Our community and network span across generations. Hear from our alumni, and staff about their Lyceum experience.
I'm Shameneh Majid from the Class of 2015. Currently, I'm teaching, writing, and just going with the flow, picking up skills, hobbies, and passions I've wanted to focus on for a while.
It's hard to summarise the two years spent at Lyceum in a few words, but it was, without a doubt, one of the best times of my life. Despite the usual teenage angst, growing pains, academic, social, and personal challenges, there's so much I took away from that time.
From truly exploring and delving into my academic passions and interests, to finding mentors and supportive teachers and counsellors, and befriending some of the most incredible people I've ever known--and of course, Bashir Bhai's fries--there's so much to be thankful for.
Preparing for Readers' Theatre, Slam Night, and all the other events, spending afternoons hanging out in the generator area, eating khausa and tons of junk food, and just coming into our own through important, life-changing conversations--it's hard not to look back and be more than grateful to have had that.
Thanks for giving us a chance to be a part of something so special!”
- Shameneh Majid, Class of 2015
My name is Safina Danish Elahi, I am an Alumnus of The Lyceum School. I am the author of two books, a poetry collection by the name, ‘The Unbridled Romance of Love and Pain’ and the novel ‘Eye on the Prize’. My novel is being commissioned to be adapted for TV renamed ‘Duur: based on Eye on the Prize’. I am also the founder of a publishing house by the name ‘Reverie Publishers’ which aims to expand the publishing landscape of Pakistan.
The Lyceum school was many things for me. It was an institution yes, but it was also a home. It taught me to explore things I had never interacted with before. I topped my law class to become a lawyer. An avid reader, my writing was mediocre. I pushed myself in all my subjects. I played table tennis tournaments, I operated my first business (with a huge profit) in my Business Studies class, I argued positions in my sociology class. I ate Bashir Bhai’s fries, and shared prawn chilli with rice. I sang with my friends; I laughed with my friends. I met my best friend in Lyceum.
Lyceum was more than a school. It was when I met myself. I’d been shy, reserved and didn’t know many people in my first week. I have retained more friendships from my years at Lyceum than any other institution I’ve attended. Saying that it played a colossal part in my personal and social development is an understatement. I will always be in debt, to the teachers who shaped me, to the staff who loved me, and to the friends who cherish me still. Thank you, Lyceum.”
- Safina Danish Elahi Maiden Name: Safina Rauf Farouk
The Lyceum gave me a safe space to emotionally and mentally develop into an adult. It taught me how to be a strong yet empathetic woman. I owe some of my closest friendships to my two years at the school. Sending lots of love to The Lyceum community.”
- Mursilat Saquib, Class of 2017
Lyceum has nurtured me a lot. When I came to The Lyceum in 2018, I was nothing compared to the new Suhana who graduated in 2020. I had learnt to speak on my own. The whole staff, including the teachers, GCS, CCs, floor managers each gave students the confidence to keep them going. That small yet really cozy building gave a homely feeling. Would never be able to forget Mrs. Ahmed's short speeches, Sir Yawar's innocent taunts, Sir Farhan's jokes, Zulfiqar bhai's salams, Bashir bhai's piping hot French fries, Sir Kamran Waris's assistance and Miss Mahrukh's continuous support."
- Suhana Sohail Meghani, Class of 2020
There is an odd sort of despair one feels when writing about the past. Not unlike the despair felt by Borges upon facing the limitless Aleph; for in thinking about the past one must unavoidably grapple with the temporal nature of the self, existing constantly in the shadow of more permanent creation, at once a creature of time past and time present, and perhaps time future. We must therefore always be thankful for places that in their way transcend time and in doing so allow us to transcend ourselves.
A few years ago, I took my sister to her first day at the Lyceum. Very little had changed. The walls were the same, as were the fittings and fixtures, and the teachers radiated the same warmth and dedication to the school’s values that I had grown so fond of during my time there. Everything, except the students themselves, seemed affixed in time and memory.
