How to Use Your Wish List

Something that seems to confuse some students, especially new students, is the use of the Wish List in MaineStreet. I’ve had multiple students assume that putting a class in the Wish List is the same as enrolling in the class. It is not. Let me explain how it is designed to be used. In one sense, the Wish List is the same as a Shopping Cart on an ecommerce site (like Amazon.com). You go through all the classes, figure out the ones you like or might be interested in, and then add them to your Wish List. This way you have all the classes you’d like to take in one place. How do you add them? Easy. There are two different places you can do that. Let’s say I was looking at Psychology classes and wanted to add PSY 208 to my Wish List. From the search listing, I would see: Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 12.51.20 PM If you had clicked “View Details” to look at the more indepth information about the class and then decided you wanted to choose the class, you would see this at the top: Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 12.51.35 PM Again, you would click on the “Select Class” button. In each of these cases, you are taken to the Class Preferences page, where you click the “Next” button. So the class is now in your Wish List. And like a Shopping Cart, you can just leave it there until you’re ready to enroll. But the Wish List has added functionality. What it can do is validate the courses you have in the Wish List, so as to ensure that you have fulfilled the prerequisites necessary for taking each course. If you do this in advance, you can make sure that you will be able to actually enroll in the classes you have in your Wish List. To validate your Wish List, you put a check in the “Select” box to the left of the class information and then click the “Validate” button, as shown below: Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 12.52.06 PM This will bring up a dialog box that will inform you whether you are able to enroll. In the event that you are fail to meet the class requirements, you will be told why you can’t enroll. In the example below, validation fails because the student has yet to take PSY 100, which is a prerequisite for PSY 208: Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 12.52.32 PM Once you have validated your courses, they sit there safely in your Wish List until your enrollment date and time arrives and you are able to enroll in the classes.