Do any of us really need reminders that time passes so quickly?
I think it would be hard for any of us to deny the signs of time passing that are all around us everyday. There are three specific reminders that I am particularly aware of this week come. The first has to do with children growing up as is made clear by the start of another new school year. This week I have heard several parents say something like, “I can’t believe they are another year older—I wish they would stop growing up so fast!” Second, there are, along with school starting, many reminders that summer is coming an end. And who amongst us, at least those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, don’t wish that we could slow the passing of time down this time of year?
The last reminder of the changes that come with the passing of time is the release of the annual “Mindset List” from Beloit College which just came out this past week. Beloit College, a small liberal arts school not far from where I live, releases this list each year to help older adults better understand the mindset of the eighteen year sold soon to be freshmen in college.
I share the list, in its entirety here, with full credit to the creative people at Beloit College. While it is not a remedy for slowing down the passage of time or the pace of change in our world, it might provide some comfort in knowing that you are certainly not imagining things the next time you have that feeling that time is moving so quickly.
Enjoy the list. If you want to see the official posting of this list on the Beloit College website you can find it here,
where you can also view previous lists from the last nineteen years.
THE BELOIT COLLEGE MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2021
1 Their classmates could include Eddie Murphy’s Zola and Mel Gibson’s Tommy, or Jackie Evancho singing down the hall.
2 They are the last class to be born in the 1900s, the last of the Millennials -- enter next year, on cue, Generation Z!
3 They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph, and research library.
4 Electronic signatures have always been as legally binding as the pen-on-paper kind.
5 In college, they will often think of themselves as consumers, who’ve borrowed a lot of money to be there.
6 eHarmony has always offered an algorithm for happiness.
7 Peanuts comic strips have always been repeats.
8 They have largely grown up in a floppy-less world.
9 They have never found Mutual Broadcasting or Westinghouse Group W on the radio dial, but XM has always offered radio programming for a fee.
10 There have always been emojis to cheer us up.
11 The Panama Canal has always belonged to Panama and Macau has been part of China.
12 It is doubtful that they have ever used or heard the high-pitched whine of a dial-up modem.
13 They were never able to use a Montgomery Ward catalogue as a booster seat.
14 Donald Trump has always been a political figure, as a Democrat, an Independent, and a Republican.
15 Zappos has always meant shoes on the Internet.
16 They are the first generation to grow up with Watson outperforming Sherlock.
17 Amazon has always invited consumers to follow the arrow from A to Z.
18 Their folks have always been able to get reward points by paying their taxes to the IRS on plastic.
19 In their lifetimes, Blackberry has gone from being a wild fruit to being a communications device to becoming a wild fruit again.
20 They have always been searching for Pokemon.
21 They may choose to submit a listicle in lieu of an admissions essay.
22 Dora the Explorer and her pet monkey Boots helped to set them on the course of discovery.
23 The seat of Germany’s government has always been back in Berlin.
24 Jet Blue has always been a favorite travel option but the Concorde has been permanently grounded.
25 By the time they entered school, laptops were outselling desktops.
26 There has never been a Coliseum in New York, but there has always been a London Eye on the Thames.
27 Once on campus, they will find that college syllabi, replete with policies about disability, non-discrimination, and learning goals, might be longer than some of their reading assignments.
28 As toddlers they may have dined on some of that canned food hoarded in case of Y2K.
29 An ophthalmologist named Bashar al-Assad has always provided vision for the Syrian military.
30 Whatever the subject, there’s always been a blog for it.
31 U.S. Supreme Court decisions have always been available at its website.
32 Globalization has always been both a powerful fact of life and a source of incessant protest.
33 One out of four major league baseball players has always been born outside the United States.
34 Carl Sagan has always had his own crater on Mars.
35 A movie scene longer than two minutes has always seemed like an eternity.
36 The Latin music industry has always had its own Grammy Awards.
37 Ketchup has always come in green.
38 They have only seen a Checker Cab in a museum.
39 Men have always shared a romantic smooch on television.
40 They never got to see Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Stein co-host a quiz show or Dennis Miller provide commentary for the NFL.
41 As toddlers, they may have taught their grandparents how to Skype.
42 The image of Sacagawea has always adorned the dollar coin, if you can find one.
43 Having another child has always been a way to secure matching tissue to heal an older sibling.
44 There have always been Latino players on the ice in the NHL.
45 Napster has always been evolving.
46 Nolan Ryan has always worn his Texas Rangers cap in Cooperstown, while Steve Young and Dan Marino have always been watching football from the sidelines.
47 The BBC has always had a network in the U.S. where they speak American.
48 There has never been a sanctioned Texas A&M bonfire.
49 There has always been a Monster in their corner when looking for a job.
50 Wikipedia has steadily gained acceptance by their teachers.
51 Justin Timberlake has always been a solo act.
52 U.S. professional baseball teams have always played in Cuba.
53 Barbie and American Girl have always been sisters at Mattel.
54 Family Guy is the successor to the Father Knows Best they never knew.
55 Motorola and Nokia have always been incredibly shrinking giants.
56 Melissa has always been too nice a name to be attached to a computer macro virus.
57 The Mars Polar Lander has always been lost.
58 Women have always scaled both sides of Everest and rowed across the Atlantic.
59 Bill Clinton has always been Hillary Clinton’s aging husband.
60 Paleontologists have always imagined dinosaurs with colorful plumage.
And finally, Among the iconic figures who have never been alive their lifetimes are Joe
DiMaggio, John F. Kennedy Jr., Walter Payton, and Dusty Springfield.