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Beloit College releases annual Mindset List about incoming freshmen

August 18, 2009

The 18-year-olds entering college this fall were born in 1991, and have lived their entire lives with Iraq as an enemy.

Most freshmen have grown up in a world where women have always outnumbered men in college. Their world has always had chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, Planet Hollywood, and the Cartoon Network.

These cultural touchstones, part of the annual Beloit College Mindset List, aim to remind adults that the incoming crop of freshmen brings to classrooms a very different frame of reference than their professors and parents.

Other items on the list for the Class of 2013:

  • They have never used a card catalog to find a book.
  • There have always been flat screen televisions.
  • State abbreviations in addresses have never had periods.
  • Babies have always had a Social Security Number.

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