Want to feel old—even if you just graduated from college?
Beloit College released its annual Mindset List
, which offers a variety of observations about incoming freshmen so faculty can better understand them—or so they can at least know how much they won’t understand the students.
Here are some highlights from this year’s list:
• They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
• The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.
• Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker's long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
• Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
• They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
• 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.
• Benjamin Braddock, having given up both a career in plastics and a relationship with Mrs. Robinson, could be their grandfather.
• They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
• White House security has never felt it necessary to wear rubber gloves when gay groups have visited.
• There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones.’
Here’s the full list
—and here’s the list from last year