Indeed, when I listen to my sister talk about the Lyceum of 2021, I am struck by how similar it is to the school I went to so many years ago.
Truly, in an age Bauman has fittingly deemed to be constantly liquid, the Lyceum stands as a veritable beacon of consistency; firmly anchored to its values of tolerance and compassion.
That really is what the Lyceum is to me, a place constant as the northern star, of whose true-fix'd and resting quality there is perhaps no fellow in the firmament.”
- Hamza Anwar, Class of 2015
I often look back and reflect on my journey at The Lyceum. It has played a pivotal role in my educational, social, and political development! Lyceum provided a platform for me to discover and reshape my character in many fundamental ways. I definitely owe a lot of my current achievements to this school because it laid the preliminary foundation for my academic and professional success. As a proud alum, I truly miss Lyceum and wish I could go back to relive the experience!!"
- Suha Yacoob, Class of 2017
Lyceum taught me the importance of learning to handle failure and how it can do wonders to you only when taken constructively; being a filmmaker now, it made me the person I am today."
- Mahnoor Aslam, Class of 2015
The two years of Lyceum have undoubtedly been the most important years of my life; I got the chance to meet people and face scenarios that I never had the chance to before, and it without a doubt shaped me into the person I am today. From the experiences I had to the friends I made to the skills I developed, I owe a lot to this institution for giving me so much. A part of me wants to relive those two years over and over because of how amazing they were, Alhamdulillah, and I'll continue to fondly remember all the good times I spent here.”
- Shahnoor Ahmed, Class of 2019
Lyceum is the place where I got an opportunity to explore myself. It is the place where I learnt innumerable things: tolerance, time management and reducing my carbon footprint to name a few. Lyceum gave me an opportunity to serve the community and to become a better citizen by encouraging activities such as the plantation drive. They have a state of the art FabLab, through which we did multiple stem modules and many other things. I stand by my alma mater, and I hope the entire Lyceum community will do so too!”
- Anonymous, Class of 2010
The Lyceum for me is synonymous with home. The two years spent at 78 Clifton are some of my most beautiful and treasured moments, owing to the warm campus, close-knit community, stellar academics, life-long mentors, incredible CCA opportunities, and so much more.
I look back fondly at some of the highlights from my time at The Lyceum, which included organising a “Music for Peace” concert at the Arts Council, to come together as a community after the attack in Peshawar in December 2014. I remember working with StuCo on a 5-day carnival for Round Square, and the highlight of which included winning the volleyball tournament, defeating the faculty team in the final. I remember the life-long friends I have made, who have become my family over the years and I remember playing for five sports teams, running from one practice to the other, because Sir Zaidi meant business.
I am grateful to Mrs Ahmad, Shahriar, and staff at the Lyceum for allowing students the space to learn and grow, and truly execute student-led, student-run initiatives. During my run as Student Council President and House Captain, I was taught amongst many things, the value of servant leadership, to serve those you lead, a concept new to me at the time, but a core part of me today. I am currently a Barrister, working within the IT and Telecom industries and heading a Group of companies within the IT, telecommunications and digitisation space.
Lyceum was and always will be home for its 10,000 plus strong alumni community, with its doors always open to welcome you just as it did when you first walked into the gates of 78 Clifton as a nervous, and perhaps excited, A1 student, waiting to see the magic unfold. I wish Lyceum continued success in its journey of serving as an oasis of knowledge, values, culture and deep-rooted traditions.”
- Mahnoor Nadeem, Class of 2015
It was my dream for my son to get admission in Lyceum for his A levels. We, as parents, find Lyceum to be one of the best institutions of Karachi. I proudly tell my family and friends that my son graduated in 2017 from one of the best colleges in Karachi.”
- Sadaf Yusuf Hayati, Class of 2017
Is home a feeling?
That tugs at the
the ache oh so
a wave of nostalgia
rocks the boat
Is home a person?
From behind curtains
like those reluctant
first rays of sunlight
after a stormy night.
Is home an identity?
