Beloit's Mindset List for the Class of 2016

Beloit College's annual list shows the world that the class of 2016 is used to.

Beloit College, a liberal arts school in Wisconsin, recently released its well-known "mindset list" for the class of 2016.

Since 2002, the college has released a mindset list for each incoming freshman class, which details the world that that class has grown up in.

Below are a bunch of our favorites, but click here for all 75 items on Beloit's list.

For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.

  1. If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.
  2. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker's long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
  3. Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.
  4. They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
  5. Star Wars has always been just a film, not a defense strategy.
  6. Slavery has always been unconstitutional in Mississippi, and Southern Baptists have always been apologizing for supporting it in the first place.
  7. Along with online viewbooks, parents have always been able to check the crime stats for the colleges their kids have selected.
  8. Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers.
  9. Before they purchase an assigned textbook, they will investigate whether it is available for rent or purchase as an e-book.
  10. History has always had its own channel.
  11. TheTwilight Zone involves vampires, not Rod Serling.
  12. They have no recollection of when Arianna Huffington was a conservative.


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