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16 Creative Ways to Get Involved @ UCSB

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCSB chapter.

It’s that time of the year again! It’s the beginning of a new school year and you’re hyped about all the things you want to accomplish by the end of Spring quarter– we bet getting more involved is one of the top things on that list. Here’s a diverse list of fun and exciting extra-curriculars you can get involved in at UCSB to make your college experience that much better!

*All FB links provided have emails needed on their “About” section*

1)      Excursion Club

Are you an outdoors-y type of person? Do you like adventure? Does exploring fuel your fire? If you answered yes to any of these you should check out the Excursion Club!

They offer opportunities to go skydiving, backpacking, stand up paddleboarding, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, yoga and way more!

Click the link to get more info about their meeting date, time, and location!http://excursionclubucsb.org/

2)      KCSB  – Santa Barbara’s Student Run Radio Station

Are you into news, whether that be on a local, national, or global scale? Do you want to be the DJ of your very own radio show? Are you a sports fanatic and want to do live-coverage of UCSB sporting events?

Click the link for a list of all the Directors & Coordinators at KCSB.


3)      A Cappella Groups

Do you sing in the shower but want to show off your talents? There’s an all girl a cappella group of UCSB called  Vocal Motion & an all boy team B.F.O.M (Brothas From Otha Motha’s).They usually table in the San Miguel Lawn so keep an eye out for them!


4)      The Daily Nexus

Are you interested in writing about news, sports, opinion pieces, food, cultural arts, or science & tech?

Click the link to find a list of the newspaper editors & see how you can get involved in UCSB’s official newspaper.


5)      UCSB Ski & Snowboard Team

Want to take a break from the ocean for a bit and venture out into the snow? UCSB’s Ski & Snowboard Team welcomes students from all levels! You don’t need to be an expert but it’s ok if you are, too! Check out their About section on FB to contact them.


6)      Intramural Sports Team

This is one of the most common ways to get involved on campus – there are 16 sports to choose from and levels range from Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Create a team with friends or join a new one for a chance to meet new people!


7)      Quidditch

Harry Potter fanatics, rejoice! Click here to learn how to join UCSB’s Quidditch team: The Blacktips.


8)      Swipe Out Hunger- UCSB

Swipe Out Hunger, formerly known as “Swipes for the Homeless” is an organization on campus that donates leftover common dining swipes to feed the homeless in the Santa Barbara area.

Check out their website to get info on how YOU can end hunger in SB.


9)      Life of the Party

Are you just not that into the night life at UCSB or just want to find alternative ways to have fun? Life of the Party is an organization that promotes safe partying & drinking.

Who says you have to drink to have fun?


10)  Rec Cen Classes

I bet you didn’t know that you can take some awesome exercise classes AND GET UNITS FOR THEM! Yep, there are .5 unit classes in varying levels of badminton, basketball, boat & sail, tumbling, volleyball, indoor cycling, ballroom dancing, golf, racquetball and way more!

Sign up on GOLD under the “Exercise Sport” section (not Exercise Sport Studies) during your passtime for a good way to pass-time!

11)  Isla Vista’s Food Co-op

Isla Vista’s Food Co-op is a Natural Foods Store in the community that provides healthy, fresh, and local produce.

You can volunteer in many ways and if you reach a certain amount of hours you can even get a discount! YES.


12)  UCSB Model United Nations

Are you a Political Science major or interested in finding solutions for global issues?

Check out their FB page to find out how to get involved and make a change!


13)  Aerial Silks

This picture says it all.


14)  Adopt-A-Block

Isla Vista’s Recreation & Park District created Adopt-A-Block for volunteers to participate in regular clean ups to keep our lovely community and beaches clean for everyone!


15)  UCSB American Marketing Association

Are you interested in all aspects of marketing? Is it your dream to work for a Fortune 500 company? Do you want to build your resume with awesome internships?

Check out UCSB’s AMA FB page for more info on how to become a member!


16)  Urban Dance Company – UCSB’S Hip-Hop Dance Team

So you think you can dance?



Kirby is a recent graduate from UCSB currently living in Los Angeles. As a proud Her Campus UCSB alum, she's happy to be back on the HC team covering one of her fave shows: "The Mindy Project." On any given day you can find her with her nose in a book (let's be real - it's a Kindle). In her free time, she likes petting dogs, binge-watching TV, and eating a lot of food. Find her on Instagram: @kirbynicoleb or @GirlBossEats. 
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