Advising Peers 2021-22
Abdul Wasay Ali Khan
Hello and a very warm welcome to all of you! I am Wasay, a Management Science senior at LUMS. As you all transition into this new phase, I am sure you are all geared up for the four most exciting years of your life. These four years will be transformative to say the least, may even seem daunting at times, but somewhere down the line you will surely find your spot in this incredibly diverse red bricked campus.
LUMS is an incredible place for growth but it is only fruitful as long as you are ready to make use of the several different avenues it has to offer. Make use of the numerous opportunities that LUMS throws your way and try to groom yourself holistically.
You will have your fair share of good days and unbearable lows but always feel free to reach out to people around you and you are highly likely to find someone who has been through the same. Lastly, and most importantly, take care of your mental health. A good GPA may look good on your transcript but not if it comes at the expense of your sanity.
I can’t wait to see you all soon, either virtually or on campus and feel free to drop me an email or text anytime, should you need help with anything. I wish you all the best with this new phase of life!
Hello, I am Abdullah Nadeem, an Accounting and Finance rising senior at LUMS. Congratulations on joining the LUMS family! All of you must be excited to start an exceptional journey at one of the most prestigious university of Pakistan. Get ready for the most wonderful 4 years of your life waiting for you. There will definitely be times where you will face challenges, but these will provide you with the strength to overcome the weaknesses you have.
My advice to you would be to explore as much as you can and achieve the right balance between your academics, extra curriculars and social life. All three combined make up the overall LUMS experience wholesome. As a peer advisor, I’ll ensure I’m there for you to transition into the culture, get a hang of everything around you and will help you explore your full potential. Welcome to the place with immense learning and growth opportunities to evolve into a better version of yourself. Hoping to see you soon and best of luck!
Congratulations and welcome to the LUMS family. My name is Abeer Nadeem, and I am currently a junior pursuing my major in Management Science. I will be your Peer Mentor for this academic year, and I hope I can aid ease your transition into university life by helping you with any issues that you may face.
As you all step into this new phase of your life, my advice will be to never be afraid to try new things. Among the many perks of LUMS is the multiple opportunities and platforms that it provides its students to express and explore various aspects of themselves. There are many student-run societies at LUMS that cater to different interests and allow an individual to maximize one’s full potential while also making life-long friends and memories. As for me, I have been a part of two student-run societies – LUMS Entrepreneurial Society (LES) and LUMS Community Service Society (LCSS). It is my third year in LES, and the majority of my LUMS experience is centered around this society and its wonderful people. Hence, I would encourage you to explore these different aspects and find what motivates you in order to undergo the whole essence of the LUMS experience.
I look forward to getting to know you and welcoming you!
Salam/Hello/Namaste/Sasriakal Dreams do come true!! Welcome to your second home. We are thrilled to welcome you onboard on this amazing LUMS Journey. I'm Ali, a rising junior at LUMS, and I will be serving as your peer advisor for the year 2021-2022. I am majoring in Accounting and Finance with an intended minor in Computer Science. In addition, I am currently serving as the President of the LUMS Society of Professional Accountancy (LSPA). Transformation is the word that can be used to describe my LUMS journey up till now. From being a quiet and shy boy who was afraid of speaking up in class to being the President of one of the largest accounting societies in Asia, LUMS is a place that challenges you and grooms you to develop your fullest potential. In addition, I have consistently been on "Dean's Honor List" for 2 years now, and my past experiences include being an O/A Level instructor. Apart from academics, I love Bollywood movies and being in the character of my favorite actor for the next week is a must. In addition, I love interacting with people and making friends. I believe I am the most easily approachable person as I love to help people out with whatever academic and non-academic problems they are facing. So, feel free to reach out any time to discuss any issue (oh yes, I can fit one Bollywood dialogue here: "Main hoon na") Since this will be a rollercoaster ride with some ups and downs (I hope not), my humblest advice for all of you would be to consistently keep believing in yourself: You can do everything! Take different challenging learning-intensive courses, definitely be part of societies, make new friends, learn how to lead, learn from failures, and most importantly, enjoy your LUMS life while simultaneously balancing all other chores. Being an avid fan of the movie '3 Idiots', I suggest you learn the most famous dialogue of the film, "All izz(is) well," since this is what keeps me going all the time. I look forward to having fun and intellectual khoka sessions with all of you! Once again super proud of you all for making it to Pakistan’s most prestigious university.
