The Class of 2003

Got this one from Steph

Just in case you weren’t feeling old enough today, this will certainy change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the Faculty a sense of the mindset of this year’s incoming freshman.

Here is this year’s list:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985.

They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.

They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.

There has been only one Pope in their lifetime.

They were 8 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Tianamen Square means nothing to them.

Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.

The statement “You sound like a broken record” means nothing to them.

They have never owned a record player.

They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.

They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.

They have always had an answering machine.

Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.

They have always had cable.

There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA was.

They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

They don’t know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the “Help me, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial.

Feeling old Yet? There’s more:

They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony.

Roller skating has always meant inline for them.

Michael Jackson has always been white.

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

They have never seen Larry Bird play.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as W.W.I, W.W.II and the Civil War.

They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.

They can’t imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from. (The correct answer, by the way, is Ork)

They never heard: “Where’s the beef?”, “I’d walk a mile for a Camel,” or “De plane, de plane!”

They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.

Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are bands, not places.

There has always been MTV.

They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.

3 replies on “The Class of 2003”

  1. crap most of that applies to me too, and i was born in 1984. actually, a lot of it doesnt. i still use a typewriter at work, i know about “where’s the beef,” “help! i’ve fallen and i can’t get up!,” totally thought about jaws while swimming, and knew that kansas, chicago, boston, america, and alabama were bands. and i only discovered mtv in middle school.

  2. OK, I started reading through these, and I noticed quite a few of them aren’t true (at least for me). I was born in July of ’85.

    -I knew Reagan was shot.
    -I’ve played Atari (I wish my Atari still worked, I’d play it all the time) and owned vinyl records.
    -I understand what it means to “sound like a broken record.”
    -I also own a record player.
    -I have played both Pac Man and Pong (seriously, who hasn’t?)
    -I have definitely heard of 8 tracks, and, even though CDs were available when I was very young, I had only cassettes until I was 12.
    -I have seen/owned several 13-channel and B&W TVs.
    -I still remember not having cable until I was about 7.
    -I’ve seen cloth baby diapers, and have seen the “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials.
    -I remember going to the skating rink when I was younger, and no one had inline skates.
    -I remember my mom pouring kernals into the popcorn popper thingie and watching them pop around *magically* turning into popcorn and falling into the bowl. That was good stuff, way better than the micro pop we have now. (I have also made JiffyPop over an open fire while camping.)
    -I admit I was a bit scared of Jaws attacking me when I was a kid (even in the neighbor’s pool.)
    -Although I’ve never worn them myself, a friend of mine had contact lenses, so I have heard of them.
    -“Where’s the beef?” was from Wendy’s, “I’d walk a mile for a Camel” was for Camel cigarettes (back when Joe Camel still looked like a cartoon), and I’ve heard of “De plane, de plane!” but can’t think of what it’s from.
    -Never heard of Kansas, but the others are all familiar band names.
    -I definitly do know how to use a typewriter (it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out.)

    This was long. I was bored. I was just trying to prove that this list is quite innacurate, and just because we’re young doesn’t mean we don’t know anything else.

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