Annual Freshman Mindset List

It's that time of year again. Students are returning to colleges across the nation, including a new freshman class. Which means it's time for the annual college freshman Mindset List from Beloit College; always a cultural eye-opener in terms of changing times. Their headline? "We have had the NOW generation… get ready for the RIGHT NOW generation… [they] cannot remember a time when they had to wait for anything."

In their lifetimes they have always had eBay and iMacs, and India and Pakistan have always had the bomb. The Sopranos and SpongeBob SquarePants have always been part of popular culture, Gretzky and Elway have always been retired, and Vladimir Putin has always been in charge in the Kremlin.

And although they think of themselves as a powerful generation — Sanders' voters, consumers — they are faced with the prospect of student loan debt, and of robots and foreigners taking their jobs making them feel anxious and weak. "They know that they're going to have to wait for that first breakthrough job and getting their school loans paid off," said Tom McBride, one of the List's authors. "They're an impatient generation learning how to be patient."

I've picked a few of my favorites from their 60-point list.

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