Today’s College Freshmen

Welcome to the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year as summer ends and classes begin again.

Each fall semester, Beloit College publishes “The Mindset List,” a humorous attempt to capture the attitudes and experiences of incoming college freshmen students.

Here are a few of the descriptions of today’s college freshmen:

  • There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.
  • Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
  • Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
  • Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you’re talking about LeBron James.
  • We have never asked, and they have never had to tell.
  • There has never been an official Communist Party in Russia.
  • Video games have always had ratings.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show has always been available on TV.
  • Jimmy Carter has always been a smiling elderly man who shows up on TV to promote fair elections and disaster relief.
  • Women have always been kissing women on television.
  • Music has always been available via free downloads.
  • Sears has never sold anything out of a Big Book that could also serve as a doorstop.
  • No state has ever failed to observe Martin Luther King Day.
  • Public schools have always made space available for advertising.
  • They’ve often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.
  • Andy Warhol is a museum in Pittsburgh.

“The Mindset List” is available at Beloit College’s website.

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