Going to university in a completely different country and culture can be hard, especially trying to integrate into the community. Fortunately, Santa Clara University has many clubs for you to join and some of the most actives ones are club sport teams. If any of you were part of a sports team back home, you might begin to miss the feeling of playing a sport competitively and being part of a team. I grew up playing all different kinds of sports including basketball. When I came here I realized working out in the gym simply wasn’t enough for me, and that I wanted something more. Luckily a friend of mine convinced me to come out of to a rugby practice one day (to the dismay of my parents) and it has totally changed my experience at Santa Clara.
There are all different kinds of sports. Hockey, volleyball, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, and even Shotokan karate and equestrian. This means you could play the sport you have always played and love, but it also means you could try out a whole range of new sports before you find the one for you. Seventeen different teams compete nationally and often friendly competitions are set up for fun. Hundreds of students participate and your team can really shape your friends and college experience. What’s great about club sports is that you could come in with experience or you could have none at all and learn a completely new and exciting sport. Very few teams have tryouts and highly encourage anyone who wants to participate. I had never touched a rugby ball before coming to Santa Clara but the coaches and other players are very friendly and encouraging and help you work through the process.
Practices are usually held several times a week for a few hours. While this can be a serious time commitment it is also the perfect opportunity to stay active while having fun. It can even be an opportunity to take on leadership roles and contribute to taking the team to another level.
For me club sports are that perfect blend between competition and enjoyment. I was able get involved in the community and make new friends. I consider my team family. You start to spend weekends together and go on adventures. One of my favorite experiences was hiking mission peak together. I highly encourage checking out the different options Santa Clara has to offer or showing up at the field one day and trying out.