Meet the Class of 2016: Born after Kurt Cobain Was Long Gone

Beloit College in Wisconsin has made a habit of releasing a “Mindset List” every August, painting a picture of pop culture, politics, and technology for the incoming freshmen. Since 1998 the school has released this list, primarily as a way for faculty to be aware of their possible dated references with the students. Today, the list has turned into a fantastic catalog of the worldview of incoming freshmen for all to enjoy.

Having the understanding that this year’s freshmen have never known a world where women couldn’t fly war planes or understanding that they see the Michael Jackson family in the same way you saw the Kennedy’s allows for a major gap to be bridged for all. Some mind blowing stats for the class of 2016 include that they were born in 1994, meaning people like Kurt Cobain, Jackie O., Richard Nixon, and John Wayne Gacy had always been a part of history.

The yearly lists are fun to read and even those of us who didn’t think we were that old are left with our jaws dropped when we realize how very different our experience of the world has been compared to these young students.

A few highlights from this year’s Class of 2016 list include:

Robert De Niro is known as Greg Focker’s father-in-law in the “Meet the Parents” movies, not as a member of the Corleone mob family.

This class may only think of Bill Clinton as a senior statesman and really have no idea about him not “having sexual relations with that women.”

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Shannen Doherty Partners with ClassesPlease.com to Further Her Education

shannen doherty wearing sunglasses and white topWhat do Shannen Doherty and many other average Americans have in common? They have not earned as high of an education as they would like. However, going back to college can be difficult for working adults because of all of the other commitments they already have in their lives, such as friends, family, and their job. Luckily, Shannen has found a way to make her dream of getting a higher education a reality, and with ClassesPlease.com, you can too.

ClassesPlease.com is part of Education Connection, a website that makes it easier to find an educational path that is right for you. Like it’s parent-company, ClassesPlease.com allows users to find a college and major that will work with their schedule and meet their interests. Currently, ClassesPlease.com helps people find educational programs in career fields like information technology, criminal justice, business, culinary arts, and health sciences.

“I’m actually getting my degree in liberal arts,” said Shannen.

Shannen has partnered with the website in order to realize her life-long dream of earning a college degree. On a commercial for the website, Shannen says it’s easy to learn through this program because she can study whenever and wherever she is. Shannen is obviously doing an online program, but ClassesPlease.com also offers information about in-class programs.

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Mila Kunis’ Education Background

Mila Kunis is an American actress who first gained acclaim for her portrayal of Jackie Burkhart on the comedy series, That ’70s Show. Continuing her role as a comedic actress, Kunis then voiced the character Meg in Family Guy and portrayed Rachel Jansen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Then, in 2010, she co-starred with Natalie Portman in Black Swan, for which she won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her next film to hit the big screen will be Friends with Benefits, in which she co-stars with Justin Timberlake. EDUinReview will now take a look at her education background

Kunis was born on August 14, 1983, in Chernivtsi, Ukranian SSR. Her parents are Elvira and Mark Kunis and she has one older brother, Mark. When she was seven years old, her family moved to Los Angeles, CA, where she enrolled in Rosewood Elementary School. She then attended Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School. For high school, she was tutored by an on-set tutor while she was filming That ’70s Show. When the show was not in production, Kunis attended Fairfax High School. After high school, Kunis attended both UCLA and Loyola Marymount University for short periods of time but has since put her education on hold in order to pursue her acting career.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Leaves Fan Completely Satisfied

I first met Harry Potter when I was nine-years old during reading-time in my fourth grade class. For me, it was love at first sight, and I’m sure Harry would have felt the same if he were not a fictional character.  The story of a boy who was around my age but had to face dragons, monsters, and a mass murderer within his first year deeply enthralled me, and although he certainly was much braver than I was, I felt a connection to Harry because we both had a very cruel and scary teacher (I referred to my teacher as “Snape” behind his back for the rest of my elementary school career).

Flash forward a few years and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was in the movie theaters. Ever since the first movie, I have been in line on the opening day (or at midnight, as the movies progressed) in order to watch my beloved characters fight evil while also having a few laughs along the way. So, obviously, as soon as I got off work on July 14, 2011, I headed to my local theater and joined the hundreds of other people who were standing in line, waiting to get a good seat for the premiere of the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, Part II.

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Newt Gingrich’s Education Background

Newt Gingrich is an American politician and former member of the US House of Representatives. He has also had careers as a professor, historian, and author. He is now a candidate for the Republican party’s nominee for the 2012 Presidential race. EDUinReview will now take a look at Gingrich’s education background.

