One does not simply register for a class.
The first hurdle is The Holds, which sounds like some sort of horrible STD. To get rid of The Holds, prospective students usually must pay an outstanding bill or turn in an errant, and digitally unavailable, form. But for a particularly tough case of The Holds, students must beat a path from the Registrar’s Line to the Mighty Department Chair and get it removed.
The next obstacle on the path to some classroom real estate is the ASSIST site itself. Occasionally, while everything is going peachy in the registration process, ASSIST gets stressed out and takes a smoke break, leaving prospective classes in limbo.
Once “add class” has been achieved, the plot thickens…. unless 14 others wanted to take Typewriter Maintenance 1301, the class won’t happen and the typewriters of the world will fall into disrepair. Or, hey, the University might inexplicably schedule TYPMNT 1301 at the same time and place as Conspiracy Theory 2303.
In any case, the labyrinthine class registration system is no one person’s fault. It simply suffers from a bizarre combination of digitalization and human miscommunication that makes trying to get into a class a gauntlet of standing in lines, stalking department chairs, and banging one’s head against several computer screens.
But if UTPA could fix its class registration hazing process, there might be fewer students scrambling for a class at the last minute to meet their financial aid or scholarship requirement. Maybe one day, one could just simply register for a class. The thought.