It’s that time of year again! The folks at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin have released the 2006 version of the Mindset List for the Class of 2010. The college has been doing this since 1998, as a way to help their faculty and staff understand the mindset of their incoming students.
A rite of autumn is under way with the arrival of first-year students at thousands of colleges and universities for registration. Most 18-year-old students entering the class of 2010 this fall were born in 1988. They grew up with a mouse in one hand and a computer screen as part of their worldview. They learned to surf the internet as they learned to read. While they were still in their cribs, the 20th century started to close as the Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet bloc disintegrated, and frequent traditional wars in Latin America gave way to the uncontrolled terrors of the Middle East.
The list is fun to read if you’re (ahem) a bit older than the incoming freshmen, and really does give an insight as to why they view the world so differently. There are 75 points; here are the first ten:
1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
2. They have only known two Presidents.
3. For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
4. Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.
5. They have grown up getting lost in “big boxes.”
6. There has always been only one Germany.
7. They have never heard anyone actually “ring it up” on a cash register.
8. They are wireless, yet always connected.
9. A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary is to their parents’.
10. Thanks to pervasive headphones in the back seat, parents have always been able to speak freely in front.
Take a look!