Monday, February 8, 2016

Is Your $70 Going to Waste?

by Anika Hossain

If you have a 3.5 GPA or higher, you really earned it. It’s not easy. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes that and acknowledges hard working students. So if you have been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, congratulations! You deserve to be acknowledged.

Because of the recognition of being a Phi Theta Kappa member, many members pay the $70 fee. However, all they do about their membership is show it off on their resume and Linkedin, and boast it to recruiters. But think about it. These members are paying a $70 fee- for what? Just to get the title of being a Phi Theta Kappa member? Is it really worth it? Moreover, when the recruiters will ask them what they did for Phi Theta Kappa, they will have no stories to tell. Unless, of course, they lie.

If you are one of those members, there’s still time to change that. As a non-active member, the only privilege you have is to tell people that you’re a Phi Theta Kappa member. But as an active member, the rewards are much more than that. First of all, you are more likely to receive a scholarship as an active member. You will have many real stories to tell recruiters and mention in your scholarship applications about your leadership experience and community service. You will have the opportunity to attend Leadership trainings and conferences in and out of state which will really help you build your skills. And last but not least, you will have a pool of connections- other honors students and advisors who are professors of the college.

Whether you want the $70 fee to pay off or to go to waste is really up to you. If you want to make the most out of your Phi Theta Kappa membership, the only way to do so is by being an active member. So are you ready? Let’s make a movement together. We are truly looking forward to see you shine!

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