OCCRA
Go to Post I believe everyone should give a modicum of repsect to each person they meet for the first time. After that it is up to them as to whether to give you a reason to increase that respect or detract from it. - Al Skierkiewicz [more]
Home
Go Back   Chief Delphi > Other > Chit-Chat
CD-Events   CD-Media   CD-Spy   FRC-Spy  
portal register members calendar search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read FAQ rules

 
Reply
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-05-2007, 03:04 PM
whytheheckme's Avatar
whytheheckme whytheheckme is offline
Registered User
AKA: Jacob Komar
no team
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Rookie Year: 2005
Location: Providence, RI
Posts: 1,318
whytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via ICQ to whytheheckme Send a message via AIM to whytheheckme Send a message via MSN to whytheheckme Send a message via Yahoo to whytheheckme Send a message via Skype™ to whytheheckme
National Honors Society

Last night I was inducted into the NHS, and I was just thinking about it...

For those mentors that were inducted into the NHS when they were in HS, how has it affected your life? Has it provided more opportunities, got you into the college of your choice, etc?

I'm just kind of wondering if it's just another thing for the resumé, or if it is an active, living, breathing organization.

Wasn't quite sure where to put this, so I picked Chit-Chat. Mods can move it around if appropriate.

Jacob
Reply With Quote
  #2   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-05-2007, 03:33 PM
Beth Sweet's Avatar
Beth Sweet Beth Sweet is offline
is getting lost in her new home
FRC #0116 (Epsilon Delta), #1504 (alum), #67 (alum)
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Rookie Year: 2003
Location: Reston, VA
Posts: 1,938
Beth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond reputeBeth Sweet has a reputation beyond repute
Re: National Honors Society

Well, I'm going to say this as kindly as I can. I was turned down for NHS because I lacked leadership skills. Yeah...

Pretty much, I have found that none of my friends who were in NHS had any residual effects sans great/fun memories from participation. It will help you get into college if you're borderline, and it's a great place to make friends and have fun while helping. Past that, there's no like, special thing in college for NHS'ers. You can put it on your resume, but past college, the advisers suggest you leave off the HS stuff unless it's directly related to your major. (ex. I was in FIRST in HS so I've been working engineering for 8 years now)

Good luck and congratulations!
__________________
This season, I was a part of a great team, with great kids who were really inspired, and who inspired me back. That's my brag, what's yours?
Reply With Quote
  #3   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-05-2007, 04:53 PM
KTorak's Avatar
KTorak KTorak is offline
Fire Rescue 47
AKA: Kyle Dersch
FRC #1023 (Bedford Express)
Team Role: Driver
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Rookie Year: 2005
Location: Montgomery Village, MD
Posts: 899
KTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond reputeKTorak has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to KTorak
Re: National Honors Society

I can't say its a really big thing besides in terms of college applications and if you're looking for a job or seeking a position (say school team) that requires leadership skills. Also, NHS 'perks' vary from school to school. We get an off campus lunch every Friday (for ONLY NHS members), however, we are getting shorter lunches next year. Rumor is we are getting preferred parking spots closest to the school (not as cool, but hey...it's a perk).
__________________
Kyle D- Myspace - Facebook
2008 Bedford Express Driver & Build & Design (Team) Co-Leader
2007 Bedford Express Driver & Build & Design (Team) Leader
2006 Bedford Express Driver, Build Team Member, & Board of Directors
2005 Bedford Express Rookie, Build Team Member & Robot Operator
-
2008 - GLR Quarter Finalist
2007 - GLR Finalist & Boilermaker Finalist & MARC Off Season Event Winner
2006 - GLR Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship Award & Archimedes 7th Seed Quarter Finalist
2005 - GLR Finalist & Judges Award.
2004 - GLR Semi Finalist.
2003 - GLR/DTR Quarter Finalist & GLR/NAT'L Rookie All Star.
Reply With Quote
  #4   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-05-2007, 08:58 PM
4throck 4throck is offline
Registered User
FRC #1418 (Vae Victus)
Team Role: Alumni
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Rookie Year: 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Posts: 57
4throck is a name known to all4throck is a name known to all4throck is a name known to all4throck is a name known to all4throck is a name known to all4throck is a name known to all
Re: National Honors Society

