A New Mindset – Welcome Class of 2016
Entering college in the fall of 2009, I walked on campus with a certain mindset and world view that most of my peers shared. Television had always been in color, In-N-Out burger had always reigned supreme, and any conversation concerning Bill Clinton probably drifted more towards Monica Lewnisky than any of his politcal achievements.
While America’s older generation remembers the anitquated days of watching TV in black and white and listening to one radio station, the young generation does not. The point is that every freshmen class enters college with a distinct world view. And, interestingly enough, we can get a solid grasp on the world view of each class thanks to the “Mindset List.”
“This year’s entering college class of 2016 was born into cyberspace and they have therefore measured their output in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.”
Every year since 1998, Beloit College professors Ron Neif and Tom McBride have nonscientfically compiled a list of 75 references that show how the incoming freshmen class views the world. The list is supposed to serve as a reminder for university professors on the typical mindset of a freshman.
Born in 1994, the class of 2016 has a mindset dominated by electronics and cyberspace. The class is also much more aware of America’s major problems–high unemployment and a huge fiscal deficit. Also, the class is accustomed to women holding prominent positions in government and business.
Reading some of the highlights are no brainers, but some really make you scratch your head.
The complete list: http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/
“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.”
“Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.”
“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.”
“On TV and in films, the ditzy dumb blonde female generally has been replaced by a couple of Dumb and Dumber males.”
“Having made the acquaintance of Furby at an early age, they have expected their toy friends to do ever more unpredictable things.”
“They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber and Dakota Fanning at freshmen orientation.”
“There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles.”
“A significant portion of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.”
“NBC has never shown It’s A Wonderful Life more than twice during the holidays.”