Today began the onslaught of San Francisco State University students tracking me down to ask about my course that starts in June. I don't know why I should be surprised--my past experience has shown that it's never too early and they consider no request too great.
They ask things like, "Professor Ashcraft, I'm sure you're very busy, by do you have the syllabus ready yet?" (No.); "How much reading is there going to be?" (A lot.); and--my favorite--"Can we work out something where I have a reduced work-load/attendance expectation in the course because I'm taking 1700 other class and working 40 jobs and training to climb Mt. Everest simultaneously and will just be way too busy to do everything..." (No.)