I extend my heartiest warm welcome to all of you, indeed making it into LUMS is no less than a feat you all have wonderfully achieved. I assure you that LUMS is so much more than just an institute. It is a place where all dreams come true, even if not true, it brings you and your dreams so much closer. And above everything, SDSB is one of the Asia’s top ranked Business Schools, and you are very part of it. I am Basra Ajmal, an Accounting and Finance Junior at SDSB LUMS, pursuing minor in Public Management. Two years back, I was in your shoes, walked into a totally new place, with confusions; happiness and expectations. If I may tell you a bit more, I was a student from science background, and switching towards Business studies was something that was thrilling me more than making me happy. But if I can make it, then why not you? The force stopping us is ‘us'! Dear Freshmen, do not be scared of this new beginning, it may seem daunting but once you start walking, you won’t regret walking in this trail. All you must do is welcome the opportunities and learning experiences coming your way and never be afraid to fail or fall, and if you do, be prepared to always get back up. My key motivation towards getting back up again has been a quote from Paulo Coehlo, “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to rise eight times.”
A little bit about myself: I love to paint and sketch; reading is my best way to escape the tensions and I am currently director at FINTRA. As a peer advisor, I cannot make big promises, but I can commit to be a person who will always be there for you to choose or think. My role is not constrained till your academics, but beyond that: extra-curriculars, personal life, social life, and what not. I hope to offer you advices which I received from my experiences. I also hope to be your go-to person for anything, and more than an advisor – be your friend. Lastly, do not worry about what is yet to come. Take a deep breath and live the present because these memories will make you fall in love with your past once you retire. I look forward to meeting you all soon on Campus, InshaAllah. Till then, I wish you all a healthy and blessed life. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!
Welcome aboard! You are about to embark upon on an amazing journey for the next 4 years and hopefully I can help you transition into this new life. It is intimidating to enter university life where you are confronted with unfamiliar people and difficult courses which you have never studied before. However, if you are equipped with the right knowledge, this transition can be a smooth and easy process. This is what I am here for! As your Peer Advisor, I am going to help you get familiarized with campus life and all the challenges that come with it, academic and social.
Since we are going to spend some time together, I will give a short introduction about myself. I am an SDSB Junior with a major in accounting and finance. Apart from studying hard to land on the DHL (Dean’s Honor List) my other interests include creative writing, painting (I’m just getting started on this), creating memes, swimming (beginner here as well!), reading, and cooking! I have also been a member of 2 societies at LUMS, SPADES and EMS. I am continuing with EMS in my junior year as it takes a lot of commitment to be in a senior position in any society and I want to put my full effort wherever I am working. I consider myself to be an easily approachable and friendly person so whenever you see me be sure to stop and chat for a while. If you are ever looking for me anywhere in LUMS, you will probably find me somewhere between the Library, IST or Khoka. Mostly, the library and IST (I know nerd alert)!
Looking forward to meeting you.
I remember being in your shoes when I first walked into LUMS, excited but also anxious about how I could best use the next four years to get where I wish to be in life. From my 2 years at LUMS, I can assure you that no one else has any clue what they are doing either! But we are all together in this. We are all there for each other in whatever life throws at us, and it is this reassurance that produces the wonderful graduates LUMS is able to produce. Transitioning from your high school journey to college can be overwhelming in several regards, which is primarily what we, as peer advisors, aim to help you through. LUMS grants you a lot of freedom in your academic choices. Navigating the uncertainty that comes with this freedom can be a hectic task, but that's mostly life. A word of advice from my end: Be the author of your own journey. A high tide may raise many boats, but it also sinks a few. Aimlessly following others will get you nowhere. Find your passion and follow it with all your heart. Always remember, not all that glitters is gold. It will take time, but LUMS is a diverse place where you will eventually find the people you muse with!
A bit about myself: I am passionate about public sector consulting and hope to you use data driven insights to solve problems for governments. I am also a marketing enthusiast so might work with a start-up, but who knows (:p). I have worked with several start-ups, ranging from ed-tech to environmental initiatives, which have helped me understand concepts like growth and strategy very well. Besides that, I love to draw, binge the criterion collection and read up on philosophy, economics, and political science. So, feel free to come in for a chat!
I am Karan Kumar, a junior at Suleman Dawood School of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance. First of all, Congratulations for making it to LUMS. A very warm welcome to all of you. These next four years would surely be an amazing experience. Every fourth year student who graduates wants to relive these four years again so make sure you use this time effectively. In the start, you might feel anxious and nervous but do not worry, we Peer Advisors are here to help you out.
A couple of years ago, I was exactly at your stage when I entered into LUMS for the first time. I was shy and very confused about how will I cope with the academic pressure along with extracurriculars and social life. It was difficult, but not impossible. Currently, I am placed in the Dean’s Honours List and have been promoted as a Director in multiple societies too. Not to forget that I have been on Northern Area trips with friends which is also an integral part of the LUMS experience. If you manage time, you can literally do everything you want. You must also show willingness to put in the extra effort that is required.
As a Peer Advisor for the academic year 2021-22, I would be always available for any queries that you have regarding the LUMS academics, societies, or even personal life too. I hope I will help you in my full capacity and help you achieve success in SDSB.
Looking forward to meeting you all in Fall!
Hello batch of 2025, welcome to Lums.
I am ecstatic to welcome you to some of the most incredible, thrilling, eye-opening, and challenging years of your life. I wish you the best of luck in the coming four years.
My name is Laiba Imran, a Junior at LUMS, majoring in Management Science. From my own experience at LUMS, I can tell that most of you will be confused, scared, and overwhelmed but simultaneously excited to begin this new chapter. It's natural to feel this way when you first arrive but trust me when I say that you'll love everything, and LUMS will feel like home in no time. It will transform into space where you can be yourself and express yourself without fear of being criticized. In addition, my peer advisors and I will do everything we can to make this transition as easy as possible.
As far as my journey at LUMS is concerned, it began with not knowing what I wanted to do with life. Studying Management to exploring psychology to working as event head and marketing director, I’ve done it all. Through these opportunities, I can confidently claim that I have come a long way in discovering my passion. The point I'm trying to make is that it's fine to be unsure and clueless since LUMS will take you on a self-discovery adventure. Embrace the new experiences & opportunities, making friends, taking diverse courses, joining societies, or exploring a personal interest. You'll have plenty of "firsts" in this university, so be willing to step out of your comfort zone to make the most of it. It will seem daunting & challenging but always have faith in your abilities. Amidst everything, remember never to doubt your capabilities and prioritize yourself by taking care of your physical and mental health. You will fall, you will cry, some days will be darker than the others, but in the end, you will make it through - I assure you that. We are all here for you.
Finally, I'd like to offer some advice that I believe is important. Never compare yourself to others; instead, concentrate on your own path and don't worry about what others are doing. Not to mention, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us regarding any issue, you can always reach out to me whenever you find yourself struggling, and we can unfold the mysteries of your LUMS life over a tea session. Good luck, you got this!
A very warm welcome to the batch of 2025/26 all! To me, you are the bravest batch out there. Amidst canceled college farewells and virtual new beginnings, it's understandable to feel dejected. However, do not let this beginning be tainted by these feelings, because happier times await you!
Whether it was your dream school or your plan B, LUMS with its red brick walls and undeniable charm will capture your heart in no time. You may be coming in for a degree, or an adventure, or for clarity but unknowingly, you have signed up for great memories, priceless lessons and valuable friendships along with some breakdowns, annoying CP wars, and inevitable change. Truth be told, don't worry about missing out on these experiences in a virtual setting because once you become a luminite, whether you want it to or not, an adventure will find you!
I joined SDSB with no commerce background, yet a bit of hard work made me get A’s in those subjects. Till my sophomore year, I was confused about my major, but one course introduced me to the field I want to pursue. The trouble of having a competitive environment is that while it pushes you to give your best, the fear of missing out can make it difficult to find your own path and focus on your own dreams. The most important thing is to have a good balance between academics, societies, sports, friends and yourself. Yes, step out of your comfort zones to go on a trip or talk to new people or join a sports team or get that CP point, but don’t forget to prioritize your ambitions, mental comfort, physical health and personal boundaries. You might meet some of your best friends and you might have to let go of some that meant the world. But change is a part of life and we must embrace it as we go. In this tough but rewarding journey, remember to be kind to yourselves because at the end of the day, you might be all you have.
I cannot wait to meet you all and be your peer advisor. Good Luck!
Mahnoor Hasnain Ahmad
Hello Everyone! Welcome to LUMS. My name is Mahnoor Hasnain Ahmad, and I am currently a senior pursuing a degree in Management Sciences. I love reading, poetry, traveling, and the quarantine period turned me into an amateur fitness enthusiast. During my time at LUMS, I have realized that I am the most passionate about creating an impact and contributing to society in any way possible.
I have consistently worked to balance my academics with extracurricular and other activities. I have led two departments - Socials and ATLAS at SPADES and Research and Insights at LUMS Consultancy Group. My advice would be not to hesitate to try new things, be it societies, volunteer work, courses, or anything. Through exploring different societies and courses, I not only got to utilize my creative side but also discovered new areas I am interested in.
When I first came to LUMS, I was anxious about what lies ahead of me, just like many of you might be right now. It is not a smooth ride; it will push you to your limits but, remember: everything happens for a reason. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. They will be your best friend through this journey because, in the end, it will all help you become the best version of yourself. Within the LUMS community, you will always find people who can relate to your situation and will be happy to assist you in any way. Amidst everything, remember to never doubt your capabilities and prioritize yourself by taking care of your physical and mental health. You can always reach out to me for guidance in any matter, and we will try to make it work – one way or the other. I wish you all the best of luck!
“Main Dhoondnay ko zamanay mai jo bhi jaga nikla
Pata chala keh ghalat lay keh main pata nikla”
These were the lyrics that ran through my head as I raced against the clock to find my Calculus class in the Academic block, on the first day as a freshman. 3 years later, (and I cannot believe I’m saying this but :0) I’m a senior who's done with 85ish% of my Accounting and Finance degree, a teaching assistant, an intern in a bank and the General Secretary of a society, but I will still almost always get lost in the Academic block.
A bit about me: I am the designated chai maker for my friends’ group, I have an irrational fear of cats and call me a psychopath if you want, but I like to eat my ice-cream with French fries : )
The few lessons I’ve learnt over these years are that Aadat by Atif will get you through life, a sip of chai with your friends can lighten up the worst days and that there is no cheat code to adulting.
So, class of 2025, I welcome you all aboard a cruise which will perhaps be the most beautiful journey of your life if you let it. Even though your experiences might differ from your previous batches as you begin this journey virtually but remember it’s not the screen that matters but the people behind it. You will find in your instructors, advisors, and peers the same level of support and commitment to smooth transition into the system as we had.
The academic diversity of this institute will allow you to experiment with your interests and career path, the diversity of the student body will allow you to grow as a person and the beautiful struggle of keeping it all together amidst the mayhem will help you find your true self.
So, be ready to unlearn, learn and relearn life and discover yourself in the process.
Hello class of 2024!
I'm Meher Nauman, an Accounting and Finance Junior here at LUMS. Welcome to the most exciting and challenging 4 years of your life! I am so excited to be helping you on your wonderful journey ahead. LUMS has so much to offer, both academically and otherwise. I urge you all to make the most of your time here by connecting with as many people as you can, joining societies, picking up a sport, taking courses outside of your major, exploring your interests and having lots of fun along the way. Be prepared to have some of the most difficult but also the most rewarding times of your life as you spend the next 4 years figuring out who you are and what kind of person you want to be.
Congratulations to all of you for making it here, regardless of whether LUMS was the dream or if it was Plan B. Embrace the opportunity and the new experiences with an open mind. Remember, what defines you is what you do with what you have. Believe in yourself to make it through all the challenges that LUMS throws at you, (there will be lots, believe me). But do not worry, I will be there for anything that you need every step of the way. Super excited to meet up with you guys during O-Week!
I will end with one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite movies: "There is no secret ingredient, it's just you."
Hello everyone! I am Momin, a Junior at LUMS. I want to congratulate you all for making it to LUMS, which is a dream of many students in the country! Get ready for a 4-year roller coaster ride where you will make some of the best memories of your life and grow as a person.
My LUMS journey so far has been amazing. The past two years have really changed me as an individual both personally and professionally. You get immense opportunities here which allow you to explore new things and meet new people. LUMS has given me the most wonderful set of friends who have been with me through thick and thin. The diversity which LUMS offers you, no other university does!
Personally, I like to explore different things. From playing almost every sport to taking part in society events and going on trips, I have done it all. I love playing basketball and badminton, and you will also find me randomly jamming on the khokha, playing guitar, and singing along my friends. In addition, I am a part of the LUMS Boxing Team as well as the core team of LUMUN. Along with this, I am in the founding core team of a startup named Aamdini, which is an investment agency focused on financial literacy and helping people invest their money.
I believe that every day offers you a new opportunity to learn something and grow in some way. Seeking those opportunities and taking action eventually leads you to your true purpose in life! I hope I did not bore you too much and if you have made it till here, I wish you the best of luck and I can’t wait to see you guys on campus!
Hello and Asalam-o-Alaikum Class of 2025!
Congratulations to all of you for making it to this prestigious institution. I am Muhad Mansoor, a rising senior majoring in Accounting and Finance from Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at LUMS. I am very excited to serve as your peer advisor this year as this particular position holds immense significance for me. I am sure many of you would feel a bit worried about how to manage things and so was I, back in 2018, when I first entered into LUMS. I was totally clueless on how to cope up with the increasing pressure to maintain a decent GPA while at the same time develop a strong social network and to pursue co-curricular activities side by side. Different people gave me different solutions that did not work however the advice that my peer advisor gave turned out to be the best and I still look up to his opinions on each and every academic and non-academic issue. This is exactly what this entire PASS program is about, and I cannot simply wait to interact with you all and try my level best to make your experience a lot better just like how my peer advisor made it for me.
Personally, I look forward to pursuing a career in Finance while at the same time trying out my luck with dramatics since I am highly fond of acting. While I do take my studies seriously and try my level best to achieve better results, I will not preach you guys to just focus solely on academics. Definitely, it is an integral part of your journey, and you should be serious with studies however you need to take an active part in societies, trips, sports, and socializing with people as that is what will always remain with you. During my time at LUMS, I have been an important part of LUMS Finance Society (FINTRA), LUMS Arts Society, Rizq LUMS Society and have also befriended some amazing people who are like a family now. Make sure to do the same as you will always remember the memories you create during these four years. However, I have had my fair share of struggles to reach the point where I am today and indeed this is a roller-coaster ride that you all are stepping into. Make sure to hang in there and always rise out of every failure since each setback is meant to make you rise stronger next time. I wish to be there for you guys always and to share my experiences in detail with you so that you can make better decisions for yourself.
With that being said, I hope to see you all soon, either virtually or on-campus. I, in my capacity, would try my best to make your LUMS experience a memorable one. In the end, all I will say is, Welcome Home!
Qasim Yamaan Athar
Hey guys, I’m Qasim Yamaan Athar and I’m really happy to be welcoming you all to the start of your LUMS life. From my own experience, I can tell that most of you will be feeling confused and overwhelmed, but also very excited. Four years at LUMS and especially at the Business School do seem like a daunting prospect when you’re starting off, but trust me, each of you will feel completely at home in no time at all. On top of that, me and the other peer advisors are here to make sure that this transition happens quickly and with minimal fuss.
So, a little about myself: as an Accounting and Finance Senior, I have lived through most of the ups and downs that come with this degree, and hopefully can give you all some solid pointers. Don’t worry at all about your backgrounds, academics, results, etc.. With the benefit of hindsight, I can now tell you that every freshman starts off at equal footing, and simply putting in hard work and effort will take you far beyond even your own expectations.
But studies aide, the most important advice I can give you for university is to keep your minds open to learn and change and make the most of what LUMS has to offer. This is a truly amazing place with an amazing atmosphere, culture, and people! Groom your personality and profile and become a well-rounded person. Make lasting friendships and enjoy your time here. Find out what gets you going, what motivates you, discover and hone your skills, and I can assure you, everything will suddenly feel a lot easier. Lastly, never think that you are alone at any point. Help will always be given to those at LUMS who ask for it! Good luck, and you’ve got this!
You've made it to the LUMS batch of 2025, congratulations! You're on an accelerator from here onwards, trust me, everything will go really fast. But there's no need to worry as everyone around you will be super approachable, always ready to help. My major is ACF, and I plan on pursuing a career in Finance, along the lines of FinTech and Analytics, anything that involves both problem-solving and creativity. First year is never easy, but if you crack the code early on, it unfolds well. It's all about balance and getting out of your comfort zones. Don't worry if you're a science-background student in a business school. Don't worry if you can't speak so fluently while doing cp. Don't worry if you've not figured everything out. This is the time to take your chances and give it your all. You're equally competent! Securing a good gpa is definitely important and you should aim for the DHL, but so is joining societies, working in teams, playing badminton in the sports complex, having chai at the khoka, taking pictures of the pretty skies, and cherishing everlasting friendships. LUMS will give you opportunities and experiences that will let you recognize your true self, your potential, and your aspirations. I hope I can be the mentor, the senior, the friend I needed when I was in your place. Don't hesitate to reach out to me, I, in my capacity, will try my best to easen out the process for you. Can't wait to meet you all! (even if it's virtually)
Hello everyone, welcome to the LUMS family! My peers and I will try our best to help you out with any issues or challenges that come your way. These four years will definitely be a life changing experience for you all. When I first came to LUMS, everything seemed confusing but with the right assistance I was able to get on track in a short while.
A piece of advice from my side would be to maximize from the opportunities given to you here as well as explore new avenues. Every person has their own unique experience and we’re here to facilitate you in achieving your goals. Please try out as many different courses as you can because this opportunity won’t come by again. You’ll make one of the most long-lasting friendships and wonderful memories here, enough to call this place your home at the end of these four years.
Looking forward to welcoming you all!
To the incoming batch, welcome to start of the most memorable years of your life! It’s going to be an eventful and overwhelming ride, but one that is totally worth it. As a peer advisor, I plan to make this journey of yours smooth, enjoyable, and full of growth!
A little about myself, I am currently majoring in Management Science and plan to pursue a career in Marketing. If I were to give an advice to you all, it would be to learn balancing various aspects of your life here at LUMS. Yes, your academic achievements are important, but so is joining your favorite society, making new friends at Khoka, reading your favorite book in the library, lying on the grass of cricket ground, or saying yes to new opportunities no matter how scary they seem. Learn to balance and your life at LUMS will be so much more fulfilling. Other than being on the Dean’s Honor List, I have also been a part of six societies, and recently became the Vice President one. I have handled various positions at once, whether it be being a coach, a peer advisor, a teaching assistant, or a director. And while sometimes it got a bit overwhelming, the experiences I took away from them are worth a million dollars to me.
I love LUMS like I love my home. And I hope I do my job right and introduce you to this university in the way it is supposed to be introduced, in all its beauty and challenges. This is just the beginning, cherish every moment that’s waiting for you and have faith in your capabilities. It’s okay to be confused, most of us still are. But never doubt yourself, after all, LUMS only takes in the brightest students and you are one of them.
Hello everyone! I am Sarah Aziz, currently a junior majoring in Management Science. I am a big foodie who loves Chop Chop’s chicken chilli dry and Jammin’s chick n chips! I also enjoy cooking as much as I enjoy eating. Other than that, I really like dancing and acting. Performing on stage gives me great joy and pleasure.
I would like to begin by congratulating you all for making it to one of the most prestigious institutes in Pakistan. You all should be really proud of yourself, so give yourself a pat on the back!
Online learning has been hard for all of us, but my time at LUMS has been amazing so far. I have had the chance to be a part of different societies, work at various NGO’s and also do some internships. All of this has really shaped my journey at LUMS and has helped me to grow into a well-rounded person. Now that you are here, you will come across many opportunities: so many societies to choose from, different courses to pick, various learning programs and exchange opportunities. My advice to you would be to find the right balance between everything; get your hands on new experiences, try out different things, make lots of friends and more importantly, make lots of memories. But in the process, do not compromise on your mental health and always take out time for yourself. Other than that, I am always here if you need any help, so do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone else! Good luck, you got this!
Hello everyone! Welcome to “home away from home.” Yes, I know this sounds cliché, but once you start this journey, you will realize that Lums will be as comforting as your home is only if you let loose and open yourself to amazing opportunities lying ahead.
I am Simrah Zafar, and I’m a Management Science senior. During my first year at Lums, all I wanted was to be on Dean’s List, so I confined myself to my room, classes, and library, but despite all the hard work, I couldn’t make it. This was very disheartening for a person like me who always excelled in academics. However, I soon realized that I need to be stronger, pick myself again, learn to approach things differently, be patient, and have faith in my abilities. We are often too hard on ourselves that we forget to live our lives, and most importantly, we forget to trust our efforts. In Lums, you will come across many situations where you will need to let go of some things and accept reality as it is. At that point, you will need someone with experience to guide and console you, so never shy away to ask for help, step out of your comfort zone, and don’t let failure bog you down. Trust me, you can achieve anything in life if you try to strike the delicate balance between complacency and the drive to grow, and you can only achieve this balance if you learn to say “yes” to the right things and “no” to the wrong ones.
People will tell you to stop worrying, but the reality is that you will always be worrying about one thing or another at Lums. Be it enrolment, societies, CP, internships, graduation requirements, etc. Just give your best, and you will come out of every situation like a champion. Try to explore Lums as much as you can during your 4/5 years at Lums, from evening chai breaks at Khokha to long walks in the cricket ground under a starry night. Lastly, make sure when you graduate, you have everything on your plate except for “regret.” Looking forward to seeing you all soon!! Good luck, you got this!
Congratulations Batch of 2025!
I warmly welcome you all to LUMS. As you step foot into this new phase of your life, there will be all sorts of emotions ranging from excitement and optimism, to nervousness and disappointments. There will be moments when you will find yourself filled with doubts and questions. But do not feel overwhelmed, we, as peer advisor, are here to help you navigate through the issues you face as you transition into a new phase. I assure you everything will eventually fall right into place.
As far as my introduction is concerned, I am Sofia Ahmed, a Management Science junior at SDSB. Personally, I love volunteering, exploring new places and spending time outdoors because doing so liberates my soul. If I'm able to use my experiences to help you, I will leave believing I did justice to my role.
LUMS is an incredibly diverse institute in terms of the opportunities it has to offer. Societies at LUMS are a great way to channel not only your personal growth, but also to make lifelong friendships. I have consistently worked to balance my academics with extra-curricular and other activities. I hold the position of Director in the LUMS Community Service Society (LCSS). Dedicating myself to such endeavors and interacting with people from around Pakistan instilled empathy within me; stimulating growth, learning, leadership, and teamwork. LCSS gave me moments of utmost joy, which I can cherish my whole life. The best piece of advice I can offer is to never be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zones. Embrace everything that comes your way, for this plethora of experiences entails vast learning. Focus on personal development and try to become a well-rounded person.
At LUMS, you will go through both immensely difficult and truly rewarding times. The key is to never give up. By simply putting in the required hard work and effort, you will make it far beyond even your own expectations. Remember to be both patient and encouraging to yourself. And never shy away from reaching out for help, chances are that someone has already been through something similar. Lastly, have faith in yourself, and most importantly, make your experience a memorable one!
Can’t wait to see you all very soon.
Syed Muhammad Taha Hasnain
Hello Everyone, I’m Taha Abidi! I’m a Management Science Senior at LUMS. As your Peer Advisor, I would like to congratulate you all for making it into LUMS and we all are delighted to welcome you in this new journey. To start with, when I came to LUMS I was excited but anxious at the same time as I came in with a lot of expectations. Three years down the lane, I can assure you it exceeded every bit of it.
