The following was sent to me, and I thought it was good... Kinda brings things into perspective. Each year Uni staff put together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming undergraduates. Here's this year's list: The young people who will soon be starting study across the nation were born around 1985. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up. Their lifetime has always included AIDS. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic. CD's have always existed. They have always had an answering machine. There has always been VCR's. They cannot fathom not having a remote control. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave. Many of their movie and singing idols have undergone some form of plastic surgery or body enhancement. They never took a swim and shuddered at the thought of Jaws. They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are. They don't know who Mork was or where he was from. They have never known the womans weekly to come out weekly. They never heard: "Where's the Cheese?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", "Come on Aussie, Come on" or "Gotcha!." They do not care who shot J.R or and have no idea who J. R. even is. McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers. War has continued to take place in distant parts of the world for all of their lives. They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter or what touch typing is. They have never had milk to drink at school. Instead of Screw the system, they think: Upgrade the system Disco has never been fashionable. They have never been to the Principal for the cane. They have been sent the guidance or welfare officer. They have never known a party line or had to speak with an operator to be connected. They have always brushed their teeth and hair with products from TV, (rather than what a chemist would suggest) They complete book reviews by watching videos. They will each arrive with some form of academic credit, and consider themselves qualified in those areas. Their clothing has always been made from synthetic materials. Computers have always existed.