http://static.guim.co.uk/static/f0e699ab266c47c544b8716a8f4032bda9f58fa9/common/images/logos/the-guardian/comment.gifBy . An annual list of what American university freshmen know is a fun read for Brits and other cultures. As a British university student who spent part of last year studying in the US, I have become a sort of "translator" of English and American culture. Recently, I learned about the Beloit Mindset List, an annual compilation what America's first-year college students "know" (at least in a cultural sense). It began in 1998 when two American academics realized many of their colleauges were citing movies, TV shows and singers that sounded woefully out-of-date to their students' generation.
The mindset list for 2017 has just been released, and it makes for some pretty interesting reading, particularly for Brits. I found myself pondering: do these same cultural reference points hold across the pond? I'm classified on the 2015 list (American colleges are four year courses, which I forgot myself while trying to search the site for the 1993 year, for a short while). More...