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  • Why Are Our Core Values Important?
    As we’ve grown, it has become extremely important to define the Core Values of Honor Society. This is to explicitly and implicitly help all of our members and national committees to flow together cohesively, rooting themselves in the culture and values of our organization. It is important for us to give information on how we lay the foundation for decision making, what our mission is, and how our culture can help members to be the best they can be in everyday situations. You can find our page outlining our Core Values here.   
  • HonorSociety.org raises over $20,000 for the American Red Cross International Emergency Responses
    WASHINGTON D.C. (April 1, 2014) – HonorSociety.org held a fundraising campaign this spring to raise money and awareness for the American Red Cross International Emergency Responses efforts. HonorSociety.org raised over $20,000 for the American Red Cross and those affected in disaster areas around the world.
  • HonorSociety.org Members Visit Washington, D.C.
    This summer, HonorSociety.org members from all over the country met up to attend the member trip in DC. These 5 days included site seeing, exploring DC by day and night, and new friendships. The goal of these member trips is to connect the members so that they can establish more networking opportunities and build friendships that will last a lifetime. 
  • Honor Society Core Values
    As we grow as a society, it has become more and more important to explicitly define the core values from which we develop our culture, our mission, and our decision-making framework. These are the ten core values that we live by. Pursue Excellence Honor Society members pursue excellence in every area of their lives. Whether it be in their academic pursuits, as leaders in their group of friends and families, or in their careers the pursuit of excellence is a driver in decision making. Innovate and Drive Change Members of Honor Society are creative and critical thinkers. They are not afraid to think outside of the box and to suggest change when it is needed. Honor Society members are the change drivers that will make our future a better place. Embrace Knowledge and Intellectual Pursuits HonorSociety.org members are proud to embrace knowledge and intellectual pursuits. A majority of members go on to graduate school programs including Masters and PHD programs, Medical School, and Law School. Seek Growth and Progress Part of living out the Honor Society values is to know that there is always room for growth and to seek it out. This means taking advantage of the Honor Society resources, reaching out to professors for enrichment, and teaming up with peers to motivate and encourage one another. Be Bold, Creative, and Open-Minded HonorSociety.org members think outside of the box. They’re not afraid to make a statement, push the envelope, and be innovators. Pursue Leadership and Take Initiative HonorSociety.org members are leaders who take initiative when it comes to achieving what they are most passionate about. They demonstrate their leadership on campus as chapter presidents and board members. Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit HonorSociety.org members are both a team and a family, nationally and at the level of their local chapter. Honor Society is a welcoming and supportive community with members who are there to support each other no matter what. Do More With Less HonorSociety.org members don’t wait until they have everything they need. They know they have what it takes to get started and take action in the beginning. Be Passionate and Determined Members of Honor Society are passionate about their academics and their career. They are determined to succeed and do what it takes to make their academic pursuits a reality. Be Humble Humble leaders are respected. Honor Society members become great managers, employees, and team members in large part due to their humble attitude towards work. Humble leaders prioritize acting for the good of their team, not just what’s best for them personally.
  • How to Become a High Achiever in School
    Setting yourself up for success is no easy feat. There are a lot of things that can get in the way of your pursuits along the way and it's important to be prepared for the worst. Successful people don't become millionaires and celebrities overnight. So, what can you do to get to that level of success that you're dreaming about? It's really very simple. You need to be a high achiever. High achievers see things differently than most people. They're more optimistic and tend to work well, even in stressful environments. But becoming a high achiever isn't out of your reach if you truly aspire to do something great with your life. All you need is a little instruction to get you started and you'll be well on your way to a happy and fulfilling life. If you want to better understand how to become a high achiever, you've come to the right place. In this article, we're discussing concepts that high achievers everywhere abide by. Keep reading to learn more. Get Up Early One of the most important things you can do for yourself in order to become a high achiever is to get up early each morning. Go to bed early if you have to. Highly successful people don't sleep much. That's because they're working hard to achieve their goals in a world with many demands. Getting up early allows you to create time for yourself to be reflective and enhance your goal-setting strategies. Be Patient But Persistent Remember that you won't become a great success overnight. But if you're persistent about the things you want, you will see results. Patience is a virtue. That statement is most important when it comes to creating a future. You must have patience and understand that it sometimes takes a long time to see real results, even with small goals. But when you do, the reward is so much greater. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Do things that allow you to broaden your horizons such as community service or other areas of interest. The more you know about things you didn't know before, the more enhanced your vision will be. Be prepared for change at any given time. Life is all about changes and if you're not prepared, you may feel set back, which can slow your progress even more. Set SMART Goals In order to succeed in life, you need to set realistic goals for yourself. These can be daily, weekly, even yearly goals that you strive to achieve. You should always write your goals down somewhere where you'll always see them. SMART goals are some of the most effective goal strategies that successful people use to maintain focus. Specific It's important to make your goals clear and concise so that you can always understand what you intend for your end result to be. Instead of just saying that you want to be more productive, detail specifics that will help your productivity. Measurable Always keep your goals measurable in so much that you can track progress. You'll always want a clear picture of the work that's still necessary to accomplish your goals. Achievable It's okay to have challenges, but never make your goals so intense that they're unachievable. Instead of wanting to read an entire book, set a goal of several chapters each day until you're finished. Results-Focused The best goals are determined by their outcomes. Keep everything specific from start to finish and know what you'll need in the end to create a successful result. Time-Bound Don't set deadlines for yourself that you can't adhere to. Make realistic timelines that create a sense of urgency but also allow you to complete the work you set out to accomplish. Avoid Perfectionism Being a perfectionist will only get you as far as the end of the day. It can interrupt your workflow and cause unnecessary stress that will hinder you from completing your goals. Try to avoid worrying too much about one task or another and move on if something frustrates you. Coming back to a task later can often yield greater results because you have a fresh mindset on the matter. Enjoy Your Work Do everything you can to enjoy the tasks that you're forced to work on. Play soft music while you study or craft creative ways to remember information so that it's more fun to perform each time you sit down to do it. If you're a social person and your work is isolating, make sure to take time out to focus on interaction so that you don't get bored. Set Challenges Set challenges for yourself and see them as opportunities to improve. Working through mundane tasks can create boredom and loss of interest. But if you set minor challenges in your work, it will make you feel more successful when you complete the challenge. When you feel more successful, you'll have more drive to go on to even more challenges and tasks that help you get where you want to go. Be Responsible Be a responsible person, both in your decision making and actions toward others and your community. If you have deadlines, make sure you get things turned in on time. If you have a schedule, stick to it. Always make sure that you're projecting your best self. It will not only make you feel more confident, you'll also appear more confident to others. A High Achiever Deserves Honor When you're able to give it all you've got and a little more, you've successfully become a high achiever. Just remember to keep these guidelines in mind as you become more and more successful. They will help you stay focused while making your own dreams come true. Being a high achiever is easy once you put your mind to it. Just stay in rhythm with your goals and the rest will be history. If you're a high achiever with a passion for success, become a member. We honor the best and help students like you achieve even more.