A passport perhaps
the stamp indicates
where you are headed
but what if the journey
is within you?
Is home a place?
Where letters are written
secretly and ripped apart.
Somewhere, a book
Gathers dust but the faded rose
Petals pressed lovingly between
pages still smell the same.
Can home be all of the above?
Winter mornings and coffee
Moorahs and much needed
Hangouts with friends
in the D-zone.
Little did I know
I found home under the
shade of trees and
- Rumana Mehdi Syeda Rumana Mehdi is a passionate poet intent on discovering little joys in life through poetry and crocheting. She has recently completed a double masters in Women and Gender Studies from University of York and University of Granada.
Whenever I look back at my time at Lyceum, I can undoubtedly call those two years the most memorable and golden years of my life. Before I had gone to Lyceum, I felt just two years wouldn’t make any difference and I might just pass these two years studying, meeting people here and there and step into my undergrad years. Oh, I was so wrong! Lyceum is a place that felt like home and it still does. Sitting on the mooras in the back shed feeding on Bashir Bhai’s canteen food or spending time in the D zone, the area outside the library or just anywhere around, every corner, every place has a memory that is still extremely close to my heart! Lyceum has got such a peaceful vibe that just makes you feel at home. You meet the nicest and warmest people at this place. I met the most wonderful individuals and made such amazing friends who still are my closest friends today. These are people I can easily count on, to this day, and nothing’s changed honestly. I’m so thankful to have chosen Lyceum because not only did it give me the best experience in terms of academics but it helped me grow and evolve to become a better person.
Right now, I am studying Computer Science at Habib University and to this date, every now and then, I reminisce about my two years at The Lyceum!”
- Zoha Ovais Karim, Class of 2019
When my sister started her A Levels at Lyceum, I felt like I'd come full circle. I couldn't wait to share our stories. The food, the teachers, the classrooms, the generator area, and the game zone were all being seen through the lens of nostalgia. Whenever she'd tell me a story, I would be able to add on to it, relating completely.
I'm a doctor now doing my house job and I still think back to the good old Lyceum days more so than any other time. Lyceum gave me some of my best friends and memories. For me, it was a peaceful time where I was slowly introduced to the outside world. It gave me drive and ambition and support like no one else did. It was an experience I truly wish everyone could have.”
- Maham J Ahmed, Class of 2015
During my two years at Lyceum I grew from an average student with immense social anxiety to a thriving member of the Lyceum community, all because of the balance that Lyceum had and the faculty and admin's dedication to ensure we would do well at everything we set out to do. I spent more time at Lyceum than I did at home and it holds a very important place in my growth as a student, as an artist and as a person."
- Alizeh Kazmi, Class of 2020
As someone who had never lived in Karachi before getting admitted into The Lyceum school, I found my home with moorahs in the D-zone. Verily, the 2 years spent here were pivotal for my academic career after completing my education here. Lyceum provided me the confidence to thrive under pressure and the staff from the peons to the counsellors were always helpful if I wasn't able to sustain the high level of academic performance required here. Their kind and motivating words always gave me strength. Without the love and support of the entire institution, I wouldn't be where I am today.”
- Saud Sohail Meghani, Class of 2017
It’s been almost 5 years since I graduated from Lyceum, but even today when I meet Lyceum alumni, I cannot help but reminisce about the D zone, Bashir Bhai’s fries, Sir Victor and his single lines, the smell of winter under the trees in the assembly area and most of all, how Lyceum made me feel.
Lyceum was a snippet of the real world; I had people around me who excelled at studies and scored nothing less than distinctions and some people were average at studies but were phenomenal at other things. Lyceum helped inculcate in me this idea that I could do anything and be anything and that the world was my oyster. I was never a distinction holder or an award-winning debater, but I continue to hold on to the values I learned from Lyceum.
A funny instance that I can recall from Lyceum is when I wore black socks instead of white to school and Sir Victor wouldn’t let me attend my 9 am Math class. I pleaded and pleaded, made promises of never daring to put on black socks as long as I live, but Sir Victor did not budge. Although at the time I was furious at him because I was already behind in math and had missed a class of integration and differentiation, today, I’m grateful. The discipline Lyceum instilled in me has stayed with me and one day I hope to pass it on to my children.
