Beloit College Mindset List 2014 Unveiled – Beloit College professors Tom McBride and Ron Nief, have, since 1998 have been marking down the cultural landmarks and idiosyncrasies that each new crop of students have that set them apart from the previous years.
This list seems quite humorous, but it also shows the ways in which society and perceptions change through the generations. For example, many students in this year’s freshman year can’t write cursive handwriting. Many years ago, cursive handwriting was most important. But, who needs that now, with computers that can do any style of font you want?
This started off as a reference list for professors at this college to be able to understand the students more, however it has become “became a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each generation,” Beloit College says.
Many older folk remember when Nirvana was new and edgy, and Led Zeppelin was classic rock. Now, Nirvana is classic rock in the minds of the new students.
Some of the list are quite interesting, for their historical purpose, and speak volumes about the world at this stage, such as:
No. 32 – Czechoslovakia has never existed for them.
No. 41 – American companies have always done business in Vietnam
No. 58 – Beethoven has always been a dog
No. 64 – The US, Canada, and Mexico have always agreed to trade freely.
The world changes quickly from year to year, and this list is going to make some people feel older.