For some reason, CalArts has refused to keep up with the rest of the collegiate world and insists on class sign-ups in person (instead of online). This means that you figure out your schedule/what classes you want...and then you show up to CalArts on sign-up day and run around the school looking for each professor to sign off on your sheet.
Oh and there is one class sign-up day for the whole school, so everyone is thrown in there at once.
It sucks to be a music student because:
1). Every music class is 1 credit, so you end up with 10-15 classes on your sheet...and have to find/stand in line for 10 professors.
2). The music school, for some reason, doesn't have it together. Other schools in CalArts (ie Art, Film) have their teachers show up on time, have nice little placards or signs that politely let you know which teacher is which. Our music teachers apparently don't care. Some of them show up late, some of them don't show up at all, and everything is willy-nilly in that you have to guess who teachers are or ask around because no one has a name card.
And then there are the classes which are apparently limited, but don't let you know beforehand. So sometimes you wait in line for 30 minutes only to be told that the class has filled up already or surprise! you're not even allowed in the class.
There are a few popular classes with limited openings and the lines for these look something like this:
In reality, newcomers are left bewildered to this introduction to CalArts and veterans muster their way through the ranks as quickly as possible.
The free doughnuts, however, were especially excellent today.