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Anyone ever hear of the Golden Key Honor Society?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by JulianCrane, Jan 28, 2002.

  1. JulianCrane

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    I just got a letter from them. It seems prestigious and all, but they request a $60.00 one-time lifetime membership fee. Does anyone know if this organization is legitimate?
     
  2. eagle26

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    yes, it's legit. I got an invite when I was in college, though I just threw the letter out.
     
  3. moo

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    Yes it's legit. One of my friends is the president of the chapter at our university. It's great if you can get involved and stuff, and they do some cool things.
     
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    I joined it also. Not a bad opportunity, but like anything else it all comes down to what you put into it.
     
  5. rajneel1

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    GK is great! you should join. they do good service and everything is voluntary. i was an officer and did some stuff at internationals. i'm still kind of involved. it is definitely legit. but you get what you put into it. it is nice to be recognized for academic excellence. your parents will be happy.
     
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    At least from what I've observed in my own limited experience, it's not necessarily uncommon for honor societies to have a lifetime membership fee. Phi Beta Kappa, for example, requires $45 in exchange for lifetime membership. Of course, if a fee is exorbitant, suspicion might be warranted. Golden Key is definitely legitimate though.

    Congratulations, Julian!
     
  7. Optimistic

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    I am a member but chapter at my university is not very active I suppose. I have never heard from them after I paid the money.
     
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    they got my $60 as well, its quasi-legit at my campus, it's certainly not as much of a scam as that Who's Who stuff, so I'd say if you can spare the 60 then put it on your resume, if not, no biggee. Phi Beta Kappa is certainly more prestegious.
     
  9. watto

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    If you don't want to shell out the beans but still want to reap the benefits, just put it on your resume as "Invited To Membership In Golden Key Honor Society." Then go spend the $60 on a George Foreman grill or something equally useful.
     
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    My roommate actually has a Golden Key Visa card. I give him hell about it all the time. Dork. :)
     
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    Yeah the coolest thing about being a member of Golden Key is all the cool pamphlets they send you in the mail trying to get you to buy things. Really dorky ties, and credit cards with horrible interest rates, and sweatshirts that make you look like a knob. I get a kick out of looking through all the stuff...maybe I'm just wierd. I actually think to myself...who in the world would actually buy these things? Oh well, it's a legit honor society and, if nothing else, most people join as a resume booster.
     
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    GK is great...somehow, once you are on GK, I have heard you get chosen to be on the "national Deans List"...it's the top 1% of the entire college population in the USA. I don't know how the hell i got on there, since I hadn't even heard of GK then. I just got a letter from the national registrar saying I am top one percent in the country.

    Just a thought...do it...more opportunities may be thrown your way, like it happened to my friends. But not me.

    Tweetie
     
  13. These honor societies mean absolutely nothing, most top notch pple are already part of these organizations....all they do is get your money, so you can put something "nice" on ur resume

    Sigh

    seriously though, once you become an MD, are you going to put down? member of golden key national honor society!!! sigh....I joined anyway, but they are so ******ed.....all of htem <img src="graemlins/laughy.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughy]" />
     
  14. Tweetie_bird

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    yeap, I agree. That is why my philosophy was to become an officer and get actively involved so I don't look like one of them who just pay the 60 bucks so you can put it on your resume.

    Needless to say, all my experiences with these organisations were GOOD ones simply b/c I was leading them and felt like I actually was doing GOOD for my community. Get unique! If you are going to pay the 60 bucks, might as well plan on giving it lots of time and becoming an officer.
    But that's just my opinion.
    Tweetie
     
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    sigh..such a temptation..you're tempting me to brag but i won't..i won't..I promise I won't.

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    Tweetie
     
  17. leorl

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    AHA! AHA! AHAHAHAH!! Someone actually GOT the GK Visa Card???! HAHAHAHAHHA! Yeh, GK is nice and all but means diddly squat. Our chapter here does absolutely nothing only for officers, it's a way to show officer leadership which is the biggest bunch o' crap title-pushing I've ever heard. Even our Mortarboard chapter here is more active than GK, and Mortarboard (another honor society) isn't as well-known as GK. Unfortunately, PBK here is non-existant...I know there are some alumns who supposedly choose, but then they must keep their initiations and events very very secret or are totally non-active.
     
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    well watcha,
    i still think GK is cool. i was very involved. and they have a lot of money for scholarships in very field like performing arts, research, and even graduate fellowships. it is also international: australia, africa, canada, etc. i would suggest getting involved in it cause you will learn alot about leadership, planning events, and representing your group. there is alot of room for growth with GK.
     
  19. Tweetie_bird

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    how about just doing something with teh Premed Honor Soceity, I believe all schools with big premed "programs" have it. I was an officer for that, and the amount of stuff I learned...was incredible. Then again, it may just be b/c my position was very unique.

    I'd say do something where you know a club is very active doing what you LIKE, so it doesn't look bad on the resume. I got active in a club where all we did was talk about medical ethics. I am not sure why people are so caught up in getting the "Honor Society" thing on their resume...if it happens, it happens. Don't push it. There ARE people out there who don't belong to any Honor Society, yet they give more to the community than these so called Honors kids. Let go of the flashy titles...do what you love, you will have more to talk about at the interview....anyway, enough rambling. I better study or I won't even get to the interview stage!

    Tweetie
     
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    It's legit. I'm a member
     
  23. El Jefe

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    I tossed that application form straight into the trash. Never heard of it and never gave it a second thought. Maybe I should have now though for every little resume booster I could get :oops:
     
  24. lamyers1

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    Me too, but it keeps coming back every semester like magic...
     

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