At this point in my life, I am a lawyer practicing civil litigation in the courts of Sindh and currently studying to become a barrister. I hope I can someday give back to Lyceum, in my limited capacity, what it has given me.”
- Shanzeh Junnaid, Class of 2017
For me, The Lyceum did really prove to be a family because family doesn't abandon you even when you're hitting rock bottom. Lyceum taught me that it isn't the end of the world if you don't excel, but you just have to learn not to give up. I am where I am and who I am today due entirely to this great institution and my incredible teachers and mentors. Truth is, "Home is where the moorah is!"
FOREVER A PROUD LYCEUMITE!!!”
- Fatima Zehra, Class of 2017
The Lyceum has been a place that I will cherish for my entire life. It has groomed and polished me into the person I am today. The amount of effort the administration and faculty put into our personal and professional growth was admirable. I am so happy to be associated with this place. Thank you for everything you have done for me, Lyceum.”
- Soha Nauman Shaikh, Class of 2017
Lyceum has taught me how simple is beautiful. The people there have encouraged me to adopt positivity, and be kind. An institution which has shaped my personality, making me more thankful for what I have in my life.”
- Safa Idress, Class of 2020
Lyceum provided me with the resources to further my interests and discover my passions. The teachers and the admin were always supportive, helping me find the courage to be the best version of myself, keeping me motivated and inspiring me to work harder. Within those two years, I grew not only academically, but as an individual and more importantly, as a human being, learning essential values and gaining new perspectives. Lyceum will always be very dear to me and I hope to see its continued success in imparting education to the upcoming generations!”
- Bareerah Bilal, Class of 2020
My experience and time spent at The Lyceum can be summarised easily in just one sentence: Home is where the Moorah is!”
- Haider Haroon, Class of 2017
I was a long time employee of the Lyceum from 2003 until 2012, but before that I was a student there. There were other schools where I spent a longer time but no other place cared for me and nurtured me the way the Lyceum did. No other place will focus on education, teach you life skills and ethics, as well as instill in you a moral compass and a sense of humour. I have made forever friends with my classmates and my colleagues. I can't imagine my life without the teachings, the wisdom, and the love from my mentors that became my family. It is an incredible honour to be a part of this esteemed institution.”
- Priya Aslam, Class of 1998
Lyceum played such an important role in helping me learn about myself. It provided me with opportunities that have helped shape who I am today. I made some wonderful memories with wonderful people there.”
- Fatima Haroon, Class of 2017
I cannot put into words how amazing my journey at The Lyceum was. Met so many talented individuals, some of whom turned into lifelong friends. The support from faculty and admin remains unparalleled. I was guided every step of the way. This place will have a special place in my heart and I will forever cherish the friends and the memories it gave me. I wouldn't be where I am today if it was not for this school. Lyceum is, and always will be, home.”
- Syed Babar Tameez, Class of 2017
Being the first Head Girl of The Lyceum 34 years ago feels like eons ago, but I can still remember it as if it was yesterday.
Those 2 short years have left an immeasurable impression on my life.
There are so many beautiful memories and experiences that helped me become the person I am today.
I remember with nostalgia the many conversations we had during break, sitting on the mooras, having samosas with friends, who were like family, and still remain so dear and close to me.
I remember so vividly when we were asked to put together the first yearbook for The Lyceum and did everything ourselves.
What stood out for me was the liberty to express ourselves without fear or inhibitions. The teachers were more like our friends rather than disciplinarians and all of this was shepherded by Scheherazade Asdar Ahmad in letter and in spirit who continues to be a mentor, friend and confidant.
I am proud to see my school continue to be an inspirational and aspirational place and pray it continues to be for students for years to come.”
