Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mindset of the Class of 2010

Every year Beloit College does a "Mindset" analysis of the students entering college this year. I always get a kick out of it. Members of the class of 2010, entering college this fall, were mostly born in 1988. For them: Billy Carter, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Billy Martin, Andy Gibb, and Secretariat have always been dead.

Here is the top ten of seventy-five items listed on the, BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST® FOR THE CLASS OF 2010
  1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
  2. They have known only two presidents.
  3. For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
  4. Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.
  5. They have grown up getting lost in "big boxes."
  6. There has always been only one Germany.
  7. They have never heard anyone actually "ring it up" on a cash register.
  8. They are wireless, yet always connected.
  9. A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary was to their parents'.
  10. Thanks to pervasive headphones in the back seat, parents have always been able to speak freely in the front.
Anyone else feeling a little old?

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