Bagpipes, Haggis in PA Senior’s Future

by Gabrielle Benacka, PAW Writer

After watching an episode of The Simpsons and falling in love with the lovely redheaded Groundskeeper Willie, Senior Noah Schmidt knew that college meant time for a change up. “Groundskeeper Willie is my spirit animal, so I knew I had to go back to his roots–all the way to Scotland.” With that, Schmidt applied to St. Andrews in Scotland and got accepted.

Besides wanting to go to Scotland for some haggis, Schmidt loved the location–on an ocean and an hour from the Scottish Highlands–and wanted to study abroad. “After digging around, I found that St. Andrews has an awesome reputation being that it’s ranked third in the U.K.”. Being into rowing, it was huge that he would still be able to continue rowing at St. Andrews. “I would like to keep my physique as long as possible,” Schmidt said shyly.

Embracing his inner “ginger”, Schmidt is going to try to learn as much as possible about the culture. “I’m excited to meet kids from around the world who have backgrounds completely different from mine, and then learn to play the bagpipes.”  Of course, Schmidt will miss his family and being able to send unlimited texts, but other than that he is not too worried. “Groundskeeper Willie hasn’t steered me wrong yet, so hopefully this little move to Scotland pays off. Or else, I’m in for a long ride.” Willie said it best himself, “Willie hears ya, Willie don’t care.”