This year’s incoming class of college freshman have grown up always being able to download music on the internet, have never known the Communist Party to be an official political party in Russia, and are the first generation to have grown up with the fear of catching a dangerous virus from mosquitoes and birds. Any one of these kids could be the progeny of, what would undoubtedly be the coolest parents on the block, Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson, for crying out loud!
Every year Beloit College releases a “Mindset List” that reflects the world view of their incoming class of freshmen and to help faculty understand where the “kids these days” are culturally coming from. Considering how completely our lives have changed since the introduction of the internet and that the Class of 2015 (most were born in 1993) has spent their entire lives embracing the Information Highway, the generational gap seems wider than ever. Which makes the list both startling, funny, and nostalgia-inducing to the extreme.
Here are some highlights from the list:
“Yadda, yadda, yadda” has always come in handy to make long stories short.
Unlike their older siblings, they spent bedtime on their backs until they learned to roll over.
“Don’t touch that dial!”….what dial?
They think LBJ stands for LeBron James.
Life has always been like a box of chocolates.
They won’t go near retailers that don’t have a website.
Women have never been too old to have children.
Video games have always had ratings.
Charter schools have always been an alternative.
They’re the first generation to grow up hearing about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics.
They’ve always wanted to be like Shaq or Kobe: Michael Who?
Frasier, Sam, Woody and Rebecca have never Cheerfully frequented a bar in Boston during primetime.
You can find the full list of 75 mindsets here.
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