Each year, the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a “putting things in perspective” list to try to give the faculty a sense of mindset of that year’s incoming freshman class.
Here’s a list from the past:
The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1984.
- They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.
- They have never feared a nuclear war.
- They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
- Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums. The expression “you sound like a broken record” means nothing to them.
- They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
- They have always had an answering machine.
- Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels; nor have they seen a black & white TV.
- Jay Leno has always been on The Tonight Show.
- They don’t know who Mork was, or where he was from.
- Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are all places, not groups.
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