So I am trying to decide if I want to apply to NHS. So all of my ec's are either tier 1 or tier 2, and I won't have space to put down being a member of NHS without removing one of my more meaningful ec's. However, if I don't do NHS but most applicants from my school no NHS, will that decrease my chances? Thanks!
If NHS is something you'd enjoy, do it. You will have many, many applications in addition to college applications. There are scholarships, academic, and or other special interest programs. Most of them either ask for a complete resume or give you a lot more space to list activities. NHS has officers, so it is a club in which you can distinguish yourself as a leader and be able to put that down under the "Leadership Positions Held" portion that's on most all of these additional applications. Your school's faculty will see who is in NHS, and you will need letters of recommendation from them. It's also a great way to interact with other academic and leadership-minded peers at your school, and encourage and mentor younger students at your school. Also, when you list your extracurriculars on your college application, you might choose to group them in such a way as to have a spot for NHS. You won't know until you lay everything out at the time and see what are the word limits for each listing. That being said, I echo what others have answered in that you shouldn't choose activities based on how you think they will look on your applications. However, NHS doesn't usually require a lot of time and effort, and you might find that you really like it and that it adds something to your life.
I think what’s more important is doing things you want to do. If you want to do NHs (time-permitting) then absolutely do it!! If you have lots of Tier 1 and 2 activities though, that will distinguish you from everyone else — regardless of whether you do NHS or not. Also, think about it this way: if a ton of people applying to the school you want to go to do NHS it means is probably pretty standard and not seen as something “out of the ordinary”. If you did NHS, it probably won’t wow admissions people, as they will see it on everyone’s. Thus, it likely won’t help you that much. That being said, it’s still a great opportunity and colleges like to see participation so if it’s something you have time for and are genuinely interested I say go for it!! It certainly doesn’t hurt!
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