Honors Societies

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Should I mention it?

Yes
5
31%
Yes, but say "did not join for financial reasons" or similar
0
No votes
No
11
69%
 
Total votes: 16

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eandy
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Honors Societies

Postby eandy » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:32 am

I have been nominated to join multiple honors societies, but I haven't been able to join for financial reasons. Is it worth it on my application to say "nominated for membership in x, y, and z". Do I need to say anything else?

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby Pearalegal » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:33 am

If you've been nominated for honors societies looking for money, they're not worth putting on your application.

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eandy
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Re: Honors Societies

Postby eandy » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:33 am

I'm referring to academic honors societies like the one for having a high gpa and leadership in my major not crap like Who's Who :)

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby jimmyd11011 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:34 am

if you don't have three solid things for your awards/honors section, I would put them so it doesn't look empty

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby EzraStiles » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:36 am

No, law schools couldn't care less if you got nominated. Any good honors society will waive their fees if they really want you, and law schools don't give credit for shit you could've done. Otherwise I'd list that I was asked to join the military on my app...

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby BriaTharen » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:36 am

jimmyd11011 wrote:if you don't have three solid things for your awards/honors section, I would put them so it doesn't look empty


+1

You also need to say what the honor societies qualifications for nominations are. Ad-comms aren't idiots- they know that honor societies are a dime a dozen. Mention your most prestigious, and then forget the rest.

EDIT: This only goes for ones you actually joined. Don't put the ones that you were nominated for, but didn't join. Ad-comms will know that you are just padding your resume.

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby Vincent Vega » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:38 am

Honors societies mean nothing.

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby Pearalegal » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:38 am

eandy wrote:I'm referring to academic honors societies like the one for having a high gpa and leadership in my major not crap like Who's Who :)


Right, what I said before still stands. The "real" societies' chapters usually waive the fee if needed.

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eandy
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Re: Honors Societies

Postby eandy » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:47 am

Ok, I was worried because I didn't have any to list. I thought it would make me look stupid. I have plenty of other things to list.
Thanks for the advice.

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby chadwick218 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:10 am

eandy wrote:I'm referring to academic honors societies like the one for having a high gpa and leadership in my major not crap like Who's Who :)


What, what? I bought a leather bound book for every member of my family because I thought that I was something special.

OP, I wouldn't list honor societies that you have been nominated for ... only those that you are a part of ...

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby deathviaboredom » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:11 am

no point.

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby glacierfrost » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:31 am

I think Phi Beta Kappa is the only one worth mentioning.

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby 84Sunbird2000 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:52 am

Well, if you are in your major's national honor society (Mine's English thus Sigma Tau Delta...the unfortunate acronym of STD), I'd say it seems normal to put it on there.

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Re: Honors Societies

Postby FunkyJD » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:01 am

Halibut6 wrote:Honors societies mean nothing.


+1




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