Sonia Ram joined the University of St Andrews in 2020. She undertook the MA International Relations course at the time when the University was responding to the COVID pandemic – an unconventional and uncertain start to university life.
Nevertheless, Sonia got involved in life in Halls where she became a core member of the Hall Committee at Fife Park Residence.
Despite the restrictions placed on social activities in Halls, Sonia was enthusiastic about bringing people together and she became well known as the Halls Quizmaster, hosting online quizzes for other students.
Sonia enjoyed vegan cooking and sharing her skills with appreciative friends. Outside of her degree in International Relations and History, Sonia was a Nightline volunteer. This student-run, confidential listening and information service is for students by students. She was kind, caring, and supported students at the University beyond her immediate friendship circle. Within an academic setting, she was well-liked by those that worked alongside her and those that taught her.
Sonia grew up in Glasgow, having also been born there, attending Broomhill Primary School and later, Hyndland Secondary School. At school – as she would later show at university – she was involved with the student body and coached younger students on public speaking. She took part in mock trials and enjoyed the legal processes and diplomacy that this involved. A treasured moment growing up was when Sonia was chosen to meet President Barack Obama during a presidential visit to Scotland.
On Monday 6 February 2023, Sonia died suddenly aged 20 years old.
Sonia is survived by her mother Harmesh, father Hans, and older sister Alisha. Sonia’s impact will be felt on this town as well as on all the lives that she touched.
Support is available from Student Services, the Chaplaincy, and Occupational Health by all affected by this tragedy. The Chaplaincy Office will publish funeral details soon and Principal Sally Mapstone encourages students to get in touch with the support services available.
Student Services: +44 (0)1334 46 2720
Chaplaincy: +44 (0)1334 46 2866
Occupational Health: +44 (0)1334 46 2750 or +44 (0)1334 46 2752
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