Feeling young and sprightly? If you do and you're well out of college, you may want to review Beloit's annual College Mindset List. Recently released was the Class of 2011 mindset list. It puts into perspective how the world is different for young adults today.
I appreciate this list because it doesn't simply list what happened the year that this group of college freshmen were born. Anyone who has read a "year you were born" list knows that they are essentially useless because you don't remember anything that happened when you were 0 years old. This list shows you what kids may not be aware of and even how they might view things differently than older generations. For instance, what do you think of when you hear "Tiananmen Square"? Most college freshmen think of it only as an upcoming Olympic venue.
Here are 15 selections from this year's 2011 Mindset List. In all, there are 70 items, so check out Beloit's annual College Mindset List for the complete list.
Class of 2011:
- What Berlin wall?
- Humvees, minus the artillery, have always been available to the public.
- They have grown up with bottled water.
- Russia has always had a multi-party political system.
- No one has ever been able to sit down comfortably to a meal of “liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
- Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears and has always employed more workers than GM.
- Al Gore has always been running for president or thinking about it.
- Stadiums, rock tours and sporting events have always had corporate names.
- High definition television has always been available.
- Tiananmen Square is a 2008 Olympics venue, not the scene of a massacre.
- MTV has never featured music videos.
- Jerry Springer has always been lowering the level of discourse on TV.
- They never saw Johnny Carson live on television.
- The World Wide Web has been an online tool since they were born.
- Food packaging has always included nutritional labeling.
Here are 15 additional entries for the Class of 2010, in case you're wondering about the current sophomores:
Class of 2010:
- The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
- They have known only two presidents.
- There has always been only one Germany.
- A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary was to their parents'.
- "Google" has always been a verb.
- Milli Vanilli has never had anything to say.
- There has never been a "skyhook" in the NBA.
- Carbon copies are oddities found in their grandparents' attics.
- Reality shows have always been on television.
- They have no idea why we needed to ask "…can we all get along?"
- They have always known that "In the criminal justice system the people have been represented by two separate yet equally important groups."
- They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television.
- They are not aware that "flock of seagulls hair" has nothing to do with birds flying into it.
- Disneyland has always been in Europe and Asia.
- Television stations have never concluded the broadcast day with the national anthem.
Craving more? Read about the Class of 2009 Mindset List and a summary of the Mindset Lists for the Classes of 2002 through 2008.