't have to put it on your application if you don't want to. Sounds like a crazy thing, but I left off clubs from my application that I didn't think made my application strong.
  • lbouchardlbouchard Registered User Posts: 175 Junior Member
    Colleges will probably like it better if you're President of NHS than if you're president of 10+ clubs. Depth over breadth. Seems silly to be president of 10 clubs.
  • clienkclienk Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    Is it even possible to be passionate about NHS?

    I'm actually not familiar with the organization, but I think the answer is no. Do something worthwhile that makes you look like you actually have a personality.
  • clienkclienk Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    But if you're actually president of 10 clubs, I doubt you are able to serve any of them very well, since that would require you to be in two places at once to attend meetings. In my experience, non-meeting-attending club presidents are really, really, really useless, and other people end up assuming their responsibilities without getting credit.
  • Geography23Geography23 Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    @lbouchard: I'm not President of 10 clubs...hyperbole. Also, how does being President of a joke club indicate "depth," as opposed to being President of more active activities?

    @aomame: I know what you mean. There are a lot of activities I've done that I've had to leave off because they're not as relevant...but it still hurts to do something but act as if I had never spent time on it.
  • SerenityJadeSerenityJade Registered User Posts: 1,226 Senior Member
    I actually was inducted and quit because of the horrible structure of it at my school. 5 minute meetings just after school left me screwed as my mom doesn't get off work 1.5 hours later. Community service was mandated at 8 hours and only NHS activities that we usually found out about the day before and I never could get a ride (I got in 4 hours and never turned in the paper because it was at that point that I just quit). The main adviser is a young scatterbrained English teacher who is a bit too overworked. The other adviser is absent usually. Both believe in NHS being student-led. Which is fine until they expect things without telling the president, vice-president, and secretary things from what my friends say of how it works right now...

    NHS is a joke unless the advisers are really active or the students are allowed the freedom to actually run it properly...
  • Geography23Geography23 Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    yeesh, kids. 10+ clubs was me trying to convey that I am already very busy, and if that should factor into my decision to do nhs--something like "isn't what i'm already doing good enough? do i need to necessarily also do nhs?"
  • Geography23Geography23 Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    omg this is my most popular thread so far. *warm feelings*
  • Geography23Geography23 Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    I know nhs is a joke in 90% of schools, but do colleges see it as a joke as well? (i know, i'm such a fake, college obsessed robot. sorry)
  • halcyonheatherhalcyonheather Registered User Posts: 8,987 Senior Member
    I hope so, 'cause I got rejected.
  • Cens10Cens10 Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    I'm a member, and don't think it's a big deal to be in NHS..
  • ThatOneCoolNerdThatOneCoolNerd Registered User Posts: 35 New Member
    What I enjoy about NHS is the volunteer opportunities it gives you.
  • kikikaylenkikikaylen Registered User Posts: 196 Junior Member
    I'm secretary of NHS at my school, and I don't know how colleges view it, but at my school, it's an honorable, well-organized club. I think you bring the passion to it. I personally love feeling like I'm finding a way to successfully give back to my community. We offer tutoring services at school, too, which I feel can really make a difference to kids in terms of their confidence, competence, and grades. Also, in my school's chapter, members are always appreciated for being able to contribute new ideas for projects and events, so if there's something you're passionate about, then brainstorm and bring it up! I started a drive for a local homeless shelter, and I've organized lots of other beneficial projects and events. Honestly, it just depends on your school's vibe and attitude of the club. I included it on my college app, and I think I adequately demonstrated a significant amount of involvement and passion.
  • Jaqi100Jaqi100 Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    NHS is nothing special, most high schools in America have it. A lot of kids at my school get invited. Go out and volunteer by yourself and make a difference.
  • pandamicpandamic Registered User Posts: 408 Junior Member
    Well, I'm kinda biased because I'm the Vice President of my NHS, but I think it's worth it! I've had the opportunity to do a lot of great volunteering events, and it has been really fun. I guess it just depends on what NHS is like at your school.
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