Ms Gloria Goh Karlyen graduated from Nanyang Technological University in 2012 and has been a Uni-Y alumni member since her graduation. Currently, she is working in Baxter Bioscience as a manufacturing engineer, focusing on operational excellence, which requires her to be involved in strategic planning and improvement projects. Outside of work, Gloria serves actively in church as a keyboardist in the Jesus For All Minds (JAMs) ministry, and connect group leader, mentoring and conducting bible study lessons for fellow connect group members.
During her university years, Uni-Y caught her attention among the vast array of clubs and societies with its wide variety of programmes, ranging from local community service programmes, international service programmes to social enterprise programmes. In addition, as a Christian, Gloria was also attracted to the club by the fact that Uni-Y was a club that was founded on Christian values. Through volunteering, Gloria realised that it was a greater blessing to be able to give than to receive. Through her time spent interacting with the beneficiaries, she witnessed how a simple gesture like storytelling and spending quality time with the children can bring so much joy not only to the beneficiaries, but also to herself.
On top of that, during her term in the Uni-Y ExCo, 2 YMCA staff – Mr Jimmy Ong and Mr Victor Poh left a great impact on her. Despite their constant busy schedules, Jimmy and Victor would always make time for the volunteers, offering not only a helping hand, but also a listening ear in times of need. This heart of compassion and willingness to go the extra mile exemplified by Jimmy and Victor was one of Gloria’s greatest takeaways.
Looking back at her Uni-Y journey and how Uni-Y NTU has grown since its establishment, Gloria is thankful to have led a dedicated and committed group of ExCo members, who serve wholeheartedly to plan and prepare for every Uni-Y programme and event. “I will never forget the night before we departed for our International Service Programme (ISP) trip. As the ISP team had to stay up all night to finish up the preparation for the trip, the entire ExCo decided to put up for the night at Jocelyn’s place (Uni-Y NTU ExCo Member) to help out as well. That was definitely a memorable experience.” She hopes to see Uni-Y NTU continue to grow from strength to strength, glory to glory, empowering youth to make an impact in the communities!