It’s the Most “something” Time of the Year

Every year at this time I head on over the Beloit College website to see just what the coming year(s) have in store for me and Beloit College produces the very striking “Mindset List”, which never fails to land a few jarring blows. The Mindset List, “provid(es) a look at the cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of students entering colleges and universities in the fall.” And remember even if you are not associated with academia the 1L list are the people that will be applying to work with you in the coming months.

Firstly, let’s start with some highlights for the students who are entering University for the first time this fall, born in 1996 the class of 2018:

  • During their initial weeks of kindergarten, they were upset by endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center
  • They have probably never used Netscape as their web browser.
  • Bill Gates has always been the richest man in the U.S.
  • FOX News and MSNBC have always been duking it out for the hearts and minds of American viewers.
  • And now for the highlights from the 1Ls who have just completed their first week at law school:

  • Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
  • John McEnroe has never played professional tennis
  • They’ve never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.
  • Czechoslovakia has never existed.
  • Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.
  • Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
  • They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.
  • Woody Allen, whose heart has wanted what it wanted, has always been with Soon-Yi Previn.
  • Nirvana is on the classic oldies station. (This one hurts)
  • Toothpaste tubes have always stood up on their caps.
  • The U.S, Canada, and Mexico have always agreed to trade freely.
  • They first met Michelangelo when he was just a computer virus.
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