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Beloit College publishes annual Mindset List

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Beth Wheelock
August 11, 2009

If you're looking for a reason to feel old, Beloit College is happy to oblige with its annual Mindset List.


The list gives a series of cultural touchstones for 18-year-old students entering college this year.


List co-author Ron Nief says most students entering college this year were born in 1991. Hot topics in that year included government interventions, bailouts, bad loans, unemployment and greater regulation of the finance industry.


Most students entering college this year have never used a card catalog to find a book. In fact, they have always been able to read books on an electronic screen. They have never had to "shake down" an oral thermometer and babies have always had a Social Security Number.


Agent Starling has always feared the "Silence of the Lambs" and CDs have never been sold in cardboard packaging.


Most notable, perhaps, is that for these students, there has always been blue Jell-O.


Click here to read the complete Mindset List.

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