18 truths about the Class of 2018

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Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon
If you pick the right Parents' Weekend, you might just run into Madonna visiting her daughter Lourdes Leon.

Each August, a new crop of freshmen hits college campuses, and every summer Beloit College publishes its Mindset List to illustrate the events and cultural trends that have shaped the lives of incoming students.

Sometimes light-hearted, and always intriguing, it's also a good way to find out just how different the world view is from one generation to the next.

If you know who Tupac Shakur was, it will also make you feel old.

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September 11, 2001
This year's incoming freshmen spent their first weeks of kindergarten bombarded with images of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
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Alternative news
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is the primary source of television news for many incoming freshmen.
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Sophia Rose Stallone
Another possible Parents' Day sighting: Sylvester Stallone on his way to visit daughter Sophia Rose Stallone.
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Aging Jaguars
Longtime NFL fans still consider the Jaguars a new franchise, but the team was born a year before this year's crop of college freshmen.
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Cable news competition
College freshman have always had options for cable news, be it Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel or the competition on MSNBC.
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Pope and the people
Their parents may have settled for an autograph but 18-year-olds prefer to preserve close encounters with celebrity through the selfie.
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Two-decade drought
The Dallas Cowboys may still call themselves "America's Team," but college freshmen have never seen Jerry Jones' team play in a Super Bowl.
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Cloning, once a matter reserved for science fiction, has been a mainstay since 1996 - when Dolly and this year's freshmen were born.
Carbon copies
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Joe Camel takes a hit
The cartoon-like Joe Camel became a figurehead for the fight to keep children away from cigarettes, and the 1996 decision to classify nicotine as an addictive drug.
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Women always there
Nancy Ruth Mace was one of the first two women to enroll at The Citadel, but incoming college students won't remember when The Citadel and Virginia Military Institute barred admission to women.
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Digital kids
From Netflix to Facebook to Skype, digital devices have always been an integral part of life for incoming college freshmen.
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Women of the court
It's only been eight years since Violet Palmer became the first woman to officiate an NBA playoff game, but 18-year-olds don't know it was once a big deal to see a woman calling a game.
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Forgotten Unabomber
The Unabomber may be famous to their parents, but college freshmen will have to check Wikipedia, or another source, to find out about the manhunt for Ted Kaczynski.
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Digital TV
Newly minted collegians have always had access to television shows designed exclusively to be watched on a computer.
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Toys"R"Us or Santa?
Forget Santa's list. Sitting in the big man's lap is just a formality for kids who grew up sending their wish list to Geoffery at Toys"R"Us.
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Unseen Netscape
Despite its attempt at a comeback a decade or so ago, most 18-year-olds have no idea what Netscape was.
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NBA and WNBA
Brittney Griner is just the latest WNBA star to dunk in a game. The league has been around long enough that college freshmen have never known a time without women's pro hoops.
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Same-sex marriage fight
Students entering college this year have never known a time when the courts were not overturning bans on same-sex marriage.

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Each August, a new crop of freshmen hits college campuses, and every summer Beloit College publishes its Mindset List to illustrate the events and cultural trends that have shaped the lives of incoming students.

Sometimes light-hearted, and always intriguing, it's also a good way to find out just how different the world view is from one generation to the next.

If you know who Tupac Shakur was, it will also make you feel old.

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