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Johns Hopkins Freshman Move-In Day Through the Ages

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In 1970, Johns Hopkins admitted women for the first time. One consequence of all-male colleges was that these guys apparently never learned how to be subtle about checking out women.

As you noticed if you tried to drive through Charles Village yesterday, it’s move-in time for incoming freshman at Johns Hopkins. The university put together some photos of freshmen move-in day through the ages that proves that while hairstyles may change, carrying boxes and checking out your fellow students remains consistent across the decades. More photos below:

13 Weird Things About This Year’s Incoming College Freshmen

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It’s late August, which means a whole new crop of nervous 18 year-olds are buying “Dorm Room Essentials!” and heading out on awkward orientation excursions. Feel like it was just yesterday that you were a college freshman? Well, the Beloit College Mindset List, released around this time every year, is here to remind you that you’re old, and that kids these days grew up in an entirely different world. For instance:  2012’s incoming freshmen were mostly born in 1994 (YIKES), meaning that they’ve grown up in a world without tan M&Ms and Kurt Cobain. Some more crazy facts from the list below:

The Glory (and Misery) of the Random Freshman Roommate

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Future freshmen at Hocking College in Ohio take the Myers-Briggs personality test, with the results getting sent to the Office of Residential Life for better roommate matching. “[We] make every effort to match you with another student who has some of the same interests and personality attributes as you,” the college reassures incoming students.

But is it really so important to live with someone similar to you?  In this weekend’s New York Times, Dalton Conley mourns the era of the random roommate:  “When we lose randomness,” he notes, “we also lose serendipity.”  Today’s students aren’t just taking long personality tests to ensure compatibility; they’re often scoping one another out on Facebook as soon as they get their acceptance letters, and finding a like-minded stranger to request as a bunkmate.

While it makes sense to keep the messy students and the smokers together, something is lost by such precise sorting.  Conley cites a 2002 Cornell study that found that white students who were assigned a roommate from a different race were more open-minded about race by the end of the year. That’s just one example of the peer-to-peer learning that takes place over the course of a semester, where students figure out how to get along with someone perhaps very different from themselves.  “And if you end up with the roommate from hell? You’ll survive, and someday have great stories to tell your future spouse, with whom you’ll probably get along better,” rhapsodizes Conley. Easy enough for him to say; for all his love of randomness, he’s not volunteering to spend a year sharing a 10-foot-by-10-foot space with a stranger, you’ll note.

What was your college roommate like?

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