- Alizeh Mirza, Class of 1989
Lyceum gave me the chance to get to know teachers, mentors and friends, I would never otherwise have known. I am extremely grateful for that. I explored my interests fully at Lyceum. If I had not experimented with skills because of the opportunities Lyceum gave me, I would never have been able to know that I had the talent and the courage to make the impossible possible. I loved my time at The Lyceum and I will continue to love the place each time I visit. The platforms Lyceum provided me shed light on the plight of people in my city and made me realise my social responsibilities. I now understand neglecting my social duties would be akin to a crime. All such realisations and teachings are a result of the person I am today, shaped by my experiences at The Lyceum.”
- Rabia Amir Shaikh, Class of 2019
Lyceum was a turning point in my life academically and socially. It not only helped me identify my potential but also provided me with the resources to achieve my goals. It was a place, unlike my previous school, where I couldn't be bullied and a place where I mattered. I had difficulties making friends all my life but The Lyceum changed everything for me and I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities and friends that I got as a result of studying there. I am not sure if I would be where I am today if it wasn't for The Lyceum.”
- Anonymous, Class of 2019
It was my dream to see my son enrolled into the best A Level institution in Karachi, and I was blessed to have my daughter spend two years there, too. The level of commitment and dedication that I observed at this esteemed institution always impressed me. The staff took pride in always being helpful. The institution has always upheld traditional values and the respect shown to the founding members of the institution always attracted me whether by showcasing a sketch of the first guard in the guard room or inspirational quotes by senior faculty.”
- Humera Sohail Meghani, Mother of two Lyceum alumni members (Class of 2017 and 2020)
Lyceum has given me the most amazing two years of my life. It has contributed towards my career growth in a major way through its dedicated and highly qualified faculty and the comfortable and friendly environment it provides for its students. I am honoured to be part of The Lyceum as an alumna and I am grateful that I got the opportunity to spend two beautiful years of my life at such a prestigious school. My prayers and support with The Lyceum will always be there."
- Samia Wasid, Class of 2017
The Lyceum gave me two years’ worth of experience that redefined my work ethic, polished my willingness to go beyond the ordinary, and make brilliant memories with similar minded individuals. It's a place that allows you to hone life skills at an early age, and have the best time of your life while you do it."
- Hamza Bin Aqeel, Class of 2017
As far as I can recall, the two years of my life as a student of The Lyceum school were the best. The teachers were top-notch: they even went out of their way to help us. The academic body of The Lyceum is flawless; I believe no other college nurtures its students as well as the Lyceum. Sir Zaidi will always be a driving force for me to get better at sports. Even to this day, I cherish the memories I made with the Basketball team. Co-curricular activities provided such an amazing environment for me and my friends to fully express our creative desires. It was truly an honour to study at such a prestigious college.”
- Hafeez Nigher Ahmed, Class of 2016
Lyceum has helped me grow into a more mature and hardworking student as well as a more empathetic and caring person. I learned a lot from the respectable staff and the values embedded in Lyceum."
- Rohaan Kamran Atta, Class of 2017
The Lyceum has played a very vital role in shaping my personality. Whatever I have achieved today is surely because of Lyceum. This place has made me confident, strong and at the same time humble and true to myself. The ultimate thing about this college is that it makes you feel like you're at home. The teachers and counsellors there not only teach but they literally nurture you to be a good human being. I had the best two years of my life at Lyceum. I got a chance to meet amazing people there who I am still in contact with. I will always cherish those memories forever.”
- Humaira Abdul Rehman, Class of 2019
Lyceum has played a vital role in my personal development and has given me life long friends. The teaching faculty and counsellors were extremely supportive and guided us in the best manner. Not only did I get an excellent academic experience but I was also able to participate in multiple extracurriculars.”
- Ushna Khan, Class of 2017
The Lyceum provided me and my fellow chairs of the science society with the opportunity to spread STEM awareness in the form of a national science competition, the first of its kind. This allowed students the opportunity to discover the wonders of science as well as a platform to share their magnificent ideas. Even in these turbulent times, they did not hinder our plans, giving us all the resources they could to achieve our goal.”
