Having always had a strong interest in foreign affairs, cultural exchanges and different languages, Glehn Von Loh is pursuing degrees in Political Science and International Studies at UNF.
Get to Know Glehn Von Loh
Where are your from?
I hail from Makati City, Philippines! However, I’m also a Navy brat, so I’ve lived in California, Maine and Hawaii before moving to Jacksonville.
Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida?
UNF was the only university I applied to because it was the perfect size — not too small, nor too large — which provided a competitive environment while still making it feasible to get involved in leadership roles on campus. What most appealed to me was the emphasis UNF places on studying abroad. There are plenty of scholarships available to students aspiring to intern or study in another country.
What do you like most about UNF?
The people at UNF are so personable. It’s easy to meet new people, get involved with campus organizations and have casual conversations with professors. Student clubs are very welcoming of new members and with the diversity of student groups there is bound to be a fit for everyone. Faculty and staff regularly email students about various opportunities in the community and are always delighted to have conversations about topics students are passionate about.
What has been your coolest UNF experience so far?
I got involved with Student Government during my first semester at UNF and it truly reshaped my whole college experience. I joined the executive branch as the project manager and later held the position of chief of staff. The professionalism and autonomy the students have in making meaningful decisions on campus never fails to impress me. I cannot think of another job I could have done in college that would have equipped me with the leadership and management skills as much as my experience in SG did.
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
It would be thrilling to witness the Berlin Wall come down. I can only read and listen to stories such as this, yet they are always full of emotion. I can’t imagine what it was like to be there when it happened.
How do you recharge on campus or in Jacksonville?
It’s a cliché, but I enjoy long walks on the beach. I like to go to Eco Adventures on campus; it’s a fun place to borrow kayaks and paddleboards to use on the pond.
Do you have any advice for high school students?
Always say yes to new opportunities. Whether you think you’re interested or not, when an opportunity presents itself, try it at least once and you may be surprised. You never know what other doors may open by trying different things. It is better to experiment with different interests earlier on than to stress about not knowing what to do later. There are lessons to be learned through every experience and people to meet that lead to great friendships.