The college class of 2019: Never licked a postage stamp. Always expect Wi-Fi

Since 1998, Beloit College in Wisconsin has created a Mindset List around its incoming freshmen. The list helps capture the mindset of the arriving students by cataloging the cultural changes, innovations and trends of their lifetimes.

Students in the college class of 2019 have never licked a postage stamp.

Students in the college class of 2019 have never licked a postage stamp.

Of this incoming class of 2019, most of whom were born in 1997, the Mindset List notes: (This is just part of the list. Go here for the full list.)

Hybrid automobiles have always been mass produced.

Google has always been there, in its founding words, “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible.”

They have never licked a postage stamp.

Email has become the new “formal” communication, while texts and tweets remain enclaves for the casual.

They have grown up treating Wi-Fi as an entitlement.

The NCAA has always had a precise means to determine a national champion in college football.

The announcement of someone being the “first woman” to hold a position has only impressed their parents.

Color photos have always adorned the front page of The New York Times.

Cell phones have become so ubiquitous in class that teachers don’t know which students are using them to take notes and which ones are planning a party.

Their parents have gone from encouraging them to use the Internet to begging them to get off it.

 

 

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Astropig
Astropig

I'd venture a guess that darn few of them read newspapers either.


Uh-Oh.

TaxiSmith
TaxiSmith

Both of my kids (son 22, daughter 17) are tied to their "devices" twenty four hours a day. If it weren't for text messages, I'd never hear from them. However, my son is a recent honors graduate from Georgia State, and he snagged a very good job in the business world days after graduation, and my daughter is in all honors classes at her high school. Their world may not be "our" world (i.e., late baby boomers) but it is a world in which they are comfortable and in which and are achieving , whether we understand it or not..

bu2
bu2

The NCAA as of 2015 still doesn't have a precise method of determining a champion.  TCU didn't get to play for it last year.  But then Beloit doesn't play scholarship football.  Only one team in their entire state plays scholarship football, so they wouldn't know much about it.


My kids have licked postage stamps.


Cell phones are not allowed in class in my kid's schools in 2015.

Astropig
Astropig

@bu2


Expand the playoff to 8 teams! That would make it more interesting.