There is no denying that our lifestyles differ greatly from those of our middle-aged professors, many of whom survive daily without the use of a smartphone. While it is understandable for this generation to want to share their experiences with us, there is only so much we can take. Hearing about the “good old days” and sitting through lectures filled with obscure references to the “Andy Griffith Show” will eventually force us to write-off these educators as simply outdated and disconnected. Each year the incoming freshman class seems younger and younger and the gap between the students and faculty continues to widen. But how can such an issue be fixed?
One suggestion has been to lay out all the facts about our lifestyles and the things we have come to know as “normal” for all these baby boomers to see. To stop beating around the bush and pretending that maybe we aren’t that different from each other. And that is exactly what the Mindset List is all about. Each year this list is released with the incoming freshman class in mind (this year being the class that is set to graduate in 2017). Below is a sneak peak, but you can find the whole thing here. I encourage you, as members of my misunderstood generation, to share this list and spread the word!