Gingrich was born on June 17, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His name at birth was Newton Leroy McPherson. His parents are Kathleen and Newton Searies McPherson. The couple’s marriage did not last long and in 1946, his mother remarried an Army officer, Robert Gingrich, who then adopted Newt and gave him his last name. Kathleen and Robert had three daughters: Candace, Susan, and Roberta.

Since Robert was in the military, the family moved often and Newt attended many military academies, but graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961. Gingrich attended Emory University, where he earned his B.A. in history in 1965. He then attended Tulane University, where he earned a PhD in modern European history in 1971. The year before, he accepted a position as an Assistant History Professor at the University of West Georgia. In 1974, he switched departments and began teaching in the geography department. He left the University of West Georgia in 1978 because the university could no longer keep as a faculty member without making him a tenured professor. In 1993, Gingrich again became a teacher when he taught Renewing American Civilization at Kennesaw State University.

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Tim Pawlenty’s Education Background

Tim Pawlenty is an American politician. Most recently, Pawlenty has served as the Governor of Minnesota from 2003 to 2011. He also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003 and is a possible candidate for the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the USA in the 2012 election. EDUinReview will now take a look at his education background.

Pawlenty was born on November 27, 1960, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His parents are Virginia and Eugene Pawlenty. His mother died from cancer when he was only 16-years old. He attended South St. Paul High School and played ice hockey for the school’s junior varsity team.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Education Background

Rosie Hunginton-Whiteley is an English actress and model best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and, more recently, for replacing Megan Fox in the third Transformer‘s movie. EDUinReview will now take a look at this pretty lady’s education background.

Rosie was born on April 18, 1987, in Plymouth, England. Her parents are Fiona and Charles, and she has two younger siblings: Toby and Florence. When she was younger, she was voted Girl Most Likely to Become a Supermodel when she was only 13-years old. Desperate to get out of her small hometown, she attended Tavistock College in London.

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John Turturro’s Education Background

John Turturro is an American actor, director, and writer who has appeared in more than 60 films, many of which with Adam Sandler. He is best known for his roles in O Brother, Where Are Thou?, Quiz Show, and Barton Fink. His next film to hit the big screen will be Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in which he will co-star with Shia LaBeouf. EDUinReview will now take a look at this talented actor’s education background.

Tuturro was born on February 28, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York. His parents are Katherine and Nicholas Turturro. His parents were both Italian and Turturro was raised in the Roman Catholic religion. He has one brother, Nicholas. He attended the State University of New York at New Paltz and earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale‘s School of Drama.

Turturro first got a taste of professional acting when he appeared as an extra in Martin Scorsese’s movie, Raging Bull, in 1980. In 1984, he began to develop a close partnership with Spike Lee when he was cast in Do the Right Thing. The pair has worked together on other films, including Jungle Fever, Summer of Sam, and Miracle at St. Anna. He has also developed a good relationship with the Coen Brothers and has appeared in several of their movies, including The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Turturro won an Emmy award for his reoccurring role of Ambrose Monk on the popular USA Network series, Monk. Recently, he has acted in The Good Shepherd in 2006 and became involved in the Transformers movies, where he portrays Sector 7 Agent Simmons.

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Josh Duhamel’s Education Background

Josh Duhamel is an American actor known for his work in Transformers portraying Danny McCoy on NBC’s television show, Las Vegas. His next movie to hit the big screens will be the third installment of the Transformers movies, Dark of the Moon, which will be released on June 29, 2011. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this heart throb.

Duhamel was born on November 14, 1972, in Minot, North Dakota. His parents are Bonnie Kemper and Larry Duhamel, who divorced when Duhamel was young. He and his three younger sisters grew up with their mother. Duhamel went to Minot State University where he studied pre-dentistry. While in college, he was the back-up quarterback for the school’s football team. Duhamel did not graduate because he dropped out with only one-and-a-half credits keeping him from fulfilling his bachelor’s degree.

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Will Ferrell’s Education Background

Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, and writer who first gained fame for his work on Saturday Night Live in the late 1990s. Some of his films include Old School, Elf, and Anchorman. He is a member of the Frat Pack, a group of comedic actors who have become widely popular in the past few years. EDUinReview will now take a look at Ferrell’s education background.

Ferrell was born on July 16, 1967, in Irvine, California. His parents are Betty Kay and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr. He attended Turtle Rock Elementary, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, and University High School in Irvine. While in high school, Ferrell played for his school’s varsity football team. After high school, Ferrell attended the University of Southern California. He studied sports broadcasting and information and was an active member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

In 1995, Ferrell joined the cast of Saturday Night Live where he made a name for himself by doing impersonations. Some of the people he impersonated include George W. Bush, Neil Diamond, and Saddam Hussein. After seven years, Ferrell retired from the show but he has returned twice to host in May 2005 and May 2009.

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