"Melbourne is one of the friendliest cities I have encountered throughout my travels. I love being able to be myself and live life on my own terms. I love living here and I am here to stay.”
After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hong Kong, Summie was given the opportunity to continue her studies abroad. After receiving offers from various universities around the world, Summie chose Melbourne, Australia, because she had heard about its great arts scene, cultural experiences and beautiful natural surroundings.
Summie arrived in Melbourne in 2015, to begin her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Melbourne. Reflecting on her experience studying at such a prestigious university, Summie believes the course was well-designed and prepared her for a career in the veterinary industry.
Upon completing her degree, Summie looked to establish her career in Melbourne. With this goal in mind, she chose to apply for Victoria’s state nominated subclass 190 visa. Summie followed the instructions on the Department of Home Affairs and Live in Melbourne website and was able to navigate the application process easily. To her great excitement, Summie received her visa within nine months of applying.
Summie now works as an Emergency Veterinarian at an emergency centre in Collingwood. She specialises in dealing with critical cases and frequently devotes long hours to her job to ensure that her patients receive the best care. Summie finds happiness in returning home to her domestic short-hair tabby cat, Bella, whom she fostered during her student years at the University of Melbourne. Bella's timid yet affectionate nature stole Summie's heart, leading to her permanent adoption.
In her spare time, Summie pursues her love for history by visiting museums to learn about the local stories and culture. She also enjoys planning road trips and camping holidays to visit Victoria's National Parks and reserves. Summie was particularly impressed by the landscapes of the Grampians and the stunning views along the Great Ocean Road. She also appreciated the warm hospitality she received everywhere she went and the "breathtaking views that seemed like they were straight out of a picture book".
One cultural difference which Summie finds amusing is the unique use of language and slang. She enjoys learning these expressions that may not make immediate sense to a new migrant – including slang like "barbie" (meaning "barbecue"). She likes it when her friends in Hong Kong notice her using Australian terms and slang as it shows how Australian culture has become a part of her daily life.
Looking to the future, Summie's plans to apply for citizenship and she’s looking forward to participating in civic activities, like voting. As a member of the LGBTIQ+ community and a migrant, Summie expresses immense gratitude for the acceptance and inclusivity she has experienced in Melbourne. In Summie’s own words – "Melbourne is one of the friendliest cities I have encountered throughout my travels. I love being able to be myself and live life on my own terms. I love living here and I am here to stay.”
To receive notifications and updates from the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program, subscribe to our newsletter via our Live in Melbourne website.