Undergraduates this year; law students in Fall 2010. Here are some their characteristics from Beloit College’s mindset list (following the link for the whole list):
- The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
- They have known only two presidents.
- For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
- They are wireless, yet always connected.
- A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary was to their parents’.
- The Moral Majority has never needed an organization.
- DNA fingerprinting has always been admissible evidence in court.
- “Google” has always been a verb.
- Text messaging is their email.
- They have no idea why we needed to ask “…can we all get along?”
- They have always known that “In the criminal justice system the people have been represented by two separate yet equally important groups.”
- They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp.
- Being techno-savvy has always been inversely proportional to age.
- Public school officials have always had the right to censor school newspapers.
- There have always been live organ donors.
- They have never put their money in a “Savings & Loan.”
- Dolphin-free canned tuna has always been on sale.
- “Outing” has always been a threat.
- The U.S. has always been studying global warming to confirm its existence.
- They grew up with virtual pets to feed, water, and play games with, lest they die.