Less amusing: the two students so far who told me what team they’re on, but not what their majors are. It’s an online class, so I don’t even need to know you’re on a team, because your practice/workout/game schedule won’t be interfering with your class work, right? Right?!?
Also, a significant percentage of my students explicitly describe their majors as a fallback path to a career, in case their band doesn’t hit the charts (and they use language I thought was really out of date, like charts, and record, and album. Is that retro-hip now?) One woman’s statement that she’s majoring in (visual) art so she’ll have an alternative if her singing career doesn’t take off is particularly, um, interesting. I feel like I should send them all over to Cal for fatherly advice about day jobs and night jobs and what to do when neither brings in all that much money. Besides, have they looked out the window and noticed what the economy is doing? (No, they’re all apparently in their basement studios making demo albums. Ah, well; more power to them; you only get to be 20 once. I just hope they take a break now and then and do the work. Or drop before they’ve wasted all their tuition money, and driven me and the classmates who are supposed to be earning points by commenting on their nonexistent work crazy.)