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I'm sure this has been asked, but oh well, deal with it.

I just got invited to join some pre-medical honor society at my school (alpha something). I really don't want to join, but my parents are all for it because they have a nice dinner and certificate. The thing is, I graduate in a month and I am already accepted to med school, so is it worth it to join, or should I convince my parents that it is a waste of time and money? Basically, I can see no utility from joining this honor society since I can't even use it as resume filler for med school (although I could use it as an excuse to update schools that waitlisted me).

Any thoughts?
 
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There are a half dozen useless honor societies floating around my school, and I chose not to join any of them. It's not worth the money. If your parents want a nice dinner, just go out for a night with them and celebrate your greatness privately. You don't need a society to tell you that you were a successful pre-med.
 

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Any honor society that requires you to pay in order to join is a scam as far as I'm concerned. If you want to tell the med scools something you can update them to the fact that you were nominated for "so and so honor society" though I doubt med schools would care that much about it.
 

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Originally posted by TheRussian
Any honor society that requires you to pay in order to join is a scam as far as I'm concerned. If you want to tell the med scools something you can update them to the fact that you were nominated for "so and so honor society" though I doubt med schools would care that much about it.

so you wouldnt pay to join PBK?
 

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Originally posted by umass rower
There are a half dozen useless honor societies floating around my school, and I chose not to join any of them. It's not worth the money. If your parents want a nice dinner, just go out for a night with them and celebrate your greatness privately. You don't need a society to tell you that you were a successful pre-med.

excellent response. :thumbup:
 

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what is PBK? is that only in the states? Why is it so much better than other societies such as golden key?

phi beta kappa. i dont know if its only in the states. i think you have to be nominated by faculty and it takes only a very small percentage (i believe 1%). it has a good reputation. founded in 1776 by john heath, william short, and thomas jefferson. many former presidents have been members. other famous members include john marshall, ralph waldo emerson, and daniel webster.
 

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I asked this question a while ago because I've gotten invitations to a couple of honor societies (top 10% or so) but I didn't do either. I can't see spending the money because I would only want it to put on a resume, but all an honor society shows is that you have high GPA and they can see that just by looking at my transcript. Maybe if my school had PBK I would join that because everyone says it is the only one worth joining, but it's not at my campus.
 

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Originally posted by bewitched1081
so you wouldnt pay to join PBK?

I wouldn't pay money just to say I'm PBK. I don't know much about it but if there are no benefits other than saying PBK then I can just as easily say I was nominated for it and it would account to the same thing. If on the other hand there are benefits that go along with that title then I would consider it. But for me that's not going to be an issue since I don't know any faculty members well enough for them to recommend me.
 

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why would you join AED now??????????

save your money or your parents money and go to a nice dinner somewhere else!!

first off, you are already in med school (!!!) so you dont need anything to distinguish you. second, you are about to graduate, so even if you didnt join to help you get into school, you'll be outta there before you can take part in any of the school activities, mainly which surround getting into school :)

it'll be of no use once you graduate, trust me
 
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