10 Things Worth Knowing About the Class of 2021

Every year, a report comes out about the mindset of students entering college. Here’s how the Class of 2021 will make you feel old.

This year’s college freshmen, those in the Class of 2021, were born in 1999.

If that isn’t enough to make you feel old right there, keep reading!

It’s been a while since I looked at the annual Beloit College report on the mindsets of college freshman. I’m almost sorry I looked at this year’s, but I was motivated by a post from my blogging friend, Kenna.

Here are 10 highlights of Benoit’s report that jumped out at me:

1. Blogging

“Whatever the subject, there’s always been a blog for it.” I’m not sure if this is good or bad. When I was in college, the internet was still trying to become a real thing, but it wasn’t enough of one that it was particularly useful, yet.

2. Donald Trump

“Donald Trump has always been a political figure, as a Democrat, an Independent, and a Republican.” A fact that many of his supporters may well try to deny.

3. Signatures

“Electronic signatures have always been as legally binding as the pen-on-paper kind.” We definitely weren’t that computer-centric as a society when I was in college.

4. Emojis

“There have always been emojis to cheer us up.” This one has me reaching for the “Sad” emoji. 🙁

5. Phones

“They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph, and research library.” I had a cell phone when I was a college freshman, and I’m pretty sure that phone was a flip phone. It could make calls and text. That, as I recall, was about it. (And back then, I didn’t even text.)

6. Dial-Up

“It is doubtful that they have ever used or heard the high-pitched whine of a dial-up modem.” I’m fairly sure there’s a great chance they’ve heard it…on YouTube…and that they listened to it to laugh at what their parents had to go through to get online.

7. Floppy Disks

“They have largely grown up in a floppy-less world.” To be fair, I don’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve used a floppy disk, either. But at least I do remember them.

8. Amazon

“Amazon has always invited consumers to follow the arrow from A to Z.” Amazon launched in 1995. I have to admit that I’m surprised to hear that. I must have known of its 20th anniversary two years ago, but somehow I must have blocked that out of my mind.

9. Homosexuality

“Men have always shared a romantic smooch on television.” This might be a sign of an evolving culture, depending, of course, on your point of view or your level of acceptance for such things.

10. The End of the Line

“They are the last class to be born in the 1900s, the last of the Millennials — enter next year, on cue, Generation Z!” Born in 1999. That year, I had already been in television for eight years.

Yes, I feel old. How about you?

Check out their full list of facts about the Class of 2021 here.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.