  • Get to Know the Academic Honor Society's Top Chapters
    The experiences you have at university can shape the rest your life. However, unlike high school, it's your responsibility to make those experiences valuable ones. If you're serious about your enriching your university experience and creating high caliber opportunities for yourself, in order to create the best life for yourself as an adult, there's no better way to do that than by joining an academic honor society. Even academic staff join chapter boards as a way to improve their professional experience. Through activities, workshops, mentoring with faculty, networking with like-minded peers and professionals, as well as other resources, joining an academic honor society refines the transition between being a student and becoming a contributing member of society. Check out these top-performing honor societies to see firsthand how they can transform your college experience. 2017 Platinum Chapters University of Houston This academic honor society exemplifies the spirit of leadership that all our honor societies embody. At this chapter, members get together to organize events that not only benefit students but the community as well. For example, last year they hosted a gun awareness workshop that is so important in today's climate. Pennsylvania State University This Pennsylvania chapter is hosted at a 163-year-old school that is one of the top ranking schools in many departments, including geology, nuclear engineering, and developmental psychology. Because so many Penn State students are academically competitive, joining this chapter is an excellent way to secure lucrative internships after graduation. University of Texas at San Antonio This is one of the biggest schools in Texas, meaning that you have a lot of competition. As a member of the University of Texas at San Antonio's HonorSociety.org chapter, you can get an edge on the competition. This honor society is a great addition to your resume, as employers like to see extracurricular activities. While sports may get you a good scholarship, they're not as relevant in the workplace. 2017 Gold Chapters University of Texas at El Paso With over 20,000 students, joining the University of Texas at El Paso's academic honor society is a great way to meet new people. Not only will you make new friends, but you can meet the right people to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Whenever you feel stuck or unmotivated in your college career, you can turn to your chapter members for help. They may even help you find the perfect internship after you graduate. Fort Valley State University This university, located in Fort Valley, Georgia, is an excellent school. With a 19:1 student-faculty ratio, you are receiving a quality education with the finest resources. You can get even more resources by joining their HonorSociety.org chapter. As with all chapters, member have benefits that the general population of university students don't receive. This is especially true for specific HonorSociety.org scholarships. Other benefits may include access to job banks and study abroad opportunities. Even after graduation, you will have a lifetime membership that guarantees you access to these perks. DeVry University at North Brunswick This chapter opened on October 31, 2016, is located at DeVry's campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It is recognized for its amazing community service efforts, connecting students and the community to help make the world a better place. The founding chapter president, Arooba Najaf, stated, "As the President of the Honor Society I am involved to make the new chapter successful for new students but also beyond the campus," making it clear that this chapter is dedicated to humanitarianism its philanthropic goals. Capital University As a student at a high-ranking university in Ohio, you've already got an edge. However, you're still competing with thousands entering the job market every year. The goal-oriented network provided by these academic chapters can be accessed both online and on campus. The member discounts extend beyond school, and even into the travel industry, health, dining, and Uber. There are even numerous scholarship opportunities that members can take advantage of, whereas regular students cannot. Arguably, the best advantage of these chapters is the job assistance that other students will wish they had. With more and more education potential employees graduating every year, an honor society membership gives students the edge they need to secure the job they want. Members even have lifetime access for the job search tools. 2017 Silver Chapters North Carolina Central University This Alpha Beta chapter is also known as a professional fraternity, which is not uncommon in an academic honor society. When you combine two great university organizations, the only result is something even greater. At this chapter, students can celebrate their talents while giving back to the community, as they've done in such places as Eagle General Hospital on campus. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Like many other honor societies, this successful chapter is also part of a professional fraternity. At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, this academic honor society has been led by some of the most prestigious students, like former president and pre-law student Lindsay Cardosi. She shared how her honor society experience shaped her, saying, "It has taught me more about leadership and how to manage time even more than I had to before." Northern Arizona University At this academic honor society chapter, you have the perfect opportunity to showcase your talents and accomplishments, as well as network with the best of your university. An honor society like the one at Northern Arizona University will give you exclusive access to networking events that the average students will not have. It's the best way to distinguish yourself from the thousands of other students. Additionally, you can use the honor society as a platform to promote yourself. Your membership provides you with special advantages. Your Academic Honor Society If your university has an academic honor society chapter, don't hesitate to reach out and show up for a meeting to learn more about how you can elevate your university experience. If your campus lacks an HonorSociety.org chapter, contact us to find out how you can start one. While being a member of a chapter is certainly impressive, there's nothing more impressive than leading one.
  • What Is the Role of an Academic Community?
