If you didn’t know already, National Honors Society (NHS) is a service organization set up to collect members with strong character, leadership abilities and a desire to do service to the school or community.
I am strongly considering joining NHS but not necessarily for the right reasons. First and foremost, I have been told NHS looks very good on your record and is an ever important extracurricular activity on your college application. Second of all, I am planning on joining to see if my assumption that NHS is a fraud is correct (more on that in a second). I don’t really have an aspiration to be the best human being on the planet helping everyone and acting like the robot that would most ideally exhibit the traits NHS looks for. If NHS did not look good on student’s permanent records, I would say that at least 90% of the members currently enrolled would not be in there. There is mandatory community service hours that must be completed each semester as well but those are not that big a deal and I doubt many of the members mind that.
What I find odd is that NHS and massive fund raising efforts go hand in hand. It seems as if every other week, NHS members are encouraged (i.e. If you don’t do it, you’re out of NHS. No, really.) to sell candy, flowers, clothes, etc. There are certain quotas that each member is obligated (i.e. If you don’t sell them, you’ve bought em. No, really.) to sell a certain amount of their goods. What exactly this fund raising is for remains in question. NHS does not appear to buy anything for the members except for the one shirt they get for joining. The fact that kids want the recommendation from NHS so bad and the fact that in conjunction, NHS forces kids to sell their candy is what tipped me off in the first place that something was awry with NHS. If the kids don’t sell the candy, they’re out of NHS and out of a good recommendation. Theres only one real choice, sell candy. A LOT of it. That is one of the reasons why I want to join, the inside look on what could be a huge fraud.
Which brings me to my point. How many of you guys have been in NHS? Would you have done it if it wasn’t going to be on your permanant record? How do you think it influenced the college that did/did not accept you? Where do you think all that fund raising money goes? Do you think that NHS makes the world a better place and that the members go on to be super-successful billionaires who save the world and end world hunger and all that? If you ask me, its not bloody likely.