NHS is essentially a wannabe cult at my school. They do nothing, although they do sacrifice a goat once a year. Delicious.
Reply With Quote
  #5   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-05-2007, 09:01 PM
cooker52's Avatar
cooker52 cooker52 is offline
Cookie
AKA: Seth Cook
FRC #4272
Team Role: Mentor
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Rookie Year: 2007
Location: Indiana
Posts: 476
cooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant future
Send a message via AIM to cooker52 Send a message via Skype™ to cooker52
Re: National Honors Society

I'm not sure wether I'm involved or not. Might having something to do with skipping a semester of public school for online classes and a cross-country bike trip.
__________________
I will never be able to leave 1501. Trust me, I did and I came back.

“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” Lance Armstrong

Monocoque, what a beautiful thing.
Reply With Quote
  #6   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-05-2007, 09:09 PM
Grant Cox Grant Cox is offline
Back for more.
FRC #0148 (Robowranglers)
Team Role: Tactician
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Rookie Year: 2007
Location: Greenville, TX
Posts: 390
Grant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond repute
Re: National Honors Society

I was denied induction because a week before the mandatory service hours were due, the place I was supposed to volunteer at cancelled on me and rescheduled. Then they cancelled the new date, and by this point it was too late to find somewhere else. I was 2 hours short, and honestly, membership in something like that shouldn't be based on something silly like a set number of service hours.

I have the leadership qualities, the good school qualities, etc. I also put in WAY more than the required amount due to FIRST activities (helping with FLL, river cleanups, etc), but for some odd reason they only allow 4 hours per activity if it's not "NHS sponsored."

I've talked to college friends, one of which actually deals directly with the admissions department at CalTech. They all say that NHS involvement plays little to no role in your application consideration. In my case, I can still consider the hours I did accomplish as general "community service."
__________________
VEX Robotics Marketing Manager

ThunderChicken driver '07-'08
Robowrangler '13-?

FIRST in Michigan, VEX Robotics World Championship, now Texas MC/Game Announcer '08-?
Reply With Quote
  #7   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-06-2007, 07:59 AM
Unsung FIRST Hero
Al Skierkiewicz Al Skierkiewicz is offline
Broadcast Eng/Chief Robot Inspector
AKA: Big Al WFFA 2005
FRC #0111 (WildStang)
Team Role: Engineer
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Rookie Year: 1996
Location: Wheeling, IL
Posts: 10,078
Al Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond reputeAl Skierkiewicz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: National Honors Society

Jacob,
Congratulations! I think it is spectacular to be in the National Honor Society. Keep up the good work. I think it will open doors for you but it is a badge of honor. It is like other outward signs that an individual is judged by. Young people have very little to be judged by, no history or accomplishments so it helps to make you stand out from the crowd.
That does not mean that being an NHS member insures your success. If you ask some of the mentors here, I think you will find that many did not achieve this level of success. I, for one, did not come close to NHS status in high school. I was just an average student, right in the middle of my graduating class. I think that any student involved in FIRST has the ability to achieve whatever they want, be that bettering their grades, going on to college, receiving entrance to NHS, or becoming Eagle Scouts. I think each and every one is special enough to change the planet in some way.
__________________
Good Luck All. Learn something new, everyday!
Al
WB9UVJ
www.wildstang.org
________________________
All is better now, NOS parts are working fine. Why does this year's game remind me of Violet in Willie Wonka? Hmmmm, I see blueberries!
Reply With Quote
  #8   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-06-2007, 09:59 AM
artdutra04's Avatar
artdutra04 artdutra04 is offline
VEX Robotics Engineer
AKA: Arthur Dutra IV; NERD #18
FRC #0148 (Robowranglers)
Team Role: Engineer
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Rookie Year: 2002
Location: Greenville, TX
Posts: 3,027
artdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond reputeartdutra04 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: National Honors Society

I was one of the first students in my class [of 2007] to be inducted into the National Honor Society at my high school. Since then, if being a member of the NHS has any impact on getting into college or finding a job, it has been minimal. (Although part of this could be due to the fact that people in the NHS probably already have crowded resumes, so any single club or achievement would be weighted less than a sparse resume.)