- Yaazir Mehdi, Class of 2021
In the short two years I spent at the Lyceum, it became my home away from home. Everyone there is so warm, welcoming and ever ready to help you out. The Lyceum gave me the confidence to believe that I could achieve whatever I set my mind to and has played a very important role in making me the person I am today."
- Neha Usman, Class of 2020
The Lyceum has played an integral part in my personal and academic development. Will never forget the teachers who worked with me for hours, even on weekends, to help me with concepts I couldn't understand. They helped me pull up my grades so much that I can safely say I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for them. The Lyceum will always have my support and love."
- Kashang Afzal, Class of 2017
Lyceum has been very integral to my professional and academic growth. It allowed me to explore new directions and truly understand what I'd like to achieve in my life. Lyceum gives equal focus to academics and personal growth which makes it a one-of-a-kind institute. The Lyceum philosophy continues to nurture me to this day!"
- Hasan ul Haq, Class of 2016
The two years I spent at The Lyceum have been some of the best years of my life so far. The nurturing and supportive environment created by the faculty at school really helped me grasp some life long lessons which I shall forever remain grateful for. The school holds a very special place in my heart as it not only helped me academically to achieve my goals but also gave me some of the best friends who will always be very close to my heart.”
- Javeria Aijaz, Class of 2016
For the first 11 years of my school life, I had bullies for teachers. I went from being a chirpy kid to a reserved teenager. All my confidence was shattered and my hard work and successes were met with straight faces. I started believing I was ordinary and I thought the world was going to be like this: cruel and cold towards me. I felt I'd have to be ready to fight. When I entered the Lyceum, I was ready to be looked down upon by people. Instead I was met with love and warmth. I was helped by students, teachers and the staff at every step of the way. My walls came down and I bloomed. My talents started flourishing as they were appreciated and celebrated. There were days I wanted to cry, not because I was upset but because the love that I received was overwhelming. Had it not been for The Lyceum, I would've entered my adult life as a very damaged individual. Instead, I bloomed into the best version of myself. I started loving myself and believing in myself. I owe everything I am today to The Lyceum. Entering The Lyceum through the small and beautiful entrance was like Alice finding the door to Wonderland for me. I sincerely hope our future generations get the chance to experience what I experienced in the best two years of my life."
- Anonymous, Class of 2020
When I say this, I'm pretty sure I speak for a lot more people; Lyceum was not only my second home but it became my first home during those two years. Even after graduating, it holds a dear place in my heart. It was a place where we not only grew academically, but emotionally. I learnt so much about myself, people around me and the people in Karachi as well as globally. There was a visible shift in my personality, for the better. There was a huge change in how I thought and perceived things. Lyceum is truly an epitome of excellence, growth and companionship."
- Bismah Qureshi, Class of 2019
I once had to interview the students and faculty of Lyceum for an activity. The one sentence that was consistent in every interview was "Lyceum is my home" From 8 to 4 everyday for two years, Lyceum was my home. Even now, Lyceum continues to be my home. Acceptance, kindness and love is embedded into the very walls of Lyceum. I am who I am because of Lyceum and I can never thank it enough for that."
- Ayesha Ahmed Baig, Class of 2020
The Lyceum has definitely taught me a lot about life. From sports, to academics and to socialising, I went from an average person in all of these aspects to a person who excelled in all these aspects! The Lyceum had such an amazing environment where the students, teachers, admin, staff—everyone—was so welcoming and kind that it felt like a new home to me. All the mistakes, fun times and hard times at Lyceum have given me a boost in life and I'm forever grateful for that. I made many friends here that are still very close to me.
P.S. We even went to Egypt together 😀
End note: The Lyceum is awesome and has everything you could ask for in a School!"
- Mohammad Avdol Ahmed, Class of 2016
The two years I spent at The Lyceum have been the best years of my life. Lyceum shaped me into the person I am today and the memories I have made at Lyceum will always be a part of me."
