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While doing the usual email checks after my Supreme Court class on November 20, 2016, I received an email from Phi Sigma Theta (PST) stating that UWM had provided them my name and GPA of a 3.3:

Dear Michael:

Your name has been provided to Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society as a potential nominee by the registrar’s office.  Phi Sigma Theta is a national honor society comprised of undergraduate students who display excellence in academics, and a desire for community service.  All nominees must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The administration, faculty members, or fellow members nominate potential members.  Phi Sigma Theta offers recognition, and encourages community service, the development of leadership skills, and continued scholastic excellence by offering various scholarships and awards to members who excel in these areas.

If you qualify (possess a GPA of 3.0 or better), and would like to become a member in our prestigious national honor society, please have an official copy of your transcript emailed directly from your university or mailed to us at:

Phi Sigma Theta NHS

PO Box 142937

Gainesville, Florida 32614-2937

Membership@PhiSigmaTheta.org

Please email us after you have ordered your transcript indicating when we should expect it, and in which extracurricular activities you have been involved or plan on increasing your involvement.

We have chapters on campuses across the country, and are currently recruiting to start a chapter on the UWM campus.  If you would like to be a founding member of the chapter please indicate this in your email to us.

You can find a list of member benefits on our website:  http://phisigmatheta.org/faq.html

Adding a third honor society to my resume can only mean good things down the road, so I decided to accept and pay the one-time $79 fee.  For this one, I received a membership certificate, lapel pin, and another set of honor cord for commencement.  I also informed their membership director that I was graduating next month, requesting expediency in mailing everything out.

Similar to SCLA, there was no induction, but PST also had no chapter on campus.

Considering my GPA was a 2.4 coming out of my first four-year degree, this was not only a massive improvement, but unchartered territory.

The way I see it, becoming a member of these NHSs has some perks:

  • Notation on the member's resume and LinkedIn profile.
  • A certificate of induction for the member to hang on their wall/showcase on their desk.
  • The unlocked door of networking with other honor students from other universities.
  • It takes a lot of work, time, and dedication to achieve a 3.0+ GPA.
  • Some students have made great strides and accomplished great things in the face of adversity; for them, this is both bragging rights.
  • Imagine the reaction from an employer when they Google the student's name and discover that they wrote about this accomplishment.  The student and future employer may have membership in common.