Hello Siena!

One of the cool things about being a part of the OU in Arezzo program is the fact that OUA is a sister school with the University of Siena (UNISI) here in Italy. Two of the students who stay here at the Rooney Family Center are students at UNISI and have also become some of our closest friends. We also get to do fun things like have a pizza cook-off with UNISI students to see who can make the best and most creative pizza! It’s things like these that allow us to form bonds of culture, language and friendship all while experiencing Italy and strengthening the international community.

Part of our class credits here include a few town tours called “Get to Know Arezzo.” Recently, we had the chance to take a short road trip to Get to Know Siena! Siena is one of Italy’s most iconic cities where we had the chance to learn about the history of Siena and explore the town a little bit. It was actually really cool to see where our fellow Italian students and friends live and go to school. It’s amazing to see the differences between education and living, but one thing that remains the same is that we are all humans just trying to explore this giant world of ours!

We are about half way through the semester here at OUA. We have done our best to soak in the past two months, but it sure has gone by fast. We are continually growing as students, individuals and adults, and we are making the bets of these friendships, experiences and memories. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that studying abroad in Arezzo is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Ciao for now :)

-Sheila Kiley


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