Catherine’s parents are both college professors. They started back to school this week and are leading some freshman groups in orientation to start off the new school year. I couldn’t believe this, but the class of 2014 was mostly born in 1992! 1992! That doesn’t seem so long ago, and, of course, as students get younger and younger, their worldview is progressively changing.
Beloit College puts out an annual College Mindset list that records the cultural touchstones affecting the lives of students entering college this fall. You can find the whole list here, but here’s some of the ones I thought were most interesting:
- “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.
- Entering college this fall in a country where a quarter of young people under 18 have at least one immigrant parent, they aren’t afraid of immigration…unless it involves “real” aliens from another planet.
- Trading Chocolate the Moose for Patty the Platypus helped build their Beanie Baby collection.
- Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
- Woody Allen, whose heart has wanted what it wanted, was always married to Soon-Yi Previn.
- Computers have never lacked a CD-Rom disk drive
- Czechoslovakia has never existed.
- Nirvana is on the classic oldies station
- Rock Bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties