They were born in the headwaters of amazon.com, LBJ is more likely to mean LeBron James than Lyndon Baines Johnson to them, and they’ve always gone to school with Mohammed and Jesus. They are members of the class of 2015, and their Mindset List is newly catalogued by Beloit College. The list, brainchild of a college public relations exec and a Humanities professor, contains 75 key beliefs, facts, historical realities and yadda, yadda, yadda, (as kids nowadays might say) about the shared cultural experiences of this year’s college freshmen. Beloit has been doing this since 1998 and maintains an archived webpage with lists from prior years.
Here’s a sampling (the order seems random):
- There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.
- Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
- States and Velcro parents have always been requiring that they wear their bike helmets.
- The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
- There have always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.
- They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.
- As they’ve grown up on websites and cell phones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.
- Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
- “Don’t touch that dial!”….what dial?
- American tax forms have always been available in Spanish.
To see the entire list (and prior years’ lists), click here.