To today’s college freshmen, the following things are true:

*Music has always been available via free downloads.

*Fake Christmas trees have always outsold real ones.

*Grown-ups have always been arguing about health care policy.

*Charter schools have always been an alternative.

*They’re the first generation to grow up hearing about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics.

This is all from the new Mindset List, which looks at the way college freshmen, the class of 2015, look at the world.

The list was created at Beloit College in 1998 to reflect the world view of entering first-year students. It was first published with a look at the class of 2002, who were born in 1980, and it comes out at the start of every school year.

Following is more from the list, and here’s where you can read the whole thing.

*They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.

*There have always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.

*Amazon has never been just a river in South America.

*Dial-up is soooooooooo last century!

*“PC” has come to mean Personal Computer, not Political Correctness.

*As they’ve grown up on websites and cell phones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.


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