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6 Tips for a Last-Minute Honors in Action Project

6 Tips for a Last-Minute Honors in Action Project

Let us be clear: an ideal Honors in Action Project is well planned and takes place over much of a calendar year. But life is what happens while you're busy making plans, right?

There is much to be learned from completing an Honors in Action Project. The process of planning one alone holds big benefits in the development of leadership and job skills. 

If life got in the way and your chapter wasn't able to plan out the perfect Honors in Action Project, fear not — there's still time. Projects must be completed by December 31, and Hallmark Award entries for your Honors in Action Project are due January 25.

Here are six steps to getting it done, courtesy of Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs, Susan Edwards.

1. Even with a short time to work through the Honors in Action process, be sure to follow the process. You still have time if you move fast and focus. Check out the resources that show the process in the 2016/2017 Honors Program Guide.

2. Set some measurable, achievable goals for each piece of the Honors in Action process. That will help you focus your efforts as you move forward.

3. Spend a few days picking your Theme and then work with your college’s research librarian. She/he can help you focus quickly on academic sources that can help you do the foundational research for Honors in Action. Don’t worry at this point about doing surveys or interviews. Those take time and energy and aren’t necessary for your project.

4. Once you complete your Honors Study Topic and Theme research, analyze what you’ve found and concentrate on an action piece of the project that is doable. It may be a traditional service event or something that raises awareness of an issue. Think big in terms of direct connection to your research, but think small in terms of the work that needs to be done to complete the action. For example, it may be best to plan an event or action that takes place over the course of a day rather than, say, a week.

5. You’ll have to do some leadership development; but if you work with your research librarian to learn how to focus your academic research, you will be able to count that in this category.

6. Keep track of your progress and your outcomes along the way. What did you learn about setting a goal and then having to focus to get your Honors in Action Project completed? There are lots of valuable leadership lessons to be learned as you go through the Honors in Action process.

Don’t get stuck in a rush next year. Start planning your Honors in Action Project as early as possible so you have time to fully develop it.

You’ll also have time to include more chapter members so they too can gain from this valuable learning experience.

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