Tuesday, August 19, 2008

College Freshman: Class of 2012

Beloit College Mindset List: 2012

Each August for the past 11 years, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. It is a reminder of the rapidly changing frame of reference for this new generation.

This month, almost 2 million first-year students will head off to college campuses around the country. Students entering college for the first time this fall were generally born in 1990.

The Mindset List is not a chronological listing of things that happened in 1990, the year they were born. It is instead an effort to identify the worldview of 18 year-olds in the fall of 2008. The list identifies the experiences and event horizons of students and is not meant to reflect on their preparatory education.

For these students, Sammy Davis Jr., Jim Henson, Ryan White, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddy Krueger have always been dead.

First 10 of 60:
~ Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team.
~ Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties.
~ They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego.
~ GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
~ Coke and Pepsi have always used recycled plastic bottles.
~ Shampoo and conditioner have always been available in the same bottle.
~ Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
~ Their parents may have dropped them in shock when they heard George Bush announce “tax revenue increases.”
~ Electronic filing of tax returns has always been an option.
~ Girls in head scarves have always been part of the school fashion scene.

Check out the complete lists for 2012 - 2002 @ Beliot College

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