Enriching Christchurch
Florence Hinder
Get to know Florence Hinder,
Civil Engineering

What’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to you at UC?

I met Prince Harry! He came to the UC campus to meet the people in the Student Volunteer Army. We showed him the projects we’d done throughout the year. I got to talk to him and ended up being on the news.

What have you been up to in the SVA?

I've been on the exec for two years and this year I am the Communications Manager and for my first year I was a platoon leader. I led a bike restoration project with Rad Bikes, one of the gap filler projects in Christchurch we were took old bikes and fixed them up for students whose bikes had been stolen.

What’s cool about being in the SVA?

It really refreshes you and reminds you why you’re studying. I'm doing Civil Engineering and getting out into Christchurch has helped me see all the changes that are happening due to the rebuild. I get to see why Civil Engineering is so important. .

So it takes you beyond campus?

Yes, definitely. It's a club that interacts with the whole of Christchurch. Even a little thing like mowing someone’s lawn can have such a positive effect. It brightens their day to see people caring. It’s humbling.

"Open your eyes to opportunities. They’re all there, just take them!"

How do you like living in Christchurch?

I love it. I ride my bike everywhere. You can ride through Hagley Park and it's just so beautiful throughout all the seasons. There’s life everywhere in the central city now. It's really exciting. Christchurch has become a really vibrant and quirky city with cafés and places to go.

What’s your #1 tip for new students?

Open your eyes to opportunities. They’re all there, just take them! And don't be afraid to question things. Do what you want to do, not what everyone else is doing. There are so many different clubs you can be a part of.

How is UC helping you thrive?

I've had so many opportunities to meet people and challenge myself. With UC you get a lot more practical experience during your studies. And with the clubs you can learn so many other skills like organising, managing, and looking after people. These things really make a difference when it comes to your career.

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