Beloit College Mindset Lists

January 12th, 2018


The Mindset Lists  are written by Ron Nief, Public Affairs Director Emeritus, Tom McBride, Professor of English and Keefer Professor of Humanities, both at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. It originated in 1997. It is a list of what incoming freshmen of the year know and don’t know. Examples from the Mindset List of the Class of 2021 include the following:

#2  They are the last class to be born in the 1900s, the last of the Millennials —  enter

next year, on cue, Generation Z! 

#3  They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game,

direction finder, electronic telegraph, and research library.

#59 Bill Clinton has always been Hillary Clinton’s aging husband.

The previous Mindset Lists are available on the website. They are a reminder to me of how

fast the world is changing.

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