But mostly, National Honor Society is like receiving a Key to the City award. Something cool to tell other people about, but don't expect privileges and favors, left and right because of it.
__________________
Art Dutra IV
Robotics Engineer, VEX Robotics, Inc., a subsidiary of Innovation First International (IFI)
Robowranglers Team 148 | GUS Robotics Team 228 (Alumni) | Rho Beta Epsilon (Alumni) | @arthurdutra

世上无难事,只怕有心人.
Reply With Quote
  #9   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-06-2007, 10:01 AM
Grant Cox Grant Cox is offline
Back for more.
FRC #0148 (Robowranglers)
Team Role: Tactician
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Rookie Year: 2007
Location: Greenville, TX
Posts: 390
Grant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond reputeGrant Cox has a reputation beyond repute
Re: National Honors Society

That's a good point. I agree that being in FIRST will help you more than any cult-like society (it is at our school too), not just in terms of putting it on the applications, but also the work ethic and skills you obtain.

Example: Right now I am interning at FANUC Robotics as part of our school's MST curriculum (think of it like a co-op program, except unpaid). They won't take people who weren't on the FIRST team, simply because they don't work as hard as someone who has that type of experience.
__________________
VEX Robotics Marketing Manager

ThunderChicken driver '07-'08
Robowrangler '13-?

FIRST in Michigan, VEX Robotics World Championship, now Texas MC/Game Announcer '08-?
Reply With Quote
  #10   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-06-2007, 10:03 AM
whytheheckme's Avatar
whytheheckme whytheheckme is offline
Registered User
AKA: Jacob Komar
no team
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Rookie Year: 2005
Location: Providence, RI
Posts: 1,318
whytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond reputewhytheheckme has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via ICQ to whytheheckme Send a message via AIM to whytheheckme Send a message via MSN to whytheheckme Send a message via Yahoo to whytheheckme Send a message via Skype™ to whytheheckme
Re: National Honors Society

Thanks for the wonderful responses!

I kind of thought that it was just a title/honor/something to put on a resumé. I was just wondering if there were any other experiences out there. So far, I haven't really seen any. Thanks for the feedback.

Jacob
Reply With Quote
  #11   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-06-2007, 11:16 AM
JaneYoung's Avatar
JaneYoung JaneYoung is offline
Onward through the fog.
FRC #0418 (LASA Robotics/Purple Haze)
Team Role: Alumni
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Rookie Year: 2002
Location: Austin, TX USA
Posts: 5,956
JaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond reputeJaneYoung has a reputation beyond repute
Re: National Honors Society

I thought about this for a while and decided to enter a nostalgic reply.

This is what Wikipedia has to say:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Honor_Society

Its purpose was important for many years. I graduated from high school in 1969 during a time of change in the United States. Change had been coming for a while and with that, turbulence in society and in high schools and universities. The NHS was a place of honor. It represented achievement and respect. The members of NHS were looked up to and admired by their peers, their faculty, and their administration.They wore letter sweaters and it was special. During that time, it was not assumed that everyone would go to college or even apply. The students in NHS were that hope. And there wasn't FIRST. There were few places to be recognized for leadership, working hard at achieving academic goals and standing, setting the bar. Today, when I meet young people who are members of NHS, I think about that. It is different now, with so many options in education and in achieving goals, but it will mean what you want it to mean and will garner respect from those who understand and appreciate its value. Not everything has to be cashed in or has to have instant recognition. Sometimes being a part of a program of value and opportunity is enough. And, what you put into the program is what you get out of it.
Jane
__________________
Excellence is contagious. ~ Andy Baker, President, AndyMark, Inc. and Woodie Flowers Award 2003

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
~ Helen Keller
(1880-1968)

Last edited by JaneYoung : 06-06-2007 at 11:57 AM. Reason: last sentence
Reply With Quote
  #12   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-06-2007, 10:34 PM
cooker52's Avatar
cooker52 cooker52 is offline
Cookie
AKA: Seth Cook
FRC #4272
Team Role: Mentor
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Rookie Year: 2007
Location: Indiana
Posts: 476
cooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant futurecooker52 has a brilliant future
Send a message via AIM to cooker52 Send a message via Skype™ to cooker52
Re: National Honors Society

Quote:
Originally Posted by JaneYoung View Post
Sometimes being a part of a program of value and opportunity is enough. And, what you put into the program is what you get out of it.
Jane
So true, so true. That's how most activities work, and most of them are usually fun. It's other things like the NHS that actually awards people who they see. Not everyone needs to see what you do, it's those who it affects that it truly matters to. A simple service project shouldn't be to get attention or inducted into orginizations such as the NHS, but to help others, and do what's right. I am not trying to make NHS sound like it's for those who are snoby, it is a great thing to be a part of and shows that you have done great things, I'm just saying that you don't need it to feel great or noticed. NHS is just to show a FEW things that everyone has done. It shows a small part of something big. Don't ever feel like you need to be in those programs, and don't feel so let down if you don't get inducted in. Keep up helping people, and never feel discouraged.
__________________
I will never be able to leave 1501. Trust me, I did and I came back.

