My name is Steven Randall. I am from Falkirk and have lived here with my family for over six years. Over the next year I will be participating in a gap year with SU Scotland. I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember, and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me throughout the next year.

In my spare time I like to play computer games, and I have been playing games since I was little. I also enjoy coding and other tech related things too. I enjoy talking to friends, and every now and then play a little bit of Tennis. Over the last couple of years I have developed an interest in Theology. I love to explore the Bible and read other Christian books too.  

I just left school last year, so when I found out about the SU gap year, I thought it would be a good opportunity to grow as a person and in my walk with God. Now that SU are offering a gap:comms placement, It also gave me the opportunity to use my God given skills to serve his Kingdom.

One of the main reasons I chose to do this gap year is because I am currently exploring a call to ministry or some form of Christian work. Doing this gap year will help me explore this call further by challenging me and putting me into situations that I am unfamiliar with.

As part of my placement (gap:comms) I will be doing work in design, website content, social media and video editing. I will also be doing some IT work throughout the year as well. Throughout the year I will also be helping with different SU events, such as Go Conference which was held in October.

I was supposed to be based in SU’s office in Milton Street, but due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, this is not possible. But because my placement involves a lot of work that can be done easily online, my gap year will be done from home until we can go back to the office in Milton Street. This is not ideal, but its great that God has provided a way for the gap year to take place even in these circumstances.

I’m hoping that through this gap year I will grow. I am hoping I will develop my general life skills as I am put into many new situations I haven’t had to deal with before. I am also hoping to grow spiritually too, as my faith is also challenged. I am also hoping that by the end of the year, my calling will be clear. I look forward to seeing how God will work throughout the year.

After the gap year I am hoping to study Theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary.