Can This Be
Your New Home?
Cedar has been my safe place and my home during this one year. It has nurtured me and I have always felt cared for here. Everyone is like a small family at Cedar. There is an incredible amount of support, encouragement and kindness that I’ve met with here. A Levels is a monumental time in the life of a student and it changes you in so many ways. Throughout this learning curve of going from O to A levels, the faculty and staff at Cedar have supported me and ensured that I have had an amazing educational experience. At Cedar, there is a spirit of doing more and it seeps its way into everyone. My interpersonal skills have greatly improved and I’ve formed friendships with so many different people. Even though I’ve been ill quite often and have had to miss classes, I’d still come in late just to be on campus. Chemistry classes with Sir Bilal’s jokes, warm coffee and the early morning sunshine flooding through the campus are memories I’ll deeply cherish. I feel like I belong here and as someone who has lived her entire life as an immigrant, its the greatest feeling ever. Cedar is home.
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.
HASAN KHAN SHERWANI
If you’re coming to Cedar then you’re in for an experience that’s unique to Cedar alone. Cedar has this way of showing you that what you want is important to them. Here you’re treated as an individual – every time I think of Cedar the one sentence that goes through my mind is “you choose what you want to do and we’ll adjust our schedule to make sure you get it.” The teachers here aren’t just working to get you ready for an exam, they’re there to help you really understand the subject.
A lot of you will have noticed that Cedar really knows how to talk the talk – all those promises, all those extracurriculars, all those things Cedar’s telling you to look forward to. Let me tell you this: I loved all of those too, and they were part of why I came to Cedar – and I wasn’t one bit disappointed. Cedar knows how to walk the walk, just as well as it talks the talk.
If I was to describe Cedar in two words I’d say friendly and caring. I realized this when one of the counselors came up to me and asked why I was dropping a particular subject. I told her it was too difficult, I couldn’t do it and that it was messing up my other subjects. She told me she wasn’t going to let me drop it, but also motivated me to keep it going. She didn’t have to do that. She chose to take out time to talk to me, help me and motivate me to go on with it, telling me she knew I could do it – and that’s Cedar for you.
Cedar really is the experience of a lifetime, and one that’s unique to Cedar, and Cedar alone.
I remember when I had great admission offers from all four top A Level colleges in Karachi. Despite this, I put my heart and soul into convincing my parents to let me go to Cedar despite the attached fear of the new and the unknown. Now when I look back to that day, I feel immensely happy and satisfied with the decision I made. Cedar has so much to offer to its students if they take advantage of all the opportunities at hand. The faculty is unparalleled, with teachers not only being highly qualified and experienced but also extremely approachable and genuinely invested in our welfare. They have earned all of our admiration and respect. Meanwhile, the administration makes sure that school feels like home, and you don’t miss out on anything – and they are always there to help you out. I love the core course program because of the fact that it transcends the barriers of standardised education and provides the students with an insight to the world that no other place does. I think I’ve had a very enlightening experience of self growth and development at a Cedar in my AS year. I’ve learned how to be more compassionate, how to overcome the fear of failure and how to be comfortable in my own skin. An educational institution’s responsibility is not just to make sure you get As on your final transcript but also that you graduate as a better human being, and I would doubtlessly agree that Cedar, for me, has fulfilled this responsibility and surpassed all my expectations.
SHAH ANAS AHMED
Every student has the potential to reach the sky; to be better; and to succeed at what they love. Cedar as an A level institution aims to provide avenues and opportunities to its students to actualise their potential in an environment which doesn’t just focus not on competition, but also encourages growth. From debates and improv to rowing and football, Cedar has made sure that no matter what your goals may be and what you strikes you as interesting, you will find innovative platforms to carry on with them. It is a place designed for all. One of the key aspects that makes Cedar the best, is the inclusivity and diversity that we find on our campus. People with different interests gelling together like one big family.
At Cedar, you will notice the finest faculty across all subjects, where teachers make sure that they are always available for students; building up on an open student teacher relationship. Through this, students have the opportunity to extract the most out of their teachers, in terms of their wisdom, knowledge, and experiences.
Lastly, the thing that makes Cedar distinctive among other A Level institutions is the college’s Core program. The structure requires students to learn about various fields, such as politics and astronomy without any academic pressure – solely for the sake of knowledge and character building. Clearly, Cedar realizes the fundamental responsibilities of an educational institute, which ideally aims to help students identify who they are before they enter the real world!
SYED SHAH ANAS HUSSAIN
Cedar is really the place you want to be. It’s an amazing atmosphere, with a range of reputable faculty members and a diverse list of extra circular activities. Personally, the thing I love the most about my college is how close the Cedar community really is behind the scenes. Everyone, from the administration body to the staff, is very helpful and pleasant to talk to; causing me to meet many unique and wonderful people here. The teachers go out of their way to make sure that the students are not treated like their inferiors. Cedar College in general places a lot of focus on detailed student-teach interaction. And I probably know what you’re thinking, “Yeah, that’s what everyone says, it never really is.” But this my friends, is different. The teachers here are more likely to be found in the courtyard than in the staff room, and many a time I’ve experienced that a teacher just plonks themselves right beside you and talks to you like their equal; debating about things ranging from philosophies, theorems all the way till which team is most likely to win the Premier League. And it is here that lies the greatest strength of Cedar, it’s teachers’ dedication to serve as academic inspirations as well as personal mentors. They are your best buddies and confidants, making sure that classroom learning is of a high standard while also maintaining a fun learning atmosphere for students! All in all, my experience, though short, has been a wonderful one. Go Knights!!!
When choosing an A-levels school, it was important to me to find a school that would not only help me advance academically, but also allow me to develop as a person.
