Student Life - Research

Students navigate Festifall as they start to navigate the rest of their college careers.

As we start another year at Michigan, Beloit College presents its "college student mindset list." While this is presumably a listing of how students think, more often it is a recounting of things from the perspective of parents or grandparents. It is not research-based, but rather a list of reflections over conversation.

You can see the list at:


A list that might be more encompassing for our students is this:

They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph, and research library.

Donald Trump has always been a political figure, as a Democrat, an Independent, and a Republican.

Women have always scaled both sides of Everest and rowed across the Atlantic.

Justin Timberlake has always been a solo act.

By the time they entered school, laptops were outselling desktops.

One out of four major league baseball players has always been born outside the United States.

There have always been emojis to cheer us up.

In college, they will often think of themselves as consumers, who’ve borrowed a lot of money to be there.


The most important thing with lists like these is to take a moment and check ourselves. Are we seeing the world through our lens, or that of the students?