The Mindset of the Class of 2016

The annual “Mindset List” of  Beloit College is always an interesting way to understand the world of this year’s new students.  Some of the items on this year’s list include”

• For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.

• Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”

• If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.

• Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.

• They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”

• They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”

• The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.

• For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department.

• They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.

• There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles.

• A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.

• Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.

• They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.

• Billy Graham is as familiar to them as Otto Graham was to their parents.

• Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends.

• Before they purchase an assigned textbook, they will investigate whether it is available for rent or purchase as an e-book.

• NBC has never shown A Wonderful Life more than twice during the holidays.

• They know many established film stars by their voices on computer-animated blockbusters.

• They watch television everywhere but on a television.

• Astronauts have always spent well over a year in a single space flight.

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