Keeping It Contemporary

I just dropped a kid off at college this past weekend. On the long drive home, I thought about the Beloit College in Wisconsin Mindset list that had just showed up in my social media feed. For almost 20 years, Beloit has published a “look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college” each fall.

Yeah, now that I think about it, this current batch of freshmen never knew the magic of Princess Diana and her fairy tale wedding and the power of the photographs that showed her touching AIDS babies in the early 90s.

Out of curiosity, I looked at some of the older Mindset lists – because, hey, who doesn’t like feeling dated? For fun, I put together a side-by-side chart of some of the cultural reference points the esteemed professors of Beloit identified for this year – and 10 years ago.

Take a look at it yourself. Times sure do change, don’t they?

Which Mindset List item makes you feel old?



Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. homeschooled her children from kindergarten into college. Over the last 15+ years, she has also worked with families in creating individualized learning plans. As a professional curriculum developer, Alessa has created afterschool youth development programs for a Baltimore-based nonprofit, as well as teaching materials for homeschool parents and brick and mortar school teachers.