Who am I?

2019-02-05
exploring Huaqiangbei, photo by sam

That’s a question that i have been trying to answer for years. My name is Nigel, my friends call me Nidge. I was born in Belize, moved to the U.S. when i was 7; and grew up in the suburbs of Houston. I am 34 years young, about to turn 35 this year. I am a college graduate, who majored in Advertising and Graphic Design. I have lived in 3 different cities around the world since 2016.

“i put off the dream of living and working abroad.”

thenidge

After graduating college in fall of 2010, i spent a few years working different jobs, most of them leaving me feeling unfulfilled. It was in the last half of 2014, early 2015 that i started feeling a huge sense of dissatisfaction with my life; even though I was on a new career path as an art teacher. In the last year of my 7.5 year journey of university i had been watching a lot of YouTube videos about teaching in South Korea. But of course, life got in the way and i put off the dream of living and traveling abroad. Even though I was on a new career path i started feeling a “Pull” to change my life. I felt that i needed to revisit my dream and make it a reality. So, at the beginning of 2015 i started minimizing my personal belongings and working on gathering up the necessary documents.

“…i fell into depression and isolated myself from my friends and family.”

thenidge

At the end of 2015 i quit my new job without having anything lined up and floated on my teachers pay until the end of October of that year. Earlier that year i was turned down for the EPIK (public school) program in South Korea. With this news i decided to pursue graduate school instead. That summer, jobless and feeling like my dream was ripped away, i fell into depression and isolated myself from my friends and family. A fact that i never told anyone. I spent most of the summer sleeping and watching reality tv (which i hate).

Around the middle of July i started feeling the “Pull” again. So, i started apply to different job boards and working on my qualifications. It was around late August that i was introduced to a recruiter and the idea of teaching in China. I had been so focused on the EPIK program and teaching only in the city of Seoul, Korea and not open to other options. When I felt the “Pull” i decided to take a look at teaching in hagwons (private schools). After a few hick ups with shady Korean recruiters and documents, i made a post on a Facebook group for blacklisted hagwons and recruiters in Korea. After a few minutes had gone by, I received a DM by another group patron who had had the same problems with the recruiters I had been using. He then introduced me to the recruiter who would later find me my next 3 jobs across South East Asia.

“….i opened up myself different possibilities in another country….”

thenidge

To make a long story short i opened up myself to a different possibility in another country, went through with the interview, finished my qualifications, got a part-time job at my old retail company, and in February of 2016 i boarded a plane to Beijing, China. Since then i have lived and taught in Gimpo, South Korea and currently finishing my contract in Shenzhen, China. I have about 5 months left in my current contract and i’m starting to feel the “Pull” again. I am now wrestling with the though of home or Japan.