- Ali Haseeb Jaffri, Class of 2017
I'm proud to call Lyceum my second home; having spent the two best years of college here, I’m happy to have been part of the class of 2020. At Lyceum, I could be myself, express my creativity and share my talents without hesitation, as the faculty and staff were very supportive in helping me pursue my passions. My confidence today is thanks to my friends and the faculty of The Lyceum, who always encouraged me to achieve my dreams and constantly supported me in overcoming any challenges I faced. Every single day at The Lyceum for me was a memory to be cherished: from the events to the jokes we shared in class, to the times spent having fun with friends: Although the pandemic caused our last year to end abruptly, I'm thankful to have been part of The Lyceum family, and it will always have a special place in my heart.”
- Nabiha Ghani, Class of 2020
The Lyceum has been an amazing experience and a beautiful journey of two years, with lifelong memories! It has impacted my life endlessly and made me what I am today. Lyceum shall forever remain very close to my heart!"
- Anmol Zehrah, Class of 2020
Lyceum has played a super important part in my personal and professional growth. Although almost four years have passed since I graduated from The Lyceum, my love and admiration for this place can't be described in words! Super grateful to be a part of such an amazing institution."
- Shanzeh Wasim Shaikh, Class of 2017
One decision that will always stand out as the best decision of my life would be choosing The Lyceum as my college. It’s an institute that not only focuses on academics but also on personal development. It is important to me that I acknowledge the wonderful help, encouragement and support that I received over the two years of my A levels.”
- Marium Sarwar, Class of 2019
Even though our time at The Lyceum was just for two years, it has stuck with us to date. The bonding over moorahs, Bashir bhai ke fries and all the unique spots to hang around in the school truly helped many friendships blossom. There was no way you, as a student, could not have made so many fond memories.
The recollection of memories is endless, and I'm sure we would all love to re-live those wonderful days!"
- Muhammad Abdullah Qureshi, Class of 2012
Lyceum has played a major role in shaping my career and has helped me find my true potential. My confidence had been completely shattered from the school that I came from, devastated by the fact that not only students, but at times, even the faculty members can bully you as well, scared of ever being able to find a place I can adjust to. Being part of The Lyceum with such fears seemed hard initially, but Lyceum welcomed me with such open arms and warmth that this place, in no time, became my second home. I owe everything I am today to Lyceum and some of the great teachers who have really been amazing mentors and guides. Lyceum has given me so much acceptance and security that I can never repay! I hope Lyceum always continues to impart such confidence, excellence and warmth to the upcoming generations."
- Marium Muhammad Amin, Class of 2020
Lyceum was and always will be home. It helped me grow, learn, and become the person I am today. Lyceum is the kind of school that not only helps you excel academically but inspires you to be a better human being. I'll forever be grateful to this institution and all the people who made it so special. Thank you so much.”
- Areesh Bhatti, Class of 2016
My mosaic made of dissimilar mooras
Peace. Serenity. That’s what drew me toward The Lyceum in the first
place. As a human being and a Muslim (for Islam is a peace-loving
religion), peace is and had always been what drew my soul toward it.
The aura and the atmosphere that the cool sea breezes, plentiful
frondescence and simplicity of the old-school infrastructure gave, just
made it the right place for a student to thrive physically and
intellectually. Even Principal Scheherezade’s persona exuded that
graceful cool spirit that I associate with The Lyceum.
I remember going through a rough patch at the very start of my time at
The Lyceum due to the demise of my beloved grandma. But vigilant
teaching and practical guidance by our excellent teachers made my
A Levels a breeze and helped ameliorate my uncertain self. In our
academic regime, the compulsory General Paper, although slightly
vexing at that time, became rewarding later in life. Miss Afshan Latif’s
constant grilling, Miss Fatema Noor’s timed titrations, and the sweet
sweet Miss Mehr Zaidi. The unmissable scientific and literary events
and Mrs Asdar’s ceaseless efforts to promote reading. It’s a never
ending list. The helping staff (shoutout to Zulfiqar bhai!) too went out of
their way to accommodate me if for example I wanted to perform my
prayers. Food for soul and food for the body i.e. Bashir bhai’s fresh and
appetizing meals contribute to the above. I could not have been more
As with many people’s lives post Covid, my life too did go through the
topsy turvy phase and at times when despair got to me, my serene past at
the Lyceum helped me calm down and even contributed towards making
rational decisions to the point that I earned a degree in Bachelors in
Biology from Middle East Technical University.
