College is such a weird time of your life. You’re kind of an adult, but you still can’t get enough of Turkey Twizzlers and Alphabetti Spaghetti for your dinner. You kind of like living on your own but you also wish you could cuddle your momma before you go to sleep – and you kind of love learning, but you’re also pretty done with having to put a lot of effort into life. However, most of us know the importance of a college education, and will work our… ahem, derrieres (phew)… off to ensure that we at least pretend to be an adult for the sake of looking prim and proper at our graduation ceremony. Yet, with so much on your college plate, it can be easy to ignore the email from your college National Honors Society – but should you really ignore that email? Here’s why you shouldn’t:
It’s a huge honor
I mean, the clue is kinda in the name, but joining a National Honors Society is one of the biggest honors a college student can achieve, and will really put into perspective the amount of hard work and dedication you have put into your degree. After all, we all love to be recognized for what we have done right in the world. By being one of the few to be invited to their iconic induction ceremonies and by being one of the few to wear a few more colors on your graduation cap, you can improve your self-confidence and self-worth.
You may have scholarship opportunities
If you’re an honors student, there’s a high chance that you have some major goals in your life – and although it may not seem like it at times, there are people out there who want to help you reach your goal. Many universities and organizations offer honor students the chance to take advantage of scholarship opportunities that could simply help out your student debt, or take you on experiences that can help you find a job after graduation. Some honor students are even given grants to go to conferences or exhibitions that can help you mingle with the right people.
You learn new skills
Being a part of a National Honors Society isn’t just about wearing more colors and feeling superior. These societies also allow students to learn new skills and take charge of their own organizations. While it will look pretty incredible on your resume to write that you were the president of your honors society, you can also get involved in other ways. If you are undertaking an events management degree, taking charge of your society’s events could be the perfect way to show that you’re intelligent and motivated to succeed.
You can give back to the community
When you go to college, it can be easy to live in your own little bubble for three or four years, obtain your degree at the end of it, and leave your alma mater behind you. Yet, what if you want to be part of something more than that? Being part of a National Honors Society not only lets you be part of something greater than just yourself, but it also allows you to be part of a community. You make friends with those you may not have met initially, and you work towards a common goal that gives back to the community. What’s better than that?
If you’ve recently received an invitation to join your college’s National Honors Society, then take our advice… Don’t ignore the email! Joining your honors society can not only improve your college experience, but it will also get your ready for life in the adult world, even if you’re a little cautious about leaving the teenage world behind you.