1. Let’s start at the beginning. Some students aren’t familiar with honor societies. Please describe what they are and provide a few examples.
There are honor societies for lots of populations, often organized around majors or disciplines. For example,
a) Beta Beta Beta, for biology students;
b) Kappa Delta Pi, for education students;
c) Psi Chi, for psychology students;
d) Omicron Delta Kappa, for students excelling in leadership;
e) Phi Eta Sigma, for first-year college students;
f) Phi Beta Kappa is often considered the most prestigious, because not only does it recognize the highest-achieving students at a particular college or university, but it also only allows certain colleges or universities to join. It is, therefore, very elite.
In all cases, students are invited to join based on criteria, often GPA. Other examples include letters of recommendation, evidence of good character and placing in the top 25% of the class.
In all cases, however, students can’t just “sign up” to join. They must be invited, must apply, must be vetted by some process. Very often, honor societies put all the emphasis on the first part – it’s an honor. But some actually form a society, so to speak, which performs community service or provides other benefits for members.