Beloit College releases Mindset List for class of 2022
BELOIT, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Beloit College has released its annual "Mindset List," the list that tries to let us see the world the way an 18-year-old incoming college freshman sees the world.
"9/11 is something they have no memory of whatsoever. You and I can remember when people traveled in space, but they didn't live in space. For them, they've always lived in space," said Beloit College Professor Emeritus Tom McBride.
Professor McBride is one of the authors of the Mindset List.
For the class of 2022, a phone has always been more than just a phone. Books have always been available as e-books, Wikipedia has always been available for reference, robots have always been able to walk, and Survivor has always been a show on CBS.
McBride says the list gives teachers a sense of what students know and don't know. It also may make some feel a little bit old.
"If there's anybody out there that looks at the young and gets envious, just wait. They'll be your age before you know it," McBride says.
See the full Mindset List below:
Among the iconic figures never alive in their lifetime are Victor Borge, Charles Schulz, and the original Obi-Wan Kenobi Alec Guinness.
Among their classmates could be Madonna’s son Rocco, Will Smith’s daughter Willow, or David Bowie and Iman’s daughter Alexandria.
- They are the first class born in the new millennium, escaping the dreaded label of “Millennial,” though their new designation—iGen, GenZ, etc. — has not yet been agreed upon by them.
- Outer space has never been without human habitation.
- They have always been able to refer to Wikipedia.
- They have grown up afraid that a shooting could happen at their school, too.
- People loudly conversing with themselves in public are no longer thought to be talking to imaginary friends.
- Calcutta has always been Kolkata.
- Afghanistan has always been the frustrating quagmire that keeps on giving.
- Investigative specials examining the O.J. Simpson case have been on TV annually since their birth.
- Same-sex couples have always found marital bliss in the Netherlands.
- When filling out forms, they are not surprised to find more than two gender categories to choose from.
- Presidential candidates winning the popular vote and then losing the election are not unusual.
- Parents have always been watching Big Brother, and vice versa.
- Someone has always skied non-stop down Mount Everest.
- They’ve grown up with stories about where their grandparents were on 11/22/63 and where their parents were on 9/11.
- Erin Brockovich has always offered a role model.
- The wordsveritas and horizon have always been joined together to form Verizon.
- They will never fly TWA, Swissair, or Sabena airlines.
- The Tower of Pisa has always had a prop to keep it leaning.
- There has never been an Enron.
- The Prius has always been on the road in the U.S.
- UK retail sales have always been organized in metrics, except for beer, still sold by the imperial pint.
- They never used a spit bowl in a dentist’s office.
- They have never seen a cross-town World Series.
- There has always been a Survivor.
- “You’ve got mail” would sound as ancient to them as “number, please” would have sounded to their parents.
- Mifepristone or RU-486, commonly called the “abortion pill,” has always been available in the U.S.
- A visit to a bank has been a rare event.
- Unable to come up with a new tune, Russians have always used the old Soviet national anthem.
- They have never had to deal with “chads,” be they dimpled, hanging, or pregnant.
- “Bipartisan” is soooo last century.
- Horton has always heard a Who on stage in Seussical the musical.
- Robert Downey Jr. has always been the sober Iron Man.
- Exotic animals have always been providing emotional support to passengers on planes.
- Starbucks has always served venti Caffè Lattes in Beijing’s Forbidden City.
- Lightbulbs have always been shatterproof.
- Xlerators have always been drying hands in 15 seconds with a roar.
- I Love You has always been a computer virus.
- Thumbprints have always provided log in security—and are harder to lose—than a password.
- Robots have always been able to walk on two legs and climb stairs.
- None having served there, American Presidents have always visited Vietnam as Commander-in-Chief.
- There have always been space tourists willing to pay the price.
- Mass market books have always been available exclusively as Ebooks.
- Oprah has always been a magazine.
- Berets have always been standard attire for U.S. military uniforms.
- The folks may have used a Zipcar to get them to the delivery room on time.
- Bonefish Grill has always been serving sustainable seafood.
- As toddlers, they could be fined for feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square in London.
- Google Doodles have never recognized major religious holidays.
- Chernobyl has never produced any power in their lifetimes.
- Donny and Marie who?
- They never tasted Pepsi Twist in the U.S.
- Denmark and Sweden have always been just a ten-minute drive apart via the Oresund Bridge.
- There have always been more than a billion people in India.
- Thanks to the Taliban, the colossal Buddhas of Bamiyan have never stood in Central Afghanistan.
- Films have always been distributed on the Internet.
- Environmental disasters such as the BP Deepwater Horizon, and the coal sludge spill in Martin City, Ky., have always exceeded the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
- The detachable computer mouse is almost extinct.
- The Mir space station has always been at the bottom of the South Pacific.
- King Friday the 13thand Lady Elaine Fairchild have always dwelled in the Neighborhood, but only in re-runs.
- Israeli troops have never occupied Southern Lebanon.