I cannot believe that the semester has come to an end, and that I am technically now a senior in college. Where has the time gone? That is such a cliché saying, but as I lay out on this warm, sunny, absolutely beautiful day (I am starting to have hope in Scotland’s weather) thinking back on the semester, I am recognizing that I couldn’t think of a better way to have spent these past four months.
In a mere four months Scotland has become like a second home. I have met some of the most incredible people and built friendships that will last for eternity. I have gotten to live in a different culture, and although it is pretty similar to America, there are definite differences. I just love all the various accents. I love the fashion; people here are so classy. I have tried a lot of new foods, haggis being the big stand-out, and I am currently trying to figure out how much tea and Irn Bru (Scotland’s famous soda) I can fit into my suitcase to bring home.
We have also gotten to travel to a lot of incredible places! We have been all over Scotland, including Skye, Perthshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Glencoe. We went to London, Oxford, Venice, Rome, Dublin, and many amazing places in Northern Ireland. Rachel and I have gotten to read a plethora of wonderful books, including Westminster Confession of Faith, Foundations of the Christian Faith, and MacBeth.
Some of my favorite memories have been helping at Kids Club, hanging out with CY, leaflet distribution with the Go Team, going to people’s homes for Sunday lunches, church services, METs, traveling, and really just being with the people that I have grown to love.
This semester I really learned in a new way what it means for a Christian to live a life that is different from the rest of the world. It means fleeing evil and running as fast as you can towards Jesus. Sometimes I think God shows us such grace by shifting our perspective. I recognized in a fuller capacity the privilege it is to be a Christian. That is what this semester was all about: sprinting towards Godliness.
Since Rachel and I are leaving tomorrow to go back to America, I am filled with so many emotions. While I am thrilled to see my family and friends back home, it is going to be very hard to leave the family that I have acquired here. I just want to say a quick ‘thank you’ to everyone who has made Scotland feel like home. Everyone at Airdrie RP church has been so loving and hospitable, and I truly love you all so very much. Being in Scotland has changed my life, and the only way I am able to leave is by telling myself that I will be back, Lord willing. Anyhow, it’s a guaranteed “See ya later” and never a “Goodbye” for fellow Christians. You will all be in my prayers. God bless.