New York City Opinion

I have a 4.0 after 8 classes and 24 credits at college.

I’m 43 and I go to college in New York City. I’m originally from Woodmere, NY on Long Island in Nassau County. I graduated from Hewlett High School in 1994. The proper name for my high school is George W Hewlett High School. Why am I going to college at 43 years young? People I know paid private investigators to sabotage me and have me locked up. They had dozens of girls and women try to hook up with me to set me up. They also have women and men try to pick fights with me constantly. I didn’t fall for it. 

They did manage to chase away the majority of my web marketing clients. Without an income I became homeless. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I also don’t have a criminal record. I want to include that because people don’t realize there are homeless college students and there are a lot of homeless people who have jobs. I have been homeless for about five years. In the winter I sleep sitting up in chairs on the subway platform around the Upper East Side and Midtown New York City. People sometimes ask how can I sleep sitting in a chair on a subway platform? After a long day of school and running around, my answer is that it’s very easy. 

Lately, the city has been closing the subway during the hours I sleep so it’s going to be interesting to see if they open the subway twenty-four hours a day again. Right now it doesn’t matter because it’s warm out. Regardless if the subway opens up twenty-four hours a day again or not I will never go back to a homeless shelter. There are a lot of homeless people who like homeless shelters and there are a lot of homeless people like me who don’t like them. I wouldn’t go back to a homeless shelter if you offered me one million dollars for one night. 

After the police sabotaged and stole all my money, I got on welfare or public assistance. It’s called The New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS). Before I go any further, please verify all information yourself if you have questions about public assistance. This blog is for entertainment purposes and general information only. Once I got on welfare I had to go to a job program every day. I applied for jobs at almost every fast food restaurant in New York City. Months had passed and I still hadn’t landed a job. I found out that I could go back to school instead of going to the job program. 

I went through the process to go back to college at a CUNY school. At this point, I completed eight classes and twenty-four credits. I have a 4.0 GPA. I hope that opens some people’s minds to the fact that there are a lot of homeless people working hard to get their life back on track. When I first became homeless I had a few odd jobs. The money was OK but I was still homeless. One job I had was delivering food on a bicycle. The NYPD wrote me thousands of dollars in tickets so I stopped delivering. The last ticket I got was riding a bicycle through a red light. The cost of the ticket was nine hundred and forty dollars. That’s just one ticket. 

Regardless if I continue to earn all As at school or if my GPA drops down to a 3.0 or 3.5, I will continue to treat everyone with the utmost respect like I always do regardless of how anyone treats me. My attendance will remain 100% and I will keep turning in all my assignments on time or early. I enjoy school and I’m learning a lot. 

In my spare time, I’m working on startups plus blogging and vlogging. My dream is to turn my startups into multi-million-dollar or multi-billion-dollar enterprises. 

By Mark Pine

Startups, Marketing, Motivation