The Beloit College Mindset List is used by educators and clergy and by the military and business in their efforts to connect with the new generation. Beloit creates the list to share with its faculty in anticipation of the first-year seminars and orientation.
Like a good little librarian who reads all of her email, I looked at the list. It all seemed pretty ho-hum until I came to:
26. "Boogers" candy has always been a favorite for grossing out parents.Uh, what? If I had seen just the statement, I would have probably shrugged it off, but the creators overplayed their hand by including an image. A clearly doctored image. What's going on here? Is this list supposed to be a sly joke? I quickly go back to the email to check for an ironic tone in the initial message, re-scan the rest of the list, google "Nestle Boogers" to see if I somehow had mistaken a cherished candy of my childhood, and have a small anxiety attack. I found no indication of there ever being a Nestle Boogers brand of candy.
Nestle Goobers, though, are still going strong.
Do a lot of people call Goobers--Boogers? It doesn't seem right. I've never heard it, and I googled Goobers and boogers to see if boogers is the usual way to call the candy. I didn't find any indication that this is the case.
I emailed the list creators. Maybe my email could've been written better...
What the hell are boogers?This is their response to me:
I have eaten GOOBERS, but never boogers.
Is this list not supposed be truthful?
So yeah, I'm going to go ask a bunch of random first-years, "Have you ever eaten boogers?"
Go to http://www.beloit.edu/ and click on the Mindset list and you will see a box of Boogers...never had them personally but ask somebody under 20 about them.
Do not understand your other question. list is accurate...it is not meant to be chronological but a measure of students worldview and experiences.
It'll be a lovely ice-breaker...