Networking Within College Honor Societies
As you begin your educational journey at Ashford University, you’ll come to realize that the college experience is filled with multiple networking opportunities. One of the most effective ways to network is within an academic honor society.
Ashford University is dedicated to recognizing academic achievement and supports a wide range of honor societies. Your success in the classroom could potentially earn you an invitation to join one of these distinct honor societies that open the door to valuable networking opportunities.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can make connections within Ashford’s honor societies and use those connections to get ahead.
Membership to Ashford’s honor societies is by invitation only. So after you’ve received your letter of acceptance, try and get involved with the chapter as much as possible.
Being a member of an honor society offers more than the opportunity to add an achievement to your resume. Member privileges include mentorships, seminars, workshops, award ceremonies, and chapter leadership positions.
When you become a member, you become a part of an extended family of peers, leaders, and mentors. This inclusion will undoubtedly present you with the opportunity to meet individuals that you normally wouldn’t be connected to. As you become more involved with the honor society, you’ll start to see your professional network grow and expand.
Join a Mentor Program
Most honor societies offer some sort of mentor program for their members. For example, the Golden Key International Honour Society has an Advisors and Officers program. This international network of volunteers actively embraces the organization’s three pillars—academics, leadership, and service—and selflessly donates their time and talents to bettering the lives of members and the communities where they live.
“Golden Key has given me an opportunity to grow as a person. Academically, the society brings together top achievers. This interaction keeps me motivated and focused on being the best I can,” says Faith Makandigona, 2010/2011 Chapter President at Rhodes University.1
Whether you want to find a mentor or become a mentor to someone else, the opportunity to collaborate is always available within an honor society. Some chapters host workshops for their mentorship programs, and others offer online tools and resources exclusively to chapter members. Either way, a mentor program is a great way to network and get involved.
Utilize Social Media
We live in an era where people are more connected than ever before. Thanks to social media, you can easily reach out and network with the leaders, mentors, and influencers of any honor society.
Simply do a quick search within your social network, and you’re sure to find an online community around the honor society of your choice. Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key, and Alpha Sigma Lambda honor societies all have a strong social media presence. Join their groups, connect with members, and utilize these platforms to engage and build your professional network.
If you’re unable to find a social media community for an honor society, you can also contact them directly. Sigma Beta Delta, SALUTE, and Delta Alpha Pi all have websites that list their contact information as well.
One of the many benefits of joining an honor society is having the opportunity to attend special events for members only. The types of events may vary, depending on which honor society you’re a part of, but expect to see events like annual conventions, regional meetings, and leadership workshops once you’ve joined.
These events can be used to expand your contacts and promote yourself to the leaders within the honor society. As a member, they already know that you excel academically, but attending these events allows you to get face-time with leaders of the community. This personal touch goes a lot further than sending an email and could open the door to professional opportunities.
Every honor society is built upon the idea that giving back to the community builds a better tomorrow. Whether it’s through community service, mentoring, leadership training, or donations, giving back is a cornerstone of the honor societies at Ashford University.
Actively contributing to an honor society will not only reward the people you’re helping, it will keep you involved within the community as well. This kind of contribution may be a way to get recognized and bridge the gap between yourself and other members within the honor society.
As you continue your studies at Ashford University, explore the honor societies and become familiar with the opportunities of becoming a member. As you can see, there’s a great deal of benefits to joining an honor society, and building your network is one of them.
Written by Ben Cummings, Digital Marketing Specialist at Bridgepoint Education
1(n.d.). Retrieved October 10, 2016, from https://www.goldenkey.org/members-chapters/overview/