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.