I attended the Cedar Open House 2016 on a pure whim. I went in expecting little, least of all to be so thoroughly impressed that I’d come out with a newfound zeal to join Cedar College, a mere fledgling organisation, despite all the uncertainties the future already held. It was a risk, but it was one I took after having been won heart and soul by the enthusiasm and fervour that the teachers and hosts of the Open House displayed. Their passion for teaching and for spreading not just textbook knowledge but also intellectual enlightenment inspired me to take a fearless step into the unknown.
At the same time, I knew that if I was inspired by this, so would many others all around Karachi with likeminded values and interests. This led me to believe I’d get something special out of my Cedar experience, not just from the faculty, but from my peers as well.
And while this was merely a first impression…it was an impression that has held true through my entire year so far at Cedar. I found a home. I found friends I cared about, those with similar career goals and value systems who propelled me to be my very best me and vice versa. I found teachers who invested in me, not just as a student but as an individual who looked to them for guidance. There was always someone ready to support me when I needed it.
For me, Cedar has been an all-round amazing experience. I would also like to give a special shout-out to Bashir Bhai and Raz Muhammad for their quiet presence with which they unknowingly lent me so much comfort. They made Cedar home.