Each fall, Beliot College releases its Mindset List. This list provides reminders, culturally, to what the incoming freshmen class have experienced in their lives. It is a wonderful reminder of how things have continued to change. You can access the full list at http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2015/, but here are the handful of my favorites from their list of 75 items:
The Mindset List for the Class of 2015
Andre the Giant, River Phoenix, Frank Zappa, Arthur Ashe and the Commodore 64 have always been dead.
- Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
- The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
- Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
- Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
- The Communist Party has never been the official political party in Russia.
- Dial-up is soooooooooo last century!
- They’ve often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.
- Altar girls have never been a big deal.
- Refugees and prisoners have always been housed by the U.S. government at Guantanamo.
- The New York Times and the Boston Globe have never been rival newspapers.
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