Most freshmen entering college this fall were born in 1991 and the Beloit College Mindset List shows current events are a blast from the past. Ron Nief, co-creator of the list, gets a feeling of deja vu as headlines back then talked of financial bailouts, government interventions, unemployment and the Tonight Show getting a new host.
The list showcases the cultural touchstones and changes in society with each new year. Today’s 18-year-olds have never used a card catalog to find a book, Agent Starling has always feared the “Silence of the Lambs” and Mike Tyson has always been a felon. Additionally bungee jumping has always been socially acceptable and their folks could’ve always reached for a Zoloft if the kids decided to try the sport.
This is the 12th year the mindset list has been published.
Contributed by Beth Wheelock-WCLO