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Does not having NHS on your activities hurt you?


My school requires two leadership positions to be a member of NHS, and I only hold one (Co-president of the Academic Decathlon Team)... So I am wondering whether not having NHS on my activities would be harmful or not.

One other thought - you might see if NHS is flexible on their definition of "leadership positions." Maybe you hold an informal leadership position in a club, such as training new members. While NHS isn't necessary to have, it would be a shame to not join because you think the rules are stricter than they actually are. Just a thought maybe worth exploring!

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I personally don't think it will. Every competitive college is going to have the typical applicants with NHS on their activities list. Every kid is going to have something to say on how they spent X amount of hours on NHS. If you think about it, if you're the one kid that doesn't, it makes you stand out. That can be a good thing too if you're strong in something else, let's say Academic Decathlon Team. If you don't have NHS on your application, it's not like colleges are going to notice that and say "Oh, this child can't be a part of our school because they didn't participate in NHS".

This is correct. At competitive colleges, there will be tons of NHS students. If you don't have it, but spent your time on activities you cared about and had strong accomplishments, they probably won't even notice. It's not like they're screening out applicants who weren't in NHS or anything, don't worry!
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So depending on dream school if it is an Ivy it might bump you down a little but any non other ivy caliber schools such as Oregon Oklahoma SUNY Binghamton it will not matter NHS will only boost you there a lack will not hurt you.

It’s like going on vactation with an additional $100 dollars good to have but not necessarily needed.

Please comment if you need clarification.