First and foremost, I always treat all parties involved in this situation (CUNY Edge/HRA/etc.) with the absolute utmost respect at all times. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. I understand everyone is doing their best under the circumstances.
I’ll survive regardless.
In the past, full-time The City University of New York (CUNY) students on public assistance used to receive MetroCard money from the Human Resources Administration (HRA).
For the past four years, I’ve always received MetroCard money every week from (HRA).
If I’m correct, the public assistance students would receive the MetroCard money regardless if school was open or on break.
Then the MetroCard money was only given when school was open.
For some reason, last semester, the MetroCard money started a few weeks into the semester.
It’s October 10, 2023, over a month into the semester, and I’m not receiving the MetroCard money from HRA.
I’ve politely and respectfully asked Baruch College CUNY Edge about it, and they said they are waiting to hear from HRA.
I’ve politely and respectfully asked the people at Benefits Access Centers (BAC) – HRA located at 109 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003, regarding the situation.
They said they didn’t have any information.
Did HRA cut off all CUNY public assistance students from the MetroCard money?
Did HRA cut off all New York City public assistance full-time college students from MetroCards?
I’m guessing there are thousands of CUNY students who receive public assistance.
After all these years, are they cutting the MetroCard money?
Is there any way to find out if all CUNY public assistance students have been cut off from the MetroCard money?
I’m trying to find out if everyone was cut off or just some students.
I just had the idea while writing this note to contact other schools outside of CUNY to see if I can gather any information.
I’m going to call/email New York City colleges outside of the CUNY system starting tonight and see if they have any information.
For me, treating Baruch College staff, professors, and students respectfully is more important than anything.
The majority of Baruch College staff and professors are stellar.
I’ve navigated some interesting situations at Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College.
The key to my success at Baruch College was and is always to treat all Baruch College staff, professors, and students politely and respectfully.
Regardless of how badly I’m ever treated on occasion at Baruch College, I always treat all Baruch College staff, professors, and students with the utmost respect at all times.
I’m looking at the big picture.
No matter what.
For example, Baruch College students crash into me, shove their phones in my face, harass me in the bathroom, and much more.
I’m sure most Baruch College students are great.
There are a number of Baruch College students harassing other students.
There was graffiti in the 6-floor vertical building bathroom today.
The same thing goes for Baruch College staff and professors.
I just act politely and respectfully and move away when allowed.
If something is very obvious and I see a security camera nearby, I’ll polietly and respectfully alert Baruch College security via email.
One time I reported a Baruch College student, and I don’t remember hearing anything further about it.
I’ve reported students for harassing me at BMCC and LaGuardia too, and I never heