As kids they may well have seen Chicken Run but probably never got chicken pox. (Class of 2017, #7)
In their first 18 years, they have watched the rise and fall of Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez. (Class of 2017, #33)
The Celestine Prophecy has always been bringing forth a new age of spiritual insights. (Class of 2017, #37)
Being selected by Oprah’s Book Club has always read “success.” (Class of 2017, #55)
They have always known that there are “five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes” in a year. (Class of 2017, #60)
Barring a miracle, the Class of 2018 Mindset List will be released sometime next month. When we are closer to that regrettable occasion, I plan on posting a list of ideas for making the List somewhat less worthless than it is now. Here’s one idea now:
Instead of making up what movies college freshmen like, what celebrities they care about, what books they’ve read and so on, Messrs. McBride and Nief could ask some of them—send out a survey to incoming Beloit College students and ask them about their favorite stuff.
The Celestine Prophecy, published two years before the Class of 2017 was born, is likely less significant to understanding their mindset than whatever books they would report being their favorite, most influential or most read.
Does the Class of 2017 know about or care about Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez or Oprah Winfrey? Ask them who their favorite celebrities are.
Have they seen Chicken Run? Maybe, but I’d rather hear about what their favorite movies are.
Do they know the lyrics of a love song from the musical Rent, which was released when they were in diapers? Do they know the songs from any musicals? Ask them.
I’d actually be interested in the favorite books, movies, celebrities and whatnot of entering college students, even if the information was based only on Beloit students—far more than in the made-up stuff now featured on the Mindset List.