-- Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College
Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape
the lives of students entering college each fall. It was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated
references, but it quickly became an internationally monitored catalog of
the changing worldview of each new college generation.
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.
9. They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
13. They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
20. Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe
malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends.
27. Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for “save,” a telephone for
“phone,” and a snail mail envelope for “mail” have oddly decorated their
tablets and smart phone screens.
47. Before they purchase an assigned textbook, they will investigate whether it is available for rent or purchase as an e-book.
71. Despite being preferred urban gathering places, two-thirds of the
independent bookstores in the United States have closed for good during