Beloit College Mindset List Released

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, 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.

  1. Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
  2. The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
  3. Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
  4. Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
  5. The Communist Party has never been the official political party in Russia.
  6. Dial-up is soooooooooo last century!
  7. They’ve often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.
  8. Altar girls have never been a big deal.
  9. Refugees and prisoners have always been housed by the U.S. government at Guantanamo.
  10. The New York Times and the Boston Globe have never been rival newspapers.

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