I have one son in college and another three years away from college, but it’s always helpful to remember they grew up in a world very different than the one in which I grew up.

For years, the Beloit College Mindset List has been an amusing and enlightening look at the life experiences of each year’s batch of college freshmen. Here’s a look at the start of this year’s list:

“Students heading into their first year of college this year are mostly 18 and were born in 1997.

“Among those who never have been alive in their lifetimes are Princess Diana, Notorious B.I.G., Jacques Cousteau and Mother Teresa.

“Joining them in the world the year they were born were Dolly the sheep, The McCaughey septuplets and Michael “Prince” Jackson Jr.

“Since they have been on the planet:
1. Hybrid automobiles always have been mass produced.
2. Google always has been there, in its founding words, ‘to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible.’
3. They never have licked a postage stamp.
4. Email has become the new formal communication, while texts and tweets remain enclaves for the casual.
5. Four foul-mouthed kids always have been playing in South Park.
6. Hong Kong always has been under Chinese rule.
7. They have grown up treating Wi-Fi as an entitlement.”

I’ll include more of the list below. Read, enjoy, and realize how old we are!

Michael Duduit
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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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