With several of our families bidding farewell to their college students for the first time, I thought it might be interesting to view the “Mindset List” released each year by Beloit University. It is educational to get a little insight into the minds of our current college community. I will caution you however: It will make you feel old! This is a selection of the fifty items listed on the website (https://beloit.edu/mindset/2019).
From the website:
Students heading into their first year of college this year are mostly 18 and were born in 1997. Among those who have never been alive in their lifetimes are Princess Diana, Notorious B.I.G., Jacques Cousteau, and Mother Teresa. Joining them in the world the year they were born were Dolly the sheep, The McCaughey septuplets, and Michael “Prince” Jackson Jr.
Since they have been on the planet:
- Hybrid automobiles have always been mass produced.
- Google has always been there, in its founding words, “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible.”
- They have never licked a postage stamp.
- Email has become the new “formal” communication, while texts and tweets remain enclaves for the casual.
- Four foul-mouthed kids have always been playing in South Park.
- They have grown up treating Wi-Fi as an entitlement.
- The announcement of someone being the “first woman” to hold a position has only impressed their parents.
- Charlton Heston is recognized for waving a rifle over his head as much as for waving his staff over the Red Sea.
- Cell phones have become so ubiquitous in class that teachers don’t know which students are using them to take notes and which ones are planning a party.
- If you say “around the turn of the century,” they may well ask you, “which one?”
- They have avidly joined Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione as they built their reading skills through all seven volumes.
- Attempts at human cloning have never been federally funded but do require FDA approval.
- The therapeutic use of marijuana has always been legal in a growing number of American states.
- Teachers have always had to insist that term papers employ sources in addition to those found online.
- The Lion King has always been on Broadway.
- At least Mom and Dad had their new Nintendo 64 to help them get through long nights sitting up with the baby.
- First Responders have always been heroes.
- Splenda has always been a sweet option in the U.S.
- The Atlanta Braves have always played at Turner Field.
- The proud parents recorded their first steps on camcorders, mounted on their shoulders like bazookas.
Here is the most important “mindset” of all, however: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:1)