I graduated from college, got married and bought my first house in 1999. My new freshmen students were born that same year.
But this isn’t the only way the Class of 2021 is making me feel old. These freshmen will be the last group I’ll have that were born in the ’90s.
Other interesting facts about them, according to Beloit’s 2021 Mindset list:
- Most of my generation didn’t even own desktop computers when we came to college. The Class of 2021 always had easy access to laptops. In fact, laptops have always outsold desktops in their lifetimes.
- My generation didn’t get car phones until probably my junior year in college, and those were mounted in the car. The Class of 2021 has always had cell phones and had Skype since they were toddlers.
- My generation had New Kids on the Block and later thought ‘N Sync was just ripping them off. The Class of 2021 has always known Justin Timberlake as a solo act.
- Ronald Regan is the earliest President I remember. The Class of 2021 has only known Donald Trump as a politician and Bill Clinton as Hillary’s husband.
- My generation still used the campus library to look up most things, at least until about my senior year in college. I also grew up with a set of encyclopedias on a shelf in the living room. I went through them to find the answers to just about anything in life. The Class of 2021 always had resources like Wikipedia, blogs and U.S. Supreme Court decisions at their fingertips.
If I didn’t already feel old turning 40 this year, the Class of 2021 certainly would make me feel that way. It’s a whole new world with these students.