Student Story: Siu Hon Li

18 May 2021

Hi, my name is Siu Hon Li, but you can call me Woody. I am a physiotherapy student at the University of Notre Dame. I am originally from Hong Kong and have been in Perth since January 2020.

Why did you choose to study in Perth?
I chose to study in Perth because my brother was also coming here and I heard a lot of good things about the health sciences programs, especially physiotherapy. I knew nothing about the city except the weather and climate being really nice, and that’s all I needed. Honestly, I never thought I was going to get accepted into the physiotherapy program because I have not taken any sports science-related courses or degrees at all. I was very happy that I got accepted and got a second chance to study overseas.

What do you love most about living in Perth?
The weather and the amount of space that I have. The lifestyle is much slower compared to a big city, so people take the time to enjoy the little things in life like nature, chatting with strangers and asking about each other's day. People are more relaxed and not as uptight.

What do you love about your studies and institution?
The institution’s students have been quite inclusive so far. I have not been made to feel like a foreigner, though it does happen at times especially during holidays. However, StudyPerth hosts holiday events which have allowed me to make a good group of international friends outside of university. There isn’t much that I love about my studies as it is quite demanding and time-consuming, it is a tough major.

What would you like to do after you finish studying in Perth?
I would like to stay in Perth to work as a physiotherapist for a couple of years, get as much experience as I can and be a rock-climbing physiotherapist. My ultimate goal is to be a rock-climbing physio for an Olympic team. From there, I will see if there are jobs overseas or not.

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