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    Golden Key International Honour Society  echo $newRAM;
    added Mon October 13 2003 at 10:12 PM
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    I received an email today from "Golden Key International Honour Society." You know they must be important, since they spell it "Honour" and not "Honor." This is the second year in a row that they have invited me to pay $65 to join the largest international honor society. If anybody thinks I should pay up, please let me know (and let me know why).

    The first thing I don't understand is why their biggest claim to fame is that they're the biggest. It seems to me that honor societies would want to be elitest, claiming that only the top 2% of all Juniors and Seniors are invited to participate. If 15% of college graduates are invited to pay the money and join the club, then it doesn't really sound like it would be worth $65. Of course, maybe I'm wrong. They do offer scholarships. Of course, these scholarships are paid for by my $65 entry fee, so it seems somewhat akin to gambling.

    Input from the real world would be appreciated. Does this really look any different on my resume? If I were to add it to my resume, then it would chronologically be on top of my National Merit Scholarship, which seems a bit more prestigious to me. Let me know what you think.

    Religion at BYU  echo $newRAM;
    added Mon October 13 2003 at 11:46 PM
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    As you probably all know, BYU takes its religion pretty seriously. Most non-BYU people who talk to me about BYU always ask about this or that sports player that got kicked out, or that girl on MTV's Real World who got kicked out for living with a bunch of guys. Or, they are surprised that girls aren't even allowed in my room (not by my choice, but because it's a rule). We're also required to take 12 credits of religion classes. At any other university, you would only take that much religion if you planned on minoring in it. Pretty much, we're seen as a bunch of religious nuts.

    So, since we're all a bunch of totally religious people, you'd think that religion classes would be pretty much a piece of cake for us, right?

    WRONG!

    Religion classes tend to be the hardest courses at BYU. Part of this is because the religion department seems to have to prove to us that they are not meant to be a blow-off class. We all have memories of seminary, where you got an A+ if you happened to show up every day, and honors if you memorized a few scriptures. Religion courses at BYU have to show that they are not seminary.

    Like my current D&C class. One of the questions on the test was "What is the first word in the Doctrine and Covenants?" What The HECK? Yes, it was multiple choice. My problem was that I tried to reason that the first word had something to do with the theme of the first section. Boy was I wrong. Now, before you go look it up, I want you to make a guess at what the correct answer is. No, I won't give you the choices, because then you'll just guess. Needless to say (since I'm ranting about how horrible the test was), I was very sad when I saw my score.

    I've actually gotten to the point that I prefer religion classes that focus exclusively on writing. At least when you write religion papers, it seems that you get rewarded for your effort. Effort in == Grade out. Tests with random questions is all about either luck or photographic memory. Apparently I don't have either.