how much does NHS matter?

<p>i really don't want to bother submitting those forms and dues...will college reject me just 'cause i wasn't a NHS member?</p>

<p>For Ivies and schools of that caliber, NHS means zero. As you make your way down it's probably a tiny boost. But overall, it's nothing to worry about.</p>

<p>as a former NHS president, it doesn't matter a lot. Though, I'd put it on your application if I was you. I don't think there was anyone in my HS that qualified for it and didn't join it. The ceremony and everything, makes your parents proud that your son or daughter is " smart ." lol</p>

<p>It depends on the schools to which you apply. My daughter got a very nice scholarship for NHS. Of course, in her high school it was very selective and difficult to get into.</p>

<p>It definitely depends on the school. It may give a small boost, but schools are wising up to how NHS works. At our school, NHS members get hours by cheating( i.e: doing "community service" at a local library... they just sit there and do homework and get someone to sign that they "did" the hours). In my state, schools like U of Michigan and Michigan State do not give a rat's *** if you were in NHS. The reason is because of simple things like non academic electives that can boost one's GPA. Also, there was this one girl in NHS at my school that was failing her History , English, and Biology classes and coaxed the teachers in giving her extra credit to boost her grade up 3 letters. Schools are wising up to this, so NHS doesn't matter.</p>

<p>Personally, I declined joining it because most schools won't look too much into it.</p>

<p>Or here's another light: If you like helping people and your community, it is a great organization. NHS is only as great as the members who actually choose to get involved and make a difference.</p>

<p>it doesn't matter so much. If a person has good grades, the college sees that on the application anyway...and most colleges understand that students shouldn't have a program telling them to do community service but they should be doing it on their own.</p>

<p>I'm not sure about other schools, but people in our NHS don't really do anything at all once they are in.</p>

<p>My school NHS requires that you get 40 hrs a year. We do everything from puppy washes to donating thousands of dollars to the local soup kitchen. It really bothers me when many of your chapters do nothing, then my school's chapter goes above and beyond around the school and community.</p>

<p>I got a $1000 scholarship from my NHS chapter btw. lol</p>

<p>Honestly, I doubt it at all. It's just another EC that doesn't stand out much.</p>

<p>nhs at my school = participation award</p>

<p>I was inducted junior year, but I dropped it after I realized what a waste of my time it was. My colleges didn't care.</p>

<p>NHS does not matter at all. Do your community service from your
heart and forget about NHS.</p>

<p>this is sort of irrelevant, but i didn't want to make another thread</p>

<p>does it matter to colleges where you do your community service? for example, does it matter if i do community service at the library or at a hospital?</p>

<p>I know of three people in my school who didn't make NHS. Of them, one went to the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, one went to Brown University, and the last went to NYU. From this, I think you'll get into college w/o NHS. So the answer to your question is NO.</p>

<p>Bigb14: No I don't think it matters where the community service is done (except that soup kitchen is really cliche...). Volunteer at whichever place you enjoy better.</p>

<p>One of my teachers said if you had such high stats and caliber and you werent in NHS, that would throw up a red flag for adcoms and show that you might be lazy/just a study minded person.
@ Bibb14: Sometimes it does matter where you volunteer; If for example you wanted to do premed/become a doctor, you would volunteer at a hospital. If adcoms saw you wanted to become a doctor and volunteered at a soup kitchen , it would seem irrevelant and show that your not much interested/dedicated to your study.</p>

For some applicants community service may actually continue a trend
of "humanitarian" or "society" oriented activities; some schools are big
on specific community activities (federally funded food/shelter programs
operating in hard core need areas) versus soft-activities (building
web pages)</p>

<p>i don't want to go to premed school and i don't have a history of "humanitarian" activities either. so volunteering at the library should be fine right?</p>

<p>on a side note, my big ec is music, i have multiple awards and am playing with college bands, etc. but i don't see how i can get community service out of that :P</p>