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

Interaction is the soul of the study abroad experience! Participate to Siena's social life and let your voice be heard on Siena School for Liberal Arts blog and website!

The Adventure Doesn't End Here

By this time next week, the students—and myself—will have departed Siena, or will be about to depart. They’re thinking about how unbelievable it is that four months just flew by; meanwhile I can’t compreh...

Don't Be Afraid to Get Lost

I’ve always been a bit of an explorer. For example, I’m the kind of person who spends more time clambering over rocks and digging through the sand at the beach than, well, doing actual beach things. I’m...

Unlike Any Other City

My first time in Italy was in Venice. I was on a family trip and we were stopping by London, Budapest, Paris, and Barcelona as well... all within a week. Needless to say, this tasting menu version didn’t s...

Exploring the Beauty of Tuscany

After a long and rainy winter we are finally finding ourselves under that Tuscan sun everyone had told us about. Siena is in its prime: beautiful sunny hillsides visible from our school which is situated...

Friends from Home

One of my best friends from Wellesley is also studying abroad this semester, in Dublin. She had a two-week spring break, and she spent part of it travelling to Italy and visiting me! She flew into Milan...

A Breath of Fresh Air

During my time at a small liberal arts college, I heard plenty about the value of a liberal arts education. Although I’ve spent three years trying to create breadth in my schedule, I often find myself n...

Traveling in Italy

As a study abroad student, you can’t choose a better place than Italy, as there are so many beautiful places to visit that you don’t even need to hop on a plane for. This is both cost and time efficient. Only a c...

Museum Studies in Siena

The most frequent I get asked in Italy is “why did you decide to come to Siena?” My answer, before I left the United States, was, “I want to be in Italy for study abroad, and the Siena School offers a mus...

First Field Trip of the Semester

Our first official field trip was to the Chianti region. Just outside of Siena, among those famous rolling hills visible from the school’s window is wine country. We doubled up in cars and headed down t...

Field Trip to Chianti

For our first field trip of the semester, the students spent the day in the Chianti region of Tuscany. We visited ruins of an ancient castle in the middle of the woods and an organic vineyard. We drove...

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...
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