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The Times They Are a-Changin’: Beloit College Releases its Annual Mindset List for the Class of 2014

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August 23, 2010 08:06 pm


Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. It was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references, and quickly became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation. See a few items from this year’s list below.

  • Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
  • Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
  • Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
  • They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.
  • John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.

To read the full list, visit Can you think of anything they missed?


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