It’s back to school season, and beyond getting awesome deals on office supplies, this means that Beloit College’s Mindset List is live online. The Mindset List started at Beloit as a tool for professors to understand what kinds of experiences first year students have had, and which pop culture references would or wouldn’t be useful in the classroom. Since its inception in 1998, it has become a national tool for making people feel old.
A few paraphrased samples from this year’s list:
+These students have never made their Christmas list from the Sears Big Book, which was retired in 1993, the year most of this year’s freshman were born.
+Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, Donnie, and Danny haven’t performed as New Kids on the Block since they’ve been born, but they have gone on as NKOTB.
+References to “Amazon” are more frequently about online shopping than a river in South America.
Video games have always carried an ESRB rating.
+If Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson had a baby, s/he would be starting college this month.
+Speaking of “s/he,” to this year’s freshman class, PC has always meant “personal computer,” not “politically correct.”
If you’re feeling nostalgic, take a look at the archives. My favorites from my class’ list: Pete Rose has always been a gambler, Strawberry Fields has always been in New York, and most students can sing the theme songs from the Fresh Prince and/or Duck Tales.
Find the full lists from 2002-2015 here, and share your comments below.