Beloit College’s Mindset List for Class of 2016
by Renee Daly on August 21st, 2012

Every year, Beloit College releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class, of whom most were born in 1994, views the world. Take a look at the full list for all 75 items; some of my favorites are below:

1. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.

2. For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department.

3. Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for ‘‘save,’’ a telephone for ‘‘phone,’’ and a snail-mail envelope for ‘‘mail’’ have oddly decorated their tablets and smartphone screens.

4. There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones.

5. Along with online viewbooks, parents have always been able to check the crime stats for the colleges their kids have selected.

6. Martin Lawrence has always been banned from hosting Saturday Night Live.

7. History has always had its own channel.

8. While the iconic TV series for their older siblings was the sci-fi show Lost, for them it’s Breaking Bad, a gritty crime story motivated by desperate economic circumstances.

9. Little Caesar has always been proclaiming ‘‘Pizza Pizza.’’

10. Despite being preferred urban gathering places, two-thirds of the independent bookstores in the United States have closed for good during their lifetimes.

Renee Daly