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Should joining National Honor Society be a priority?

Hey guys, I'm a junior now and contemplating whether joining the National Honor Society would really be significant for my college apps. Does it have that much of an impact, or should I just focus on other extracurriculars that I'm more passionate about?

7 months ago

It's great that you're thinking strategically about your extracurricular involvement! The National Honor Society (NHS) is a well-recognized program that can indicate to colleges your commitment to academic excellence, service, leadership, and character.

However, keep in mind that NHS is a common extracurricular and falls into what's considered a Tier 3 activity. It demonstrates involvement, but it doesn't stand out as much as Tier 1 or Tier 2 activities, which show high levels of achievement and leadership like being the student body president or winning national awards. However, if you take on a leadership role in NHS, then it could move up to Tier 2. For more on the 4 Tiers of Extracurricular Activities, check out this CollegeVine article: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities

That being said, if you have other extracurriculars that you're more passionate about and that potentially offer opportunities for deeper engagement, leadership, or even a chance to reach those higher tiers of achievement, those activities might be more impactful for your college applications. Admissions committees are looking for depth of engagement and how you've made a significant impact or pursued leadership roles within your activities.

If you can handle your current commitments and still have time to meaningfully engage with NHS, it could be a valuable addition. However, if joining NHS means neglecting activities where you could be taking on a leadership role or making a tangible impact, then it might be wise to prioritize those other opportunities.

Remember, quality and dedication in a few areas often outshine minimal involvement in many. Trust your instincts about where you can make the most meaningful contributions and what excites you the most, as passion can be a powerful differentiator.

7 months ago

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