The best part about LUMS is that it helps you nurture and transform you into a holistic person. By competing with the best minds of this country, to exploring different side of your personality by engaging in various activities that you are shy to pursue otherwise, LUMS truly transforms you. Apart from this, LUMS taught me the spirit of “Never Giving Up.” When you are part of LUMS, it means you have something special in you which always motivates you. Any downfall doesn’t mean that you are a failure but that you haven’t been up to your full potential.
In the end, I would say that try to be open and experiment every exposure that LUMS has to offer and don’t shy away from any challenges as these will make you a stronger individual. Try to find a balance between your academic and social life as this is a must for smooth transitioning into LUMS. Last but not the least, don’t consider me your Peer Advisor (PAL) but instead as a friend or an elder whom you can ask and share anything you want without any hesitation. Wish you all the best!
Hello guys! I am extremely delighted to welcome you to what I hope will be the most fruitful and joyful of all endeavors that you have embarked on. I am currently pursuing a degree in Management Science while making the most of my free electives, taking courses in subjects I've always yearned to study (Psychology, Anthropology, Religion, etc.). Moreover, owing to my new-found professional interest in Marketing,
I aim for an (unofficial) minor in the field.
Apart from binge-watching sitcoms and devouring delicious food, you'll find me ranting about the workload to my friends or procrastinating like a pro. I'm currently serving in the Directorate of two societies, which have become quite wholesome experiences. Furthermore, I take pride in all the hacks and tricks I have acquired to smart study and multitask my way through university life. And of course, I hope to pass these uni-essential skills to you all!
Lastly, my only advice to each one of you would be to make the most of your time at LUMS; do as much as you can and enjoy every bit of it!
No regrets or what-ifs by the time you graduate!
I would like to welcome all of you into a place which now feels like home. I hope we will be able to meet in LUMS surrounded by red buildings rather than online. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of you for being able to make it into one of the most prestigious universities in Pakistan. You all should be extremely proud of yourselves!!
As for me, I am Zarah, and I will be your go to person for not only academic advice but for anything that concerns you. Come to me whenever you need a person to rant, discuss things with even if they do not limit themselves to academics or just need advice regarding where to order food from. I assure you I will be there as a friend listening to you and advising you to the best of my abilities.
I am sure most of you would be currently feeling anxious and excited about stepping into a foreign place. I remember I felt these same emotions as I left my home in Karachi. LUMS has a way of creeping its way into your heart whether it is by the people that you meet, the societies that you join, the time you spend alone gazing at the sky in the cricket ground or having a cup of chai with your friends at the Khokha.
Take this opportunity to grow as a person and to pursue things that you would have initially been afraid of. Go join societies that interest you, take the courses which intrigue you even though they are not part of your major, talk to random people, go on trips with your friends. Do everything that your heart desires. As cliché as it is “The sky is your limit!” But do not forget to step back and evaluate yourself as you make sure that you balance your academics while enjoying yourself.
Wishing you the best of luck right now and for the next four years!!
Khan and brought up in Lahore - The city of Lights! I welcome all the incoming freshmen at Suleman Dawood School of Business and congratulate them for making it to one of the best business schools Pakistan has to offer. SDSB and LUMS offer a dynamic experience which is most certainly going to improve your mental, emotional, professional, and social stability.
I learned a lot from my transition from a care-free college life at Government College, Lahore to a competitive and diverse institute such as LUMS. The diversity which LUMS offers sets it apart because it effectively teaches students to learn to work with individuals from different backgrounds and work ethics and still bring out the best for everyone.
My experience at the LUMS Consultancy Group has groomed my professional proficiencies massively. Working with real-life clients and sitting together with a team of motivated individuals to solve their problem has truly shown me my potential and the fact that there always more to learn!
Lastly, I am a huge music enthusiast and play guitars as well in band. My influences are mostly 60s to 90s progressive rock and metal bands. I believe that 'All work and no play make Jack a dull boy" and this primarily why I urge you people to explore more than 50 societies and co-curricular activities as they are an important aspect of life.
I wish you all the best of luck for your future endeavors.