Hello, my name is Jason Buchholz.  I’m a pre-seminary student at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.  I found out about the Semester in Scotland program through my friend Rosie.  In October, Dr. Watt asked my friend Joseph if he’d like to take part in the program.  Later that day, Joseph came back to our room and asked if I would want to go Scotland and take part in the program, too.  I immediately said yes because traveling to Europe has always been a dream of mine, and I really liked the classes that are offered through the program.  At the time, we both thought it was a crazy idea and neither of us thought we would actually get to come to Scotland.  During the next month until November, I had a huge fear of the unknown inside me.  Finally after Thanksgiving, we found out that we would definitely be able to come to Scotland.  We both got accepted and bought our plane tickets.  When we clicked the “complete order” button on Expedia.com, the fear quickly turned to pure joy and excitement.  Although I was full of joy and excitement, I had no idea what to expect.  Joseph and I wrote out this huge list of things we wanted to do in Scotland and looked at countless pictures of Scotland with hope that when we finally arrived in Scotland on January 15th, the trip would match up to the bucket list and all the countless pictures.  Fast forward to January 22nd.  Now that I’ve been here for an entire week, and I’ve had time to explore a few places while embracing the culture, I can honestly saw that Scotland has blown my expectations away and wiped any fears that I may have had out of my head.  Scotland is one of the friendliest places that I’ve ever visited, and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Airdrie really focuses on making you feel welcome.  Thank you to everyone so far that has welcomed Joseph and I into Scotland.

Airdrie RP Church where classes and studying and ministry observation takes place.

Airdrie RP Church where classes and studying and ministry observation takes place.

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

In the Cairngorm Mountains

In the Cairngorm Mountains

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