Would someone explain the benefits of joining American Mensa? I have heard that membership might have an advantage for me in my quest for a good university and grad school for a PhD in physics.
I noticed that Mensa has a lifetime membership available and that may be more cost effective for me than paying $50/year since I am still in high school and have a life expectancy of 70+ more years............if I don't upset my parents too much.
I do not know if this is the appropriate forum as it seems more suited for the talk and opinion or the Rag Chew forum. forum.
Whether or not joining Mensa will give you an edge may be a bit debatable. I seem to remember a paper published by the LA chapter of Mensa calling for the practice of eugenics to be instituted in the US. This could be a lightning rod issue.
I was once told I should join the AAAMD. American Association for the Advancement of the Mentally Deranged.
iv known some mensa members
yes they were smart
but most of them
when it came to social skills
some were adults still living
at home with their parents
nothing screams loser
more than a 30 year old man
still living at home with his mother
mensa only requirement
is a high IQ
not that they have done anything
praise worthy with their life
want to get a head in this world
be as well rounded as you can
do as many diffrent things as you can
keep your grade point average high
and be active
what you want to shoot for
is that little Phi Beta Kappa key
with the advanced degree
To prove to the world that you have an IQ in the upper 2% of the human race. That is all it proves. Many members of MENSA who thought they were too smart to get caught are behind bars.
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73, Cecil, www.w5dxp.com
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Might actually work against you.
73 de Bob - AB8MA
As I recall, the benefit was from socializing with your fellow high IQ types. If that is something you desire, Mensa might be worth your time. But, frankly, it's not something most members would put on a resume. If you are greatly gifted, that will be reflected in your works. You might enjoy the challenge of the puzzles in their magazine.
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Unfortunately, nowadays respect seems to be accorded to someones potential, not past performance.
I joined in 1976 and stopped paying dues in 1984, simply because I wasn't getting anything out of it worth $35 a year (dues at the time). However, unlike with many other such groups, you can't lose your basic qualification. If I wished, I could reactivate my membership (and pay the dues, of course). My lapsed membership is on file.
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I think it sounds like these people are just jealous... I would sign up, I mean it can't hurt you... Just do what the other guys said and be well rounded... Don't think of yourself as better because you are super intelligent. This WILL help you get into colleges and get jobs. I know if I was the one reviewing resumes or college applications, that would really stick out... Don't forget colleges want smart people, and even if your grades are great, so are a lot of the other people applying. You need stuff that makes you stand out. For example, for tech universities that I applied to I put down that I knew morse code and enjoy computers / electronics / amateur radio.. Colleges want to see that you are well rounded.
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