There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to activities outside of school. College admissions staff love to see extracurricular activities like band, athletics, community service, and honors societies on your resume. But these endeavors aren’t just another bullet point to add to your resume; they’re powerful experiences that can enrich you as a person.
Earning good grades in high school is a great accomplishment and one you should be proud of. Strong students should be honored for their hard work and academic achievements. And it is for this reason why high school honor societies like NSHSS have been created: to recognize and honor high-achieving students with rewarding opportunities.
Like any extracurricular activity, reaping the rewards is contingent on the time and energy you invest. Joining a high school honor society like NSHSS is no different, as the experience is ultimately what you make of it. Proactively applying for scholarships, networking with peers, attending events - the value of these opportunities lies in your involvement and actions. For students who are actively engaged in the endeavors they pursue, there stands much to gain from joining a high school honor society.
1. Networking Opportunities
Honor societies give you the opportunity to meet and be engaged with other like-minded, high achieving students like yourself. Many clubs offer you the chance to meet new people, but an honor society helps you to meet other students with similar goals in academic achievement and may even motivate you to stay focused and work harder throughout high school, college, and beyond.
Honor societies help you form long, lasting friendships with people you are similar to, but they also provide you networking opportunities that can help you get a head start on your career. You’ll get the chance to network with local leaders and potential future employers. The friends you make in an honor society are the leaders of tomorrow and sometimes getting a job is more about who you know than your academic achievement. You never know who you’ll meet at a member event that may end up as the CEO of a major company.
Honor societies also provide you a commonality with some future employers who were members of the same society. With NSHSS members all over the world, it’s likely that you’ll run into a fellow member at some point in your career.
2. Gain Leadership Skills
Take full advantage of any honor society you join by getting involved in the leadership opportunities. Most honor societies provide leadership trainings and have a student leadership group like the NSHSS ambassador program. College admissions aren’t looking for someone with as many honor societies listed as possible, they’re looking for someone who has been actively involved in one or two organizations to gain leadership skills. Employers also want to hire well rounded students who have pursued advanced opportunities within and excelled in their extracurricular activities.
3. Scholarships & Study Abroad
Most credible honor societies offer members a number of rewarding benefits, like having access to exclusive study abroad and scholarship opportunities. Most reputable honor societies have a goal of helping you realize greater success throughout your academic career, and in doing so help you to pay for college and explore unique learning opportunities abroad.
NSHSS members have the opportunity to apply for member exclusive high school, college, and even graduate scholarships in a broad range of areas from STEM to visual arts. These scholarships can help you pay for international study abroad and summer programs in addition to tuition and books.
Honor societies provide you with so much more than highlight on your resume. Receiving an invitation is an honor, so make your membership meaningful once you join and pursue as many opportunities as you can. Once you find an honor society that is right for you and your academic needs, make the most out of your membership by choosing to be an active member and role model for the society. You won’t regret the many opportunities you are afforded with membership in an honor society like NSHSS.