The mindset of the class of 2017

August 20, 2013

Beloit College in Wisconsin has released its annual “Mindset List,” which examines the “cultural touchstones” of incoming PSE students. For the class of 2017, who were born in 1995, compilers Ron Nief and Tom McBride list such facts as “Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend,” “'Dude' has never had a negative tone,” and “Gaga has never been baby talk.” Not surprisingly, this year’s list features many technology-focused mindsets, such as “Having a chat has seldom involved talking,” “As they started to crawl, so did the news across the bottom of the television screen,” and “A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.” The list was originally created as a reminder to Beloit faculty to be aware of dated references, but has since become a popular catalogue of the changing mindset of youth. Mindset List 2017