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Is joining honor societies (the kind you have to pay for) worth it in college?

I'm not really sure how honor societies work in college to begin with, but I recently received an email about being accepted to one. I looked into it, found it to be real, and logged into the website. After this, though, I found that I would have to pay ($100/year) to be a member and be able to get all of the benefits. According to the website (and the emails filling up my junk mailbox) the benefits range from networking opportunities to restaurant discounts to credit cards, which seems kind of weird? Is 1.) a thing and 2.) something that has an impact on your college experience/ life after college?
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EmilyAnn’s Answer

Alumni/professors have told me they are generally not worth it and have little to no impact in the eyes of future employers/graduate schools. They are legit, and may have some useful resources for members, but they aren't make-or-break by any means. Plus, there are some out there that are either free or may be paid for by your department, so I would suggest looking into those if you are still interested in joining one. I joined a physics honors society because my membership is paid for by my department, but if I had to pay out of pocket I definitely would not spend the money. It just doesn't add much value to my education or resume for what it would cost ($100+ per year).
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Rachel’s Answer

No, they’re not worth it. They are are about money, so they don’t mean much. Who’s Who, for example, is all about selling you a book. Go volunteer or work a job and show your prowess that way instead.


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