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International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

"JUST DO IT"

"The best way to waste your life is by taking notes.  The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch.  Look for the details.  Report.  Don't participate." – Chuck Palahniuk

College provides a unique opportunity:  the chance to dive deeper into the topics most relevant to our lives, to gain knowledge that took centuries to amass, to broaden horizons, and to achieve a clearer understanding of the issues close to one's heart.

I doubt that anyone, least of all myself, would ever denigrate the value of an education.  But after the textbooks and the courses, then what?

You study, you learn, and you go to bed every night comfortable in the knowledge that you know more today than you did yesterday.  And that's good.

However, why stop at good?  Why not go for great?

As social scientists, each and every one of us has chosen a field that concerns itself with the well-being of society.  Your membership in Pi Gamma Mu provides you with an exclusive opportunity to participate, to put the notes and knowledge to good use and make an impact on society, and to create something larger than yourself.

I'm not naïve enough to deny that there are many members of our honor society who view their membership as a résumé booster‑‑a way to show others that you have a pat on the back for a job well done.  However, let me run this by you:  We have all met someone who has felt the need to share with us how wonderful he is.  We have also all met someone who has done something for us, perhaps as small as letting us into traffic when we're running late, or as large as being there when we need her.  Whom do you remember?  Whom would you recommend?  Why?  It's because he went beyond, and he chose to participate.  Be that difference in someone's life.

To reap the benefits of your membership, you don't have to change the world overnight.  Start small.  Find a cause in your community that you believe in and volunteer.  Use your hard-earned knowledge to create something.  You are in this honor society because you are at the top of your peers, and because you have proven that you can.

Now it is your chance to go beyond taking notes, beyond watching, beyond reporting, and to move into participating and into living.

For ideas on how to participate, please visit the Web page at http://www.pigammamu.org/project-ideas.html .

Amanda M. Wolcott
International Student Trustee

 

 

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