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Just in case you weren’t feeling old enough today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the Faculty a sense of the mindset of this year’s incoming freshman.

Here is this year’s list:Write your vision. Make it plain.

  • The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1983.
  • They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.
  • They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
  • There has been only one Pope in their lifetime.
  • They were 10 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.
  • They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
  • Tiananmen Square means nothing to them.
  • Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
  • Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.
  • The statement “You sound like a broken record” means nothing to them.
  • They have never owned a record player.
  • They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
  • They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.
  • They have always had an answering machine.
  • Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.
  • They have always had cable.
  • There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA was.
  • They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
  • They don’t know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the “Help me, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial.

Feeling old Yet? There’s more:

  • They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony.
  • Roller skating has always meant inline for them.
  • Michael Jackson has always been white.
  • Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
  • They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
  • Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
  • They have never seen Larry Bird play.
  • They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
  • The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as W.W.I, W.W.II and the Civil War.
  • They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
  • They can’t imagine what hard contact lenses are.
  • They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from. (The correct answer, by the way, is Ork)
  • They never heard: “Where’s the beef?”, “I’d walk a mile for a Camel,” or “De plane, de plane!”
  • They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.
  • Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not bands.
  • There has always been MTV.
  • They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.