Lois Goh was born in Singapore and raised in Perth, Australia and Singapore. The populations of her two childhood homes, combined, equal about 7 million people. So what brought the Communication major to Flagler, with its 2,500 student enrollment and small-town locale? It’s simple, she said: “Flagler had small class sizes, which meant more personal attention from professors.”
She chose wisely. During her time at Flagler, Lois has had the opportunity to participate in a number of research and leadership opportunities. She was nominated by Professor Helena Särkiö to the Institute on Political Journalism under The Fund for American Studies, through which she worked as a summer research associate with Washington D.C. public affairs firm kglobal. In addition, she worked with Professor Rosemary Tutt and local marketing firm The Dalton Agency to produce a research study about the changing social media landscape and relationships between reporters and PR professionals. She also served as president of Flagler’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and as managing partner for Dow Advantage, Flagler’s in-house PR firm.
Suffice to say, Lois has a heaping of ambition, intelligence, and passion for her field. But she also credits Flagler with helping her focus her goals and learn how to connect with other professionals. “I think it is the patience of the Communication and English Department faculty that has helped me integrate into the American culture,” she said. “They encouraged me and helped me feel like my words mattered. This is quite a feat considering I don’t even come from the United States.”
Despite her love of the small atmosphere at Flagler, Lois is still thinking big when it comes to her future plans. After graduation, she said, she will work on restoring a castle in France. “Thereafter, I will be attending graduate school in the States,” she said, “and after my Ph.D., I will work in a think tank or start my own social enterprise.”