    Academia continues to evolve but not always in lock-step with pedagogy. The question of what role an academic community plays comes forward. Especially as different types of educational institutions rise and fall. Higher education trends show a marked uptake of students looking to learn from online or distance classes. Reasons for this include time-saving and structuring, especially when trying to work and school at the same time. The other reason was the level of attention and ability to learn at one's own pace. Overall, the numbers tell a story of modern education. Even as the locations and methods shift between physical and online locations, the role of the academic community remains the same. Academic Community An academic community involves the students, the faculty, and a halo of interested parties. Each wants to help and benefit the others, but the pathway to any given objective isn't always clear. When discussing a community the forest and trees can get confused. What is a cause and what is an effect isn't always clear. One of the reasons academic definitions become tedious revolves around this need for accuracy to create clarity. So, an academic community's role is to provide support. But how does it provide that support and why is support needed? Well, the next couple of sections will nail that down. Knowledge Production Not Knowledge Consumption The scope of information defines the biggest difference between learning institutions. Higher education doesn't just represent more information, but also different approaches to it. Trade schools teach rote skills which can be applied quickly to complete tasks. They provide valuable knowledge to people who provide valuable services and products. Colleges, likewise, provide a bulk of knowledge to understand a field. Universities broaden their horizon and provide background and some interdisciplinary views. Elevating each of these institutions above being 'just school' is their ability to produce knowledge, not simply provide it. It isn't too far from the adage about fishing. Teach a person how to learn and they can learn for life. An academic community provides the support necessary to make the leap from knowing a physics formula to creating an application for that formula. Professional Organizations One of the key components of an academic community is the working world. This end goal of education and knowledge plays a part in guiding the process. Professional organizations want to encourage and cultivate certain skill sets in future candidates. They have a strong financial incentive in doing so, but they also have a legacy. Each class that leaves a school and enters a field aided by a professional organization strengthens the chain. If these chains disappear they take utility with them. The older knowledge and the newer knowledge no longer have the ability to temper each other. Professional organizations provide a glimpse of the working world by reflecting the necessity of skills and problem-solving acumen. They also create a tether for transitioning between education and work. When the working world becomes an extension of the educational world, both worlds benefit. Sum Greater Than the Whole The gestalt effect holds true in a lot of communities. More people working together bring a better solution than several people working in isolation. An academic community builds upon the knowledge pools of the past. This interconnects disciplines to create new solutions. The classical education of modern universities was designed to replicate this effect. They want each student to understand just enough of what other majors and graduates do, so they can not take away, if not outright contribute. Without an academic community, trying to keep all of the people working towards a common goal becomes frustrating and confused. Nobody knows what anyone else is doing, and some people will fight for resources. The community helps to spread the resources to the needs and keep the information channels open. Feedback Few things provide as much assistance as organized and reasoned feedback. Growth accelerates when people know what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. Feeback is essential to know when efforts are making diminishing returns. Academic communities help students to learn without -inventing the wheel. Student-led initiatives also provide feedback for the institutions. These show how new information can be integrated into the educational and working worlds. Trends in education go up as often as they come down. Students innovate and educators maximize time and again. Together they create a system which takes less effort for all and brings in bigger returns. Support in the Trenches Post-graduates and students working on PhDs need first-hand support. Relationships with those that have been there and know what it's like are invaluable. One of the leading reasons for the rising popularity of online and distance courses comes down to the level of attention and assistance that students receive. Students don't do well tackling seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Knowing that someone else defeated the same challenges provides hope. An academic community provides support from others that have been there and done that. it also provides resources built by those same people to make the process more accessible and more valuable. Creating new knowledge doesn't happen without a struggle. When deadlines loom and words can't be found, a few helping hands and like-minded sufferers can make a world of difference. Get Involved Getting involved with an academic community provides benefits for each member. The strength of a group comes from the strength of the individuals. The more people involved who bolster each other, the stronger the community becomes. While it can be difficult to know how much to take on, and when to accept help from others, a solid academic community provides the information to get past those obstacles too. We have a wealth of information about educational opportunities and struggles. We also stay up on all the noteworthy news in changing education techniques and happenings. Joining professional organizations and expanding your world won't do the work for you. However, it will remind you what more the world has to offer and why you are out there building something.
