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Makes me feel old

Every year, there is a college in Beloit, Wis. that releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class  views the world. It amazes me some of the things these kids may not know. They were born in 1994.

By this time, I was deep in college and my ED. In another year, I would have an suicide thoughts, be hospitalized for a week and then spent a year out of college working in the real world making car brakes.

According to this list:
--They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
--They have never seen an airplane “ticket.” (They probably don’t know what it was like to get on airplane without being patted down.)
Having grown up with MP3s and iPods, they never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all. (I have an MP3 but couldn’t imagine life without the car radio.)
Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf. (My grandmother scrapped and saved so me and my cousins could have a set of encyclopedias. I learned so much from Encyclopedia Americana especially on a hot summer day. Thanks Grandma!)
--They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
--While the iconic TV series for their older siblings was the sci-fi show Lost, for them it’s Breaking Bad, a gritty crime story motivated by desperate economic circumstances. (I have never seen Breaking Bad but LOST was AWESOME.)
--Before they buy an assigned textbook, they will check to see whether it’s available for rent or purchase as an e-book. (I remember heading for the college book store hoping some textbooks would be left.)
--L.L. Bean hunting shoes have always been known as just plain Bean Boots.
--Mr. Burns has replaced J.R. Ewing as the most-shot-at man on American television.
--History has always had its own channel.
--They watch television everywhere but on a television. (Call me crazy. I still watch tv on tv except for Grey’s Anatomy online.)
--Point-and-shoot cameras are soooooo last millennium. (I miss getting film developed. I always loved not knowing what was on there.”

1. Having chocolate chip waffles for lunch!
2. Seeing the benefits of drinking more water!
3. Finding the latest issue of Vogue on my desk at work. Thanks magazine fairy!


  1. I know! I feel old too. Times have changed so much! Another thing is they don't know how to address envelopes b/c they have rarely ever even had to use snail mail. They probably don't even know what stamps look like!


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