Recent Reads – College Mindset List!

Each year Beloit College releases a “mindset list“.  The goal is to provide “a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall”.

I love reading this list each year as it provides a window into the world incoming freshman have grown up in.  Some of my favorites from this year include (anything after a dash is my own brief comments):

1. There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway. – Remember a time before the Internet?  These kids don’t.

9. “Don’t touch that dial!”….what dial? – Haha.

15. O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. – I remember sitting in school watching the verdict of the OJ trial on television.  College freshman were not even born yet!

20. Life has always been like a box of chocolates. – I wonder if these kids have seen Forest Gump?

37. Music has always been available via free downloads. – So why buy CDs?  And what’s a cassette?

56. They’ve always wanted to be like Shaq or Kobe: Michael Who?

60. Frasier, Sam, Woody and Rebecca have never Cheerfully frequented a bar in Boston during primetime.

61. Major League Baseball has never had fewer than three divisions and never lacked a wild card entry in the playoffs.

The world is always changing and I think this list is a must read for those who work with college students.

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