Disclosure to my Baruch College professors that I’m homeless.

Greetings,

First and foremost, I love CUNY. It’s the best opportunity ever. I treat everyone at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. That includes students, professors, and staff. 

I have plenty of experience interacting with people from web marketing and real estate. 

Sometimes people say that college has nothing to do with the real world and I believe it’s the exact opposite. In my humble opinion, the skills I’m learning have everything to do with the real world. 

School is my number one priority. In my spare time, I’m trying to launch startups. I’m a much better entrepreneur because of CUNY. 

I wanted to mention that I have been homeless for the past 5 years. Because there is mandatory interaction between students, I thought it was only fair for the staff and professors to be notified.

I’m sure there are a number of students and their parents who wouldn’t want their child in groups and pairing up with homeless people like myself. 

I give all Baruch College at The City University of New York professors permission to announce to my classes that I’m homeless. Moreover, if there is anyone who wouldn’t mind being in a group with a homeless person, Mark Pine is homeless.

I’m not embarrassed at all. Hopefully, with the help of CUNY, I’ll have a roof over my head one day. 

Because of CUNY, I have a laptop, phone, place to shower, MetroCard, food, clothes, etc. CUNY has given me a huge opportunity to get back on track. 

I’m actually a homeless New York State licensed real estate broker. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t have a criminal record. I don’t do anything illegal. I just have bad credit and no money. That’s it.  

In my first year at CUNY, I earned a 3.975 GPA with 36 credits. 

I sometimes sleep on the 7 train, buses, subway platforms, etc. I also study in the subway because I use the free WiFi. 

I’m always friendly to the NYPD when they tell me to get off the steps. 

Hundreds of NYPD officers know me because I’ve been homeless for so long. They couldn’t be more friendly. I talk with them often. I recommend they get a real estate salesperson’s license. 

Just in case any Baruch College students who are in class groups with me see me around town, I’d like to be upfront with everyone so there is no surprise. 

I did a little investigative journalism and found there are thousands of complaints from New York college students against New York college students every year. I want to take every precaution possible so I’m not part of it. 

According to New York Post journalist Melissa Klein, “New York’s colleges recorded nearly 4,000 sexual misconduct complaints in 2018. In general, more students at the public CUNY and SUNY institutions were found responsible for their actions in school disciplinary proceedings than at the state’s private schools.”

nypost.com/2020/01/11/cornell-nyu-top-list-of-new-york-colleges-with-most-sexual-violence-complaints/

I am going to continue to be a model student. I will be concise, professional, serious, and respectful, at all times when interacting with students. 

I have a place to keep clean clothes, shower, etc. I’m in great spirits. I’m making the best of being homeless and enjoying life. 

I’m upfront and honest about everything. That is why I’m letting all my professors know I’m homeless just in case it affects what class groups I’m placed in. 

Please advise if you require any additional information. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I always treat everyone at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. That includes staff, professors, and students. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. 

I love The City University of New York.

By Mark Pine

Startups, Marketing, Motivation