Labor Day has come and gone and school is back in session. In the annual effort to remind me how old I am getting, Beloit College has published the “Mindset List” noting events that have shaped the incoming freshman class, the class of 2022. Most of the incoming freshman this year were born in 2000. Here are some of my favorite items from this years list.
For the full list visit http://www.beloit.edu/mindset
They’ve grown up with stories about where their grandparents were on 11/22/63 and where their parents were on 9/11.
Investigative specials examining the O.J. Simpson case have been on TV annually since their birth.
They never used a spit bowl in a dentist’s office.
There has never been an Enron.
They have always been able to refer to Wikipedia.
“You’ve got mail” would sound as ancient to them as “number, please” would have sounded to their parents.
A visit to a bank has been a rare event.
Xlerators have always been drying hands in 15 seconds with a roar.
Chernobyl has never produced any power in their lifetimes.
Donny and Marie who?
They never tasted Pepsi Twist in the U.S.
Films have always been distributed on the Internet.
The detachable computer mouse is almost extinct.
The Mir space station has always been at the bottom of the South Pacific.
King Friday the 13th and Lady Elaine Fairchild have always dwelled in the Neighborhood, but only in re-runs.
Thought for the Week
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. ~Golda Meir