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Students born when Windows 95 came out, head to college. What's on their mind?

Ron Nief (left) and Tom McBride (right) co-authors of the Beloit College Mindset List. Ron Nief (left) and Tom McBride (right) co-authors of the Beloit College Mindset List.
J. P.  Marquez, Beloit College freshman. J. P. Marquez, Beloit College freshman.

If you have never gotten chicken pox, grew up when the Olympics always happened every two years and a PlayStation was your first video game system you might be a college freshman. Those are just a few things they grew up with, the new Beloit College Mindset List explains what their frame of reference is.

"Is this something you put out to make us feel old?" says reporter, Rebecca Klopf.

"It is that's the chief aim to make everybody feel old. But this is a really great way to talk about what's changed in over 18 years." says Tom McBride, Mindset List co-author.

The Mindset List is put together by two Beloit College professors. It gives a summary of insights into how college freshmen grew up. For instance, they don't need a map because they always had access to GPS. There was always a USB port to plug into and the rapper's Eminem and LL Cool J now have kids their age.

"As they began to crawl so did the bottoms of TV screens," says McBride.

"The definitions have changed. Tablets are no longer something you take in the morning." Ron Nief, Mindset List co-author.

"The creators of the mindset list say it was started in part to spark conversation, like when I hear Jurassic Park I either think of the book or the movie. But when the incoming freshman hear it they think of the theme park ride," says Rebecca Klopf.

"Oh yeah, when I think of Jurassic Park I think to the ride in LA," says J. P.  Marquez, Beloit College freshman.

And that's not all. These students were born when Windows 95 came out.

"I didn't even know that there is a Windows 95." says Marquez.

But don't worry these students are just starting their college careers. I'm sure once they take history class they will get up to date on all the things we used to think of as modern.

"Man, I'm pretty young. And my parents are pretty old." says Marquez

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