The mindset of incoming college freshman, born in '95

Students go about their business at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

This final note on the way out.

Every year since 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisc., has put out what it calls the Mindset List. Vaguely relevant pop culture references that apply to the incoming class of college freshmen -- kids born in 1995.

Here are just a couple of the more economically-focused ones, guaranteed to make you feel ... well, dated:

  • Threatening to shut down the government during Federal budget negotiations has always been an anticipated tactic.
  • Their TV screens keep getting smaller as their parents' screens grow ever larger.
  • While they've grown up with a World Trade Organization, they have never known an Interstate Commerce Commission.
  • The U.S. has always imposed economic sanctions against Iran.

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