Nicole Den Haan

photo of Nicole Den HaanAfter spending half a year traveling doing her DTS with Youth With A Mission in Mexico and Bolivia, Nicole Den Haan decided to go to school at Trinity and is now a third year Christianity and Culture major. She loves life, and loves people, and has learned that even at a Christian school there is a lot of diversity in what people believe. She also learned learned that living in community can be hard because you end up washing dishes for people. She is excited about the future, and even though she isn't sure what it all looks like, she knows it will hold something great. Nicole is from South Surrey, BC.

 

Recent Blog Entries

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Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:25:45 GMT

 

This morning I sat in my New Testament Canonization class and, aside from freaking out about my presentation, felt a pang of sadness as my time at TWU as an undergraduate comes to a close. I simply cannot believe that four years have gone by. It has been four years of TWU's people pouring into me and me pouring myself into TWU.

 A week later...

 I just had my last undergraduate class. My classes definitely petered out at the end, instead of finishing with a "bang". Am I not supposed to feel inspired to go change the world? Commissioned to spread the gospel news? Equipped with four years of knowledge? Renewed by the transforming of my mind? At the very least, am I not supposed to feel a sense of accomplishment or achievement? A sense of closure? Maybe those things will come after the commencement ceremony, or maybe they will not come at all.

 

This morning I sat in my New Testament Canonization class and, aside from freaking out about my presentation, felt a pang of sadness as my time at TWU as an undergraduate comes to a close. I simply cannot believe that four years have gone by. It has been four years of TWU's people pouring into me and me pouring myself into TWU.
A week later...
I just had my last undergraduate class. My classes definitely petered out at the end, instead of finishing with a "bang". Am I not supposed to feel inspired to go change the world? Commissioned to spread the gospel news? Equipped with four years of knowledge? Renewed by the transforming of my mind? At the very least, am I not supposed to feel a sense of accomplishment or achievement? A sense of closure? Maybe those things will come after the commencement ceremony, or maybe they will not come at all.

It rains in Ottawa? What?

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 19:17:41 GMT

Apparently the Greater Vancouver area is not the sole recipient of liquid precipitation in Canada. This revelation comes as a surprise to me. I was completely expecting to be blown away with crisp, sunny days; instead, I walked home from work today in "typical" Lower Mainland weather: soppy rain. Luckily, I bought an umbrella a while ago for $3.00 at Hartman's. I was definitely not going to pay any more than that for some metal and cheap material thrown together in such a way as to keep me dry. OK, so it has a few holes in it, but that's not such a big deal. I ascribe them to character and everyone's happy (everyone = me). I arrived home as dry as I would like to be.

 

We're going to Montreal on the weekend - it should be a good time! I hope the weather tends more toward what I was expecting the weather to be like around here because otherwise I'm going to be wet. I don't know if my umbrella can stand up to 6-7 hours of walking around outside. One thing is for sure, it's time to buy new shoes. My usual pair of sneakers is 2 years old and leaks from the bottom and the top when it rains ("usual" can be taken to mean "only). Oh dear.

 

I'm happy to report that the thrill of walking around Parliament Hill almost daily has not left yet. Truthfully, I don't expect that it will leave. It's just such a great thing!

 

My internship is going well still. I'm still researching a lot, but I also do some correspondence on a variety of different things, open the mail, write briefing notes, and burn toast in the toaster which smells up the office and the connecting hallway. Good times. The office where I work is quite laid back and everyone is really friendly and helpful. It has a great atmosphere to work in!

 

Have I come to any conclusions about a specific life calling? Nope. So far, I'm considering being an elementary school teacher, a staffer (someone who is staff on Parliament Hill), or a perpetual Peer Success Coach (my summer job the last two summers). What's your vote? Or, do you have any other careers you'd like to see on that list?

 

Signing off,

 

Nicole

 

The LLC

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 02:29:21 GMT

Today was a beautiful Sunday in Ottawa. The sun was out again! I went to a little church at the local YMCA called Calvary Fellowship. It was such an encouraging service and the members there were super welcoming. I think I'll head back to that church again, though there are other ones here that I'd like to try. There are some beautiful, old church buildings around and some of the churches have choirs and pipe organs. 

Yesterday I "organized my life". I've been meaning to do that for the past while, but "never got around to it". Finally, everything is in my planner from internship hours, to readings, to assignments, and events, and classes. I'm behind. There's no doubt about it. I have a ton of work to do, especially for my directed study. But, I WILL get it all done because I always do. 

This evening we're having a potluck here at the LLC. Breanne and I decided we would make soft pretzels using the bread machine that we have in the kitchen. We didn't realize that it would take TWO HOURS+ for the dough to be ready in the machine. Oops. So, they're definitely going to be late, but I was determined to use my yeast because it was $5 for a little jar and I had bought it solely for this purpose. I guess I'll just have to make cinnamon buns or yummy focaccia bread to use it up. Dang. ;P 

Well, I best get to some reading!! It's going to be a crazy week.

aw-tuh-wah

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 03:35:05 GMT

If there is one thing that I don't get tired of during my stay in Ottawa, it will be walking past Parliament Hill to and from my internship in an M.P.'s office.  It's stunning every time.  That and the person frokmPETA dressed up as a seal in front of the  Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic countdown clock.  

The Booth mansion is gorgeous.  It's a pleasure to live here!  I didn't think that I would get used to living in the city, but judging from my second week, I think I'll be fine.  I confess that I do miss the ocean, especially after seeing various paintings of the ocean at the National Art Gallery last night.  Oh, White Rock.  

Despite various "shoulda, woulda, coulda"s regarding my internship placement, I'm determined to make this a great semester.  I don't think it'll be too difficult. :D

Check out the Laurentian Leadership Centre at www.twu.ca/llc.  

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