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If you’ve ever ever been to a school hosting a local chapter of the National Honor Society, you’ve probably been told by some pretentious voice at one point or another (or at least assumed) that joining the NHS was either an important step or a necessary one for increasing, if not guaranteeing, your chances of getting into the college (or equivalent) of your dreams. You’re not alone either, as the general stereotype/stigma surrounding the NHS for most people is the same, so surely the collective masses can’t be wrong, can they? In reality, The truth is far from that.
To begin, let’s take a swing at the notion that colleges value membership in the National Honor Society when choosing who to accept and who to deny. The reality of it is that unless you are “packing in a lot of community service hours”(1), the letters N, H, and S being carefully written down won’t be looked upon with any more particularly significant degree of importance when compared to the other clubs that you’ve tacked onto your college application (2), which as you might imagine puts you both out of luck and out of twenty to forty bucks (depending on the funding of your local chapter). Also, since 20 hours is the bare minimum for staying enrolled in the group(3) and for getting credit for having done so (just a reminder: colleges look at that that as previously mentioned like any other club), you could quite literally become an intern for The Macaroni Report and write that down on your application for the same effect. Hoorah for “the bastard child of free press”.
“Being part of the NHS makes you stand out to colleges.”
With the NHS’s ever increasing membership, the lovely generalized statement above this is slowly becoming completely and utterly untrue. As stated by the Harbringer’s Online, with anywhere between “700,000” to “over a million” members, the uniqueness of having that golden three letter acronym on your transcript is slowly becoming non-existent (3)(5). So in summary, being part of the NHS doesn’t make you that much of a special snowflake.
“The National Honor Society has you help the community through community service.”
Why does the National Honor Society get so much credit in this regard? You could literally save yourself the 20-40 bucks and just go help out the community by yourself. Start a bake sale to get money for sick children with cancer or something. Just because you’re not part of the NHS doesn’t mean you can’t help out. Especially since the phrase “Self-Organized children’s cancer donation drive” looks better than “NHS” on your transcript. Don’t be a sheep who only helps out because the NHS says they have to.
“The NHS has benefits like getting to leave class without a pass and scholarship opportunities!”
If I have ever heard of a more selfish and completely misleading statement in all my life, I’ll never know it. To start, the “benefits” (at least here in Greenville, not including scholarships) effectively end at “get to leave class without a pass” and it’s much more limited than it sounds. You really can only leave study halls and most teachers would have let you go regardless of your NHS status, so it’s a moot point. As for other perks like “You get to leave school for lunch!”, they’re available to all passing seniors so they don’t count. As for the coveted “NHS Scholarship”, it’s only available on a chance basis (not guaranteed) and if you get one of the ones available to most it’s only 1 to 1.5 thousand dollars which is chump change in the world of college bills. If you’re lucky enough to win your region, you get another 1.5k bringing it up to about $3,000 which, although nice, is still somewhat lacking. If you’re one of the lucky ducks who win the grand all powerful one-of-a-kind-literally scholarships you snag a sweet 30k but again, there’s one per state. Somewhat silly considering the NHS has around a million members at $20-$40 a pop ($20-40 million eh?)(1).
In closing, the society as a whole as well as it’s prestige is utter nonsense when broken down into the basics of what it actually is. I don’t write this as some angry denied applicant, but as a someone who sees through the mask to the the lizards behind the mask. (Note: I was not denied by them as I never applied to them.)
- “What Does National Honor Society Actually Do For You?”, Money Fax, (link)
- “Is National Honor Society Membership Worth It?”, Huffington Post, (link)
- “Colleges are starting to question the value of Honor Societies.”, The Harbringer Online, (link)
- “Does National Honor Society Really Matter?”, The Prospect, (link)
- “National Honor Society”, Wikipedia
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