Name: Jordan Nikkel (a.k.a. Rivus)
Location: Stirling, Scotland
For the first time in years, I will not be sweating the hot Tennessee summer, because I am going to be studying abroad at the University of Stirling in Scotland, where I hear the average high in July is 67 degrees Fahrenheit! I have been a member of Cleanplace for five years now, and have gone to 3 of the 4 moots. Each one has always been one of the best weeks of every year—a time of comradery among old and new friends, fellowship among young Christians, and of course writing workshops. As such, I have joined Dare Us to Move because I want to help provide the financial opportunity for members of Cleanplace to experience that same joy and total immersion in God's love and wonder.
In that light, may I point out that I have a lovely black cloak (made by many of the members of Cleanplace in Texas) which I will be bringing with me tomorrow to Scotland. Feel free to include that in any photo challenges of your choice, and I'm sure the scenery will be lovely too. You should also probably know that even though I do enjoy writing, especially poetry and fantasy, writing is more of an outlet than a livelihood for me. Math and computer science are my majors at Vanderbilt University, where I am currently attending and will be entering as a Junior in the fall. I am also the coming year's director of Victory A Cappella, the Christian A Cappella group on campus. Music, like writing, is a very dear outlet for me, and I especially love music composition, theory, piano, and singing harmonies. So feel free to include music—perhaps even composing a little something in my notebook—in the challenges in any way, shape, or form.
So think up some challenges, and dare me to live a little while in Scotland this summer. The cause is noble, the rewards high, and I can't wait to see how God works through everything and everyone this summer.