What's on the mind of Life in Perspective members.
A 'GLEE'-FUL EXPERIENCE: When the Season 3 finale of "Glee" aired in May, many were left wondering if the show would ever be the same after some of its beloved characters graduated from high school. When Season 4 began in the fall, the format of the show had shifted. Half the show was about the remaining and new members of McKinley High's glee club, while the other part followed Rachel and Kurt's adventures in New York.
Although "Glee," has lost viewers, I remain a faithful Gleek. Somehow the story lines always come together, and the happy endings are inspiring. I still watch "Glee" because I care about the old characters and their fates.
Of course, the music also holds a certain charm. It's a backdrop to the lives of the characters, and the ingenious scriptwriters prove that there is a song for every situation. "Glee" blends hip, popular songs with golden oldies. I get a warm, fuzzy feeling every time I hear a song I know. I find myself singing along to Psy's "Gangnam Style" or One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." "Glee" gives music a context and a meaning, and it teaches our beat-obsessed generation to appreciate the lyrics of a song.
Maybe it's the allusions or the esoteric humor. Maybe it's the advertisements geared specifically toward music lovers (I saw my first "Les Miserables" trailer during "Glee." Coincidence?). Maybe I'm still watching because it's a part of me now. I am so used to sitting down every busy Thursday and winding up homework during the breaks that I feel like I am taking a well-deserved break. It's a once-a-week dose of satire and humor. With its strong pathos, "Glee" delivers catharsis.
-- Garima Raheja, American High School (Fremont)
WEDGED IN: Lately, I can't help noticing the occasional person waltzing by in strange-looking sneakers. After seeing these shoes a couple of times, I recalled something my fashion-loving best friend had said. This past summer, while shopping, she mentioned that she'd bought a new pair of shoes called sneaker wedges -- trendy heels disguised as ordinary sneakers. Declared by Teen Vogue as "school-inspired kicks that don't sacrifice your height or your style," these shoes are drawing many girls for their casual coolness and easy pairing. My friend says they're relatively comfy, but since they are still heels, your feet will hurt if you wear them for more than three to four hours. I don't advise taking them on your next hike.
-- Lauren Kam, home-schooled (Burlingame)
LUCKY CHARMS: When it comes to important tests, contests and other stressful situations, everyone has a different way to cope with the pressure. At my school, I've seen lucky rings, necklaces, and even special test-day diets (almonds to boost your brainpower, anyone?).
I spent ninth grade convinced that wearing a pair of "lucky" earrings on test days helped me think better. That was after my grandmother told me that wearing earrings presses a nerve in the ear that stimulates the brain.
I talked to students just before finals about what things they use to help them feel secure. I got answers that ranged from pillows to lucky wallets. One of my biology classmates told me her heels give her confidence because they make her feel like "like no one can ruin (her) day."
Whether drinking five cups of coffee the night before an exam physically boosts your brainpower is up for debate, but if it makes you feel smarter, you might stand a better chance of acing the test. Lucky charms only work because you think they work. By believing that a special item gives you an advantage, you raise your chances of performing at your best.
So next time I have a big test, I might just wear those lucky earrings. Who knows? Maybe my increased confidence will be the difference between an A and an A-plus.
-- Tara Iyer, Evergreen Valley High School (San Jose)
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