Happy September! Labor Day has come and gone. The days are getting a little shorter, a little cooler and school is back in session. Which means it is time once again to be reminded of old I am getting, It is time for the annual “Mindset List” that notes events that have shaped the incoming freshman class, the class of 2023. The list has a new home this year with Marist College and the full list can be found at https://www.marist.edu/mindset-list. Most of the incoming freshman this year were born in 2001 which right there makes me feel old, these kids were not even born in the same millennium that I was. I took a tour through the list and here are my twenty favorite items.
- Like Pearl Harbor for their grandparents, and the Kennedy assassination for their parents, 9/11 is an historical event.
- Thumb, jump, and USB flash drives have always pushed floppy disks further into history.
- The primary use of a phone has always been to take pictures.
- The Tech Big Four–Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google — are to them what the Big Three automakers were to their grandparents.
- They have outlived iTunes.
- The Mars Odyssey has always been checking out the water supply for their future visits to Mars.
- Snapchat has become their social media app of choice, thus relieving them of the dilemma of whether or not to friend Mom.
- PayPal has always been an online option for purchasers.
- Segways have always been trying to revolutionize the way people move.
- Apple iPods have always been nostalgic.
- Quarterback Troy Aikman has always called the plays live from the press booth.
- Except for when he celebrated Jeopardy’s 35th anniversary, Alex Trebek has never had a mustache.
- They have grown up with Big Data and ubiquitous algorithms that know what they want before they do.
- Most of them will rent, not buy, their textbooks.
- Their grandparents’ classic comics have evolved into graphic novels.
- Pittsburgh’s Steelers and Pirates have never played at Three Rivers Stadium.
- Blackboards have never been dumb.
- Cal Ripken, Jr., has always been retired.
- Teams have always been engaged in an Amazing Race around the world.
- Coke and Pepsi have always been competing in the sports hydration science marketplace.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ~ Margaret Mead