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It's no secret that our youngest undergraduate students are firmly creatures of the 21st century: They've never known a world without the Internet or cell phone cameras or—as this year's Marist Mindset List noted—a world with Alex Trebek's mustache. We know, we know—age is just a number! You're only as old as you feel! But the knowledge that most in our incoming class are the same age as, say, the movie Ocean's Eleven set some of us on the NYU News to wailing about the inexorable progress of time. As we prepare for the arrival on campus of the Class of 2023—along with all the welcome energy and new ideas they will bring—here's a look (all in good fun) at some pop culture hits from 2001, the year many members of #NYU2023 were born.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Monsters, Inc. and Shrek were top grossing filmsGladiator won the Oscar for Best Picture, and Russell Crowe took home the award for Best Actor for his role in the film. Julia Roberts won Best Actress for Erin Brokovich. 

On TV, 24, Scrubs, Six Feet Under, The Amazing Race, and The Ellen Show premiered. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Baywatch, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Teletubbies went off the air

Outkast's "Ms. Jackson," Alicia Keys' "Fallin,'" Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious," and Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" were among Billboard's Hot 100 singles. Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory was the year's top selling album. At the Grammys, U2's Walk On won Record of the Year.

At the Tonys, The Producers won Best Musical and Proof won best play.

The Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Duke bested Arizona in the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament National Championship Game

Wikipedia went online. Napster shut down. Microsoft released the Xbox. Apple released the iPod.