Khushbakht Sohail - ISC-Lahore « Success Stories
As a global school management organization, SABIS® operates Pre-K and K-12 schools in 15 countries on four continents. The schools, which are designed to provide a high-quality education for all students, are found in both the private and public arenas and serve thousands of students worldwide.
A member of the SABIS® School Network, the International School of Choueifat-Lahore (ISC-Lahore) opened its doors on September 15, 1992. Today, the school is recognized as a provider of high-quality education and boasts an enrollment of just over 1,000 students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.
This is a story of a student who, through SABIS®, discovered herself, her place, and her purpose in life.
As someone who has lived in 37 different places and attended 26 different schools spanning three countries on two continents, Khushbakht Sohail had long considered herself as "the girl from nowhere".
With a sense of disconnectedness and numbness towards life, Khushbakht embarked on what she now calls "the biggest move of my life". That occurred when she moved from the U.S. to Pakistan and joined ISC-Lahore as a 10th grade student in 2007.
"Pakistan was different. It was unexpectedly the best and worst place I have ever lived in," commented Khushbakht. Her parents’ homeland eventually became her own. "In the country of my forefathers, I found out who I was, who I am, and who I wanted to be." Khushbakht recalls her first few months as being tough but says that everything dramatically changed for the better as a result of attending ISC-Lahore.
Commenting on the positive experiences at the school, Khushbakht said, "I went to ISC-Lahore as an angry, hurt, defensive teenager. I emerged as a fairly well-balanced, happy, young adult with numerous friends…It is at ISC-Lahore that I found real acceptance. It is at ISC-Lahore that I found an odd sense of belonging." She continued, "ISC-Lahore has given me confidence. ISC-Lahore has given me someplace to call my own, somewhere to belong. ISC-Lahore has given me a family I can count on."
Khushbakht’s new sense of connectedness allowed her to open up and, for the first time, become involved in school activities. "I have been greatly involved with the SLO™. I was an active senior prefect of the Activities Department and also worked on the school newsletter in Grade 10. In addition, I was a Shadow Teacher® for biology, history, and English during all three terms of 10th grade. And I peer tutored at least once a week!" Khushbakht explained.
Demonstrating Khushbakht’s impressive transformation into a secure, strong, and active individual, she was chosen to lead SLO™ by her senior year. "I was the head of the SLO™ during 12th grade," said Khushbakht. Commenting on the role she played as SLO™ Head Prefect, she added, "In addition to arranging many events, I took the initiative to organize a flood relief campaign, where we raised over 1 million Indian rupees ($22,300 USD) for the flood victims in Pakistan."
Today, as she prepares for college in fall 2011, Khushbakht feels ready for the challenges that lie ahead due to her involvement at ISC-Lahore. "Despite moving around so much, after the opportunities ISC-Lahore presented me with, especially the Student Life Organization, I am better equipped to pursue my dreams after high school because I now believe in myself."
With Khushbakht’s strong leadership skills and solid academic foundation provided by ISC-Lahore, she recently secured admission to several prestigious institutions, including Boston University, New York University, and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She has chosen to attend LUMS and plans to study political science or humanities.