“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” Lance Armstrong

Monocoque, what a beautiful thing.
Reply With Quote
  #13   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-07-2007, 12:40 AM
efoote868 efoote868 is offline
foote stepped in
AKA: E. Foote
no team
Team Role: Alumni
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Rookie Year: 2005
Location: Appleton, WI
Posts: 998
efoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond reputeefoote868 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: National Honors Society

I got into NHS this year... and as far as I'm concerned it isn't a big deal. About 10-20% of the kids in my grade get in (and seeing that just the class of '08 has 1039 kids in it...)

The only perk we get is that we get to wear a gold tassle at graduation.
__________________
Former member / mentor of FRC team 868
Go TechHOUNDS!


Reply With Quote
  #14   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-07-2007, 01:28 PM
Andrea's Mom's Avatar
Andrea's Mom Andrea's Mom is offline
Go MOE!
AKA: Jean Agra
FRC #0365 (MOE)
Team Role: Parent
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Rookie Year: 2005
Location: Hockessin, Delaware
Posts: 17
Andrea's Mom is a name known to allAndrea's Mom is a name known to allAndrea's Mom is a name known to allAndrea's Mom is a name known to allAndrea's Mom is a name known to allAndrea's Mom is a name known to all
Re: National Honors Society

At my daughters' school, I don't think there are any special privileges attached to NHS other than the cool blue collar/hood they wear at graduation. However, the service hour requirement is a good one because as the girls got busier and busier with upper class activities and AP's, they had less time to volunteer. With the 50 hr. per year requirement for jr. and sr. year, they did manage to squeeze in a few service projects with MOE 365 and Girl Scouts and drama productions. Their school has a 3.4 GPA requirement which helped slightly with senioritis.

I think NHS is a way of recognizing those kids who work hard at school and in the community and I'm sad for those of you who are told you can't be a part because of the leadership requirement. Leadership comes in so many forms.
Reply With Quote
  #15   Spotlight this post!  
Unread 06-08-2007, 06:46 PM
catsylve catsylve is offline
Registered User
FRC #3538
Team Role: Coach
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Rookie Year: 2007
Location: Missouri
Posts: 69
catsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond reputecatsylve has a reputation beyond repute
Re: National Honors Society

Quote:
Originally Posted by JaneYoung View Post
Not everything has to be cashed in or has to have instant recognition. Sometimes being a part of a program of value and opportunity is enough. And, what you put into the program is what you get out of it.
Jane
For many schools, NHS will be an entirely different organization. It may be highly active at some and simply an honorary society at others. For this reason, I think that each person needs to take a look at what it means to them. I have seen many highly qualified students passed by at our school for silly reasons. We have students who have completed over 500 to 1000 hours of community service and are not selected, simply because they weren't worried about filling out all of the paper work. This doesn't make them less deserving. Take the honor for what it is worth. Keep giving of yourselves to help others and remember that you are the only person who really has the right to judge what you are accomplishing with your efforts.
__________________
2012 Woodie Flowers Finalist, St. Louis Regional
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Science National Honor Society Alex Burman Math and Science 1 12-12-2005 08:03 PM
UFH Honors WFA Winner Paul Copioli Brandon Martus Announcements 0 05-01-2005 04:19 PM
Engineering Honors Robot design courses joe_balint General Forum 1 04-29-2005 02:37 PM
IU Honors Program (Foreign Language) Eugenia Gabrielov Chit-Chat 2 11-11-2004 12:46 PM
National Honor Society DaveyPotter144 Chit-Chat 21 05-19-2002 02:24 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:36 PM.

The Chief Delphi Forums are sponsored by Innovation First International, Inc.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © Chief Delphi