  • 5 Qualities Needed for Academic Leadership
    Do you feel like you're a natural born leader? Do others look to both your academic and interpersonal skills when they need help? Are you interested in learning how to grow your leadership abilities so that you can use them to launch your career or get into the college you've always dreamed about? If so, then you need to keep reading. In this post, you'll learn about five of the most important core values needed for excellent academic leadership. 1. Excellent Communication Skills Are Necessary For Academic Leadership Far and away the most important academic leadership quality that a person can have? The ability to both communicate their own ideas effectively, as well as listen and prove engagement with the ideas of others. Let's say you've been nominated by your classmates as the leader of a large group project. How can you make your expectations clear when it comes to what you expect out of each member of the group? How can you ensure that the people you're working with also get a say, and feel that their own ideas are being heard? It's all about good -- and usually, frequent -- communication. Start by asking people about what they love to do. Once you get to know their strengths (and even their personalities) you'll be able to delegate in a way that satisfies everyone. Then, be sure to check in throughout the process. Set several smaller goals as opposed to one large one, to make evaluating your progress and the process easier. Above all, remain open to both feedback and criticism, and truly listen to what others have to say. 2. Proactivity Too many people spend their lives sitting around, waiting for a miracle to happen. However, they're not actually putting in the work -- instead, they're just relying on "fate" or "coincidence" or "luck" to make all of their dreams come true. Additionally, proactivity is all about planning ahead and anticipating problems. It means always having a Plan B in place so that you're not scrambling when something unexpected happens. You might create a study schedule for an upcoming exam, in order to prevent cramming the night before. You might start researching and applying to summer academic programs months before the summer vacation actually starts so that you can be sure to pick the best one for you. Of course, being proactive means that you'll also have a list of other possible ways to spend your summer, just in case you don't get into the program of your choice. Proactivity means having the ability to recognize which tasks are the most essential, and creating a prioritized list of what needs to be accomplished first. Above all, it's about being prepared for the worst while still hoping, planning, and staying positive about getting the best results. 3. Knowing When To Take Risks Strong academic leadership is not about playing it safe. Of course, there's a difference between knowing when to take risks, and acting in a reckless manner. The quality of a good leader is knowing which risks are worth taking. This means that you'll need to evaluate the potential losses and gains of each risky decision you're considering making. What is the worst thing that could happen -- and are those worst-case scenarios something you can recover from? Alternatively, are the possible positive outcomes simply too great to pass up? And do you have a determined team of people around you that can lessen your chances of failure? Remember, leadership (and life) is all about getting out of your comfort zone. 4. Resilience One of the most important qualities when it comes to academic leadership? Being able to get back up when you're knocked down -- and not letting the feeling of "failure" scare you off from trying again. People aren't going to like your ideas. You're going to make some missteps along the way. Your proposals will get rejected, you won't win every election, and you won't ace every exam. What matters is your ability to learn from your mistakes, and to appreciate the errors you've made as an opportunity for growth. Adopting a resilient attitude won't only prevent you from talking down to yourself and underestimating your abilities. It will also inspire those around you to dust themselves off and get back out there. Embrace rejection, and count every failure as one step closer to a success. 5. Passion For What You Do Let's get one thing straight: if you don't truly love what you do, chances are that you won't be motivated to keep working at it for much longer. Think about something that brings you joy in life. Maybe you're obsessed with traveling, maybe you love the feeling of winning a competition or game, or perhaps you've always wanted to follow a certain career path. Whatever you're passionate about, think about how your academic performance and even extracurricular activities will help you to feed that passion and improve your skill set. If you love what you do, you won't think twice about staying up late to get things done. Staying in to study as opposed to going out with your friends to a big party won't feel like a sacrifice because you know you're on the road to a larger goal waiting down the line. Once you figure out what makes you tick, stick with it -- and share your love with others so they can be inspired by your passion. Ready To Start Practicing Academic Leadership? In this post, we've outlined just five of the many personal and professional qualities needed for academic leadership. Now, you just need the ability to put these ideas into practice in your own life. That's where the Honor Society can help. We're dedicated to fostering and recognizing the top student leaders from across the country. Every day, we work hard to ensure that you continue to stay on the path to personal, academic, and professional success. Spend some time on our blog to learn more about how to stay motivated, how to lead others effectively, and how to get one step closer to achieving your dreams.
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