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This webpage is thought, written, managed by Siena School's current students.

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100 Days

When I arrived here on the first of September, I had a lot of ideas about who I would be, what I would know, and how I would feel on this day. Two big things I couldn’t have imagined– one, I hadn’t met m...

Thanksgiving 2017

November is coming to a close and December, our final portion of the semester, is upon us. I remember when I first arrived in Siena, I couldn’t imagine celebrating Thanksgiving with this group of people I...

Bookbinding

Out of all of my classes, bookbinding is perhaps the most unique one, if not my favorite. It is held in a workshop and store, and I feel as though I am an apprentice, among papers, leathers, brushes, inks,...

Revisiting Places

When you study abroad, there’s a great pressure to travel, to see as much as you can. As an American, I think we get this feeling particularly strongly since our country is so huge and it’s not feasible to ...

Exploring Florence and Santa Maria Novella

Every time I visit a new city I feel the need to walk around. No matter how many blogs or websites I read about the life in any place, walking still remains the most suitable way to explore. The same thing...

Volunteering Abroad

If there has been any simple truth I have learned, it is that kids across the world are all pretty similar. They all run around crazily and say weird things. They all love meeting new teachers. There are...

Looking Back

My experience studying abroad in Siena, Italy is one of my fondest memories. I made some amazing friendships with people I still keep in touch with, traveled to beautiful locations, ate amazing food, and...

An Adventure with My Creative Writing Class

My creative writing class is very small -- only three people -- Katie, Milan, and me. When Jeff had told us previously that he wanted to take us to see his home in a tiny Tuscan village, I had not known...

Going for a Walk

Walking is the best way to get to know more of any place; perhaps that’s why I don’t feel like a stranger here anymore. A good portion of our time at school is devoted to educational walks, be it in Sie...

Two-Day Field Trip Fall 2017

Saturday 30 September Our group departs from Siena and we follow the traces of the Via Francigena. After Siena, the Via Francigena enters the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO-listed region of outstanding natural b...

First Field Trip of the Fall 2017 Semester!

Our first field trip of the year has already come! A couple weekends ago, we spent the day in Montepulciano and Castiglione del Lago, taking in the jaw-dropping scenery and hearing some fun historical...

Multicultural Crossings

Everyone in the program decided to have a Greek themed night where everyone from Greece made traditional food and we listened to Greek music and all hung out together. It was such a fun time not only because...

Time Happens

Three weeks in! I’m really not sure how to hold the reaction. On one side, I can’t believe three weeks has already passed, and on the other I can’t believe it’s only been this long. I’ve been thinking a...

The Aperitivo

There are many things that can be difficult about adjusting to life in a new country. Luckily, when you move to Italy, the different culture surrounding food is a difference easy to enjoy. In addition...

Beginning with a Barrier

When I first met my host mom, it was a game of charades. Guessing she meant running by her running in place. I came to Italy knowing few words in Italian. The first dinner was a struggle, with us relying...

Returning to the Siena School

I studied here at the Siena School for Liberal Arts during the spring 2016 semester. The moment I returned in May, I wanted to come back and so was thrilled to be given the opportunity to intern here....

Fall 2017 Orientation

On September 1, the new semester students arrived! We have a diverse mix of Americans, Greeks, and Italians; and after a whirlwind orientation weekend, they are settled into their new homes in Siena and...

Studying has its Perks

When I first graduated school in the United States, I was a little bit nervous about continuing my studies. Not only was there the apprehension that comes with any sort of application submission, but also...

#Carbonaraday

Dang, I love carbonara. It's just the best pasta recipe, ever. I was so stoked to come to Italy and learn how to make some real carbonara, not the excuse that I've always had in North Carolina. Of course,...

The Artist in Transit

Traveling isn't always easy. For a student, it's tough to find the time, and for an art student, it's tougher to find the money. However, when you're afforded with the opportunity to fly across the Atlantic...
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