• By Lauren Reeves

Club Feature: Honor Society

Minot State University provides many programs to get students more involved in school activities and increase their opportunities to advance their academic careers. One such program is the Honors Society, which is a student-run organization affiliated with the university’s honors program. While this organization is for students at Minot State University, there are several requirements students must meet in order to join.

“To become a member of Honors Society, students must first be admitted into the honors program,” Melanie McPhearson, president of the Honors Society at Minot State University, said. “Any first-year student at MSU must have had either an ACT score of 25 or higher, a SAT score of 1,200 or higher, and/or a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher. Current MSU students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher are also eligible to join the honors program.”

Despite having requirements and limitations for who can join the program, McPhearson highlights the organization’s low time commitment for its members.

“The only requirements are that students are willing to engage in the events and activities that are offered and are not shy in voicing their opinions,” McPhearson said.

She also adds that, once students are in Honors Society, the student must be in the honors program for the duration of their time in the organization. This means a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher throughout their time at Minot State University.

Once a student is part of the honors program, they are able to join Honors Society by reaching out to club advisor and Honors Program in Engagement and Scholarship Director Jessica Smestad.

“Honors Society, much like the honors program, is centered around the ideas of dedication and passion for academics and community,” says McPhearson. “Our organization often focuses on involving members in various volunteer opportunities in the Minot area as well as encouraging students to connect with others outside of their own area of study to create an overall larger sense of community within Honors Society.”

Even though the time commitment is considered low to the organization, McPhearson stated that the organization focuses a lot on students voicing their opinions and becoming involved in their surrounding community.

“Students can gain a better understand of what it takes to rise above the standard and really commit themselves to helping others and being dedicated to becoming a lifelong learner, meaning students are always working towards learning and taking in all the knowledge they can, well after they have graduated,” said McPhearson. “The Honors Society is a great way for students to be more involved during their time at MSU while also allowing students to meet others who share the same passion for learning.”

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