Ron Nief and Tom McBride are authors of the Mindset List

Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2017

For Freshmen at Beloit College this year GM means food that is Genetically Modified.

Beloit College released the annual Mindset List for students who will graduate from college in 2017.

Former Beloit College Public Affairs Director, Ron Nief and Beloit College Professor  Tom McBride have compiled the list of things that have always been true, or never been true for incoming freshmen since 1998.

For this generation of entering college students, born in 1995, Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead.

1.         Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.

2.         They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal. 

3.         GM means food that is Genetically Modified.

4.         As they started to crawl, so did the news across the bottom of the television screen.

5.         “Dude” has never had a negative tone.

6.         As their parents held them as infants, they may have wondered whether it was the baby or Windows 95 that had them more excited.

7.         As kids they may well have seen *Chicken Run* but probably never got chicken pox.

8.         Having a chat has seldom involved talking.

9.         Gaga has never been baby talk.

10.     They could always get rid of their outdated toys on eBay.

11.     They have known only two presidents.

12.     Their TV screens keep getting smaller as their parents’ screens grow ever larger.

13.     PayPal has replaced a pen pal as a best friend on line.

14.     Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car.

15.     The U.S. has always been trying to figure out which side to back in Middle East conflicts.

16.     A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.

17.     Threatening to shut down the government during Federal budget negotiations has always been an anticipated tactic.

18.     Growing up with the family dog, one of them has worn an electronic collar, while the other has toted an electronic lifeline.

19.     Plasma has never been just a bodily fluid.

20.     The Pentagon and Congress have always been shocked, absolutely shocked, by reports of sexual harassment and assault in the military.

21.     Spray paint has never been legally sold in Chicago.

22.     Captain Janeway has always taken the USS Voyager where no woman or man has ever gone before.

23.     While they've grown up with a World Trade Organization, they have never known an Interstate Commerce Commission.

24.     Courts have always been ordering computer network wiretaps.

25.     Planes have never landed at Stapleton Airport in Denver.

26.     Jurassic Park has always had rides and snack bars, not free-range triceratops and velociraptors.

27.     Thanks to Megan's Law and Amber Alerts, parents have always had community support in keeping children safe.

28.     With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address.

29.     Java has never been just a cup of coffee.

30.     Americans and Russians have always cooperated better in orbit than on earth.

The full list can be viewd at