Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Tufts University To-Do List for the Incoming ''Class of 2021''

The Tufts University To-Do List for the Incoming ''Class of 2021''

Students heading into their first year of college at Tufts this fall this year are mostly 18 and were born in 1999.

  1. They are the last class to be born in the 1900s, the last of the Millennials --  enter next year, on cue, Generation Z! 
  2. They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph, and research library.
  1. In college, they will often think of themselves as consumers, who’ve borrowed a lot of money to be there.
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  3. They have largely grown up in a floppy-less world.
  4. They have just recently heard of the cli-fi genre term coined by a Tufts alum from the Class of 1971.

  5. There have always been emojis to cheer them up.
  6. The Panama Canal has always belonged to Panama but Taiwan is not part of Communist Red China.

  7. They are the first generation to grow up with Watson outperforming Sherlock.                                                                                

  8. In their lifetimes, Blackberry has gone from being a wild fruit to being a communications device to becoming a wild fruit again. 

  9. They may choose to submit a listicle in lieu of an admissions essay.

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  12. Once on campus, they will find that college syllabi, replete with policies about disability, non-discrimination, and learning goals, might be longer than some of their reading assignments.

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  14. Whatever the subject, there’s always been a blog for it.                         
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  16. Globalization has always been both a powerful fact of life and a source of incessant protest.
  17. A movie scene longer than two minutes has always seemed like an eternity. 

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  19. They have only seen a Checker Cab in a museum.

  20. As toddlers, they may have taught their grandparents how to Skype.

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  22. The BBC has always had a network in the U.S. where they speak American.
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  24. Wikipedia has steadily gained acceptance by their teachers.

  25. Women have always scaled both sides of Everest and rowed across the Atlantic.

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