By: Kayla Stephensen
Glee may have come out nearly a decade ago, but the lessons in even the first few episodes are vital. I remember when my older brother left high school, he wrote me a warning letter for high school. He wasn’t sure going in if high school would be more like Glee or High School Musical. Upon his departure, he affirms it’s more like Glee. The show talks about issues every high schooler goes through, perhaps in an extreme, but still valid, way. The members of William McKinley High School glee club struggle with wanting to express themselves, not wanting to be bullied by the football players, and feeling pressured by peers to go one way or another in relationships. Glee teaches you to follow your dreams and be different because that is where true fun and life can be found.
Mr. Schuester finally does what he loves as he tries to make money for his incoming family. He contemplates quitting teaching to bring in more money but decides to stay. He chose to set the example for his “kid on the way” that doing what he loves is more important than money. He then makes his own “Acafellas” group and goes for his dream that he never before had the guts to try. This action inspires even his dad, who decides to go back to law school.
Finn, the star quarterback with the hot, cliché, cheerleader girlfriend feels pressured to lead the bullying and stay in the box his teammates expect him to. He has a talent for singing and Mr. Schuester gets him to join Glee, where Finn enjoys expressing himself.
Kurt, the fashionable, go-to loser, finds friends and comfort in expressing his homosexuality to those in the Glee club while diva Rachel Berry searches for stardom.