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Will me having a poem published in a book/online make me more appealing to colleges also I'm a member of NSHSS?
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I have a poem that was actually put into a book, and is currently on Poem Nations website, also I'm a member of NSHSS will that make them look at me more closely?

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Oh, Honey. The NSHSS is not worth anything. You threw away that money. Since their criteria for recruitment is so broad, being in them will not help you. The National Honor Society, on the other hand, has this selectivity. Not everyone is going to get into NHS but almost everyone can get accepted into the NSHSS. The fact that it's a pay to enter and the criteria are so broad means it cannot help you. It is also a fairly young organization, so these failings are not made up for with prestige.

As for publishing poetry, if it's related to your major, then do it. Try to get more published work but yes, you can put it down.

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to add on NSHSS is a scam and it is widely known to be a joke amongst high school students. it’s okay that you didn’t know this before - a lot of students who aren’t aware of this join - but you should quit asap. they don’t do anything g harmful but they’re not worth anything since colleges know it’s a fake organization and they got $75 from you.

definitely for writing, publish your stuff wherever you can - contests, literary magazines, especially in your school. see also if you can be a leader within your school’s literary clubs, book club, magazine, english hon soc, etc. i highly recommend if you have enough poems to self- publish your own collection of them. hope this helps!

I kinda feel stupid now it makes sense, but I thank you both for answering my question and yeah I plan to major in journalism so it helps that I have something published under my belt. About NSHSS I had never heard of it before and it seemed reputable, I even looked up stuff online before I paid for it. I kinda always find myself being scammed online next time I do something like this I'll ask people like you guys on Collegevine for advice :)
no problem, it’s glad you came to us anyway! it’s not a total waste cause there are a lot of kids who are in it (like they are legit in that they still hold events) but it won’t count for anything from an admissions standpoint. don’t worry about it :)
ALSO fyi for future reference if an honor society asks you to pay a membership fee that’s over 10-20$ (school dues) then it’s 100% fake. no reputable honor society asks for a membership fee unless you’re joining your school chapter of something, and then you have to pay a little bit to your school so they can pay the organization their chapter fee