Friday, August 26, 2016

What Is True For The College Freshmen Of 2016?

Photo Credit: thinkglobalschool
Each year at the start of the new school year Beloit College releases what they call the Mindset List -- a list of important facts, events and people which influence the worldview and perspective that this year's college freshmen class brings with them.

This year's list, which is made up for the graduating class of 2020, represents those students who were born in 1998. As you can see, this year's list highlights advances in technology, significant world events, and the many ways that today's college students experience the world differently from their parents.

You can read the complete list here but I've included some entries below that I found particularly interesting:

  • There has always been a digital swap meet called eBay.
  • Vladimir Putin has always been calling the shots at the Kremlin.
  • The Sandy Hook tragedy is their Columbine.
  • Cloning has always been a mundane laboratory procedure.
  • The United States has always been at war.
  • Serena Williams has always been winning Grand Slam singles titles.
  • They have never had to watch or listen to programs at a scheduled time. 
  • Each year they've been alive the U.S. population has grown by more than one million Latinos. 
  • If you want to reach them, you’d better send a text—emails are oft ignored.
  • They disagree with their parents as to which was the “first” Star Wars episode.
  • NFL coaches have always had the opportunity to throw a red flag and question the ref.
  • They have no memory of Bob Dole promoting Viagra.
  • A Bush and a Clinton have always been campaigning for something big.
  • While chads were hanging in Florida, they were potty training in all 50 states. 
  • Deceased men have always been able to procreate.
  • They have never seen billboard ads for cigarettes.
  • There have always been iMacs on desks.
  • Michael J. Fox has always spoken publicly about having Parkinson's disease.
Please remember to pray for the 21 million U.S. college students that are starting classes over the next few weeks. They are part of a changing world...and they also have the opportunity to influence how the world changes.

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