I love reading the Beloit College Mindset list each year. It gives us a window into the world of students entering college, a world that is viewed quite differently from those of us who have been around this planet a bit longer.
Here are some of my favorites from this year’s list, for the class of 2016. But you can read the whole thing if you want.
3. 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.
5. If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.
6. Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds
7. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
8. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge
9. They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
15. Having grown up with MP3s and iPods, they never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all.
29. They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as “tapes.”
34 Billy Graham is as familiar to them as Otto Graham was to their parents.
35. Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends.
43. They were too young to enjoy the 1994 World Series, but then no one else got to enjoy it either
55. Mr. Burns has replaced J.R.Ewing as the most shot-at man on American television.
68. They watch television everywhere but on a television.
73. Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive baseball games played has never stood in their lifetimes.
As always, a fantastic list.