All these micro moments mounted upto boost my confidence but kept
me grounded and disciplined at the same time. What could be
better than a stage like this which not only helps you grow as an
individual, but prepares you collectively for the challenges in life ahead?
I am currently researching ways to give back to my fellow Pakistanis
along with constantly working on myself as an individual and aim to
help build a better life, a better society.
Love and prayers,
- Kabsha Shahid Jugnu, Class of 2016
The Lyceum school has a special place in my heart. There, I was taught and groomed by the best faculty in Karachi. I wouldn't be the person I am today without it.”
- Ayesha Adam, Class of 2012
Lyceum was my second home. Lyceum provided a platform for me to further and showcase my talents and helped me find my greatest potential. Lyceum is not only an institution; in fact, it's a family. During my time at Lyceum, I was Secretary of Student Council and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the faculty and administration at the Lyceum protected and advocated for my interests."
- Myra Nader Cowasjee, Class of 2019
I had the absolute best two years of my life at Lyceum. I don't think I'd be where I am today if it wasn't for Lyceum. I made some lifelong friends and mentors at Lyceum and will forever cherish the memories I made here. Lyceum does and always will hold a very special place in my heart. It will always be home for me."
- Maaha Ayub, Class of 2017
My two years at The Lyceum have been the most important part of my life. The level of support I received from the teachers and other faculty members played an important role in making me the person I am today. My time at Lyceum has shaped my personal and academic life. I will never forget the teachers and the friends I made, because with their support I was able to achieve my goals!"
- Irma Shahid, Class of 2017
The Lyceum school has been an integral part of shaping me as a person. Those two years that I spent at Lyceum along with my peers and teachers gave me valuable lessons which I cherish to date."
- Raiha Fatima Ali, Class of 2016
The thing that stands out the most to me is the respectful environment in the school.
I’ve inculcated a sense of responsibility, coordination, self management...and I’m still learning.”
- Syeda Sakina Rizvi - Admin
For me, the best thing The Lyceum does is social justice in terms of providing education facilities to all.”
- Syed Amjad Ali - Accounts Department
The unique thing about The Lyceum is that it treats all its employees equally whether they are support staff, janitorial or admin staff. I have learnt to work in a fast paced environment and satisfy different queries in an effective way.”
- Kamran Waris - Admin (Scheduling)
Here at The Lyceum, respect is one thing I find admirable; everyone respects their seniors. Respect is a feeling of deep admiration that is elicited by a person’s abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Another thing in which Lyceum is ahead of all others is innovation. The Lyceum believes in innovation, like online admissions or the students counselling system or CCA events. Lyceum is always ahead of others.”
- Nadeem Saeed - Accounts Department
I have been working as a senior administration member for The Lyceum for more than 20 years. The Lyceum stands out as a school that stands in a thoughtful place where a community of learners (both teachers and students) develops essential habits of mind. Lyceum’s aim is to provide each student with a diverse and holistic education that motivates self-discipline and excellence in learning.
Every morning when I wake up, it motivates me to come to work to complete the tasks efficiently. While completing these tasks I learn new skills and finding ways to solve the problems. At The Lyceum, I learnt how I can be an effective team member and respect the people around me.”
- Mir Waqas Ahmed -Registrar
For me, what stands out at The Lyceum is the feeling of belonging to a family that cares. The unique thing about Lyceum is that it makes you well-disciplined and grooms your personality and we learn and teach others how to respect each other. The sense of appreciation and responsibility drives me to work. I have learnt that we should take care of all our colleagues and all those around us and keep in touch with them.”