Cedar is not an average school – Cedar teaches its students dedication, courage and perseverance. At Cedar there is never a dull moment, for the atmosphere is one that encourages curiosity and learning. The Core Courses, the Cedar Enrichment Program (CEP), and Faculty and Staff always help broaden students horizons and help them be open to new experiences.
Cedar is not just about getting good grades, but about discovering your potential and interests, where you fall only to pick yourself up, where you don’t race for the finish line, but to enjoy the journey. Cedar provides us with the tools to overcome any and all obstacles we may face in life. Every moment at Cedar makes us grow and learn. Joining Cedar has greatly and positively impacted my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better college experience. Cedar was my dream that came true.
DANIYAL ASHRAF ADMANEY
Cedar College has become my second home. The atmosphere here is one which, in my opinion, cannot be found elsewhere. I have, in this short time, met the most amazing people at Cedar College. The uniqueness of Cedar stems not from the outstanding, hardworking teachers or the numerous extracurricular activities it offers. What truly makes Cedar the first of its kind in Pakistan is the extensive and innovative use of technology! Students from other schools can be seen hunched by their backpacks, but Cedar’s policy of providing each kid with an iPad ensures that this does not happen to its students. Our iPads have everything, be it notes, course books or college counseling tools. From the most qualified and friendliest teachers, to the outstanding number or CEP activities, Cedar has it all. Be it a sports event or a debating championship, you will find Cedar Knights out shining all other participants.
I do not like waking up early morning in order to get to school, this has been an issue i have faced my whole life. But ever since I have joined Cedar College, I find myself looking forward to getting up for school. Cedar College is managed by great admin, be it Ms. Fatima, or Ms. Zenab; or great teachers such as Sir Roque and Dr. Farooq Sheikh; and great coaches such as our debate coach, Mr. Hassaan Bin Shaheen. Along with enhancing educational opportunities, Cedar College facilitates exceptional extracurricular activities such as Model United Nations and Debates Club. These academic and extracurricular activities allow us to discover and develop our personalities. Cedar College is one of the very few schools in Pakistan that teaches philosophy. We have our very own resident philosopher: Yasser Ahmad, who heads up Core Courses such as Philosophy of Time and Ethics and extra curricular clubs such as Philosophers Cafe. Cedar has an extremely positive environment: the counselors here are extremely helpful and approachable; all of our problems are effectively resolved. Cedar is on the route to transforming education in Pakistan by implementing its progressive approach towards learning, and its first batch will be a testimonial to its success!
It is safe to say that I am glad I chose to come to Cedar College. So far, my experience here has been amazing! The teachers here are brilliant, they show genuine interest in each student’s development, and have combined a refreshing academic program for us. Most of all, I am glad that I get to be a part of an institution which strives for holistic improvement with a focus on personal development along with the A-Level curriculum. I don’t just spend my day at Cedar College studying physics and chemistry, I also get to develop other interests that I have. I get to do this through taking up the eye opening Core Courses offered, such as the The Roots of War, The Philosophy of Time. In this way, Cedar College reinforces the all encompassing nature of knowledge, in all of its forms and shapes. It is a great place full of the friendliest people who you know would always be willing to help you!
ABDUL HADI KHATRI
Cedar College has transformed education from its very roots, integrating technology and exposing students to its Core program led by a team of incredibly supportive and inspiring individuals. It is unlike any institution I could have imagined being here in Karachi. Every class offers an opportunity to grow through its motivational pull, while extracurriculars and student societies challenge us to push ourselves and allow us to pursue the things that we are passionate about as individuals. The friendly, accessible environment truly encourages us as students to learn, to love learning and to contribute to the collective growth of Cedar in a safe, open space. Although only four months in so far, I can say with certainty that I am glad to be a part of this amazing institution.
MARIAM SHABBIR LADHUBHAI
After leaving Bayview Academy, I never thought another educational institution could feel like home – but I was proven wrong when Cedar began. Although my experience here has just begun, I’ve never felt as comfortable around teachers and students as I have at Cedar.
In only four months, Cedar has allowed me to exhibit my athletic talent because of the encouraging and skillful coaches who helped me discover my true potential, which I would have never found on my own. Having a friendly and healthy relationship with all my teachers has also helped me academically and has made me more confident. There’s great comfort in knowing that not only can I go to my friends for moral or emotional support but I can also talk to my teachers. All that is left to say is, I’m proud to be a Knight!
Enrolling at Cedar is by far the best decision I have made yet. It is unlike other schools in Karachi because it focuses on education rather than exam-oriented, isolated learning. The teachers here teach you beyond just the course textbooks: they give you knowledge beyond the binaries of black and white and make you look at the world from a different perspective, showing you the grey spaces where questions and exploration happen. Studying here has totally changed me in all aspects, not just academics, even though it has not been long since I joined Cedar. When I see myself today, I see a totally different person because at this institution, you can become who you want to be. You learn about your areas of interest and at the same time are groomed to be a better person. I feel privileged to be under the guidance of the Cedar staff because each member of the institution has taught me invaluable lessons, and it’s due to them that I am becoming a different – and better – person.
Cedar has been an amazing journey so far. The institution has pleasantly surprised me at every turn, and continues to work towards fulfilling its promises to students. Of course it is not perfect yet but then, what is? At the same time, these imperfections are compensated for in full by the amazing management at Cedar which works continuously to accommodate all students. Cedar doesn’t just direct students towards academic success but is genuinely trying to improve their abilities of the students in all spheres with initiatives like the Core program. My experience to-date at Cedar has been memorable – it is undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have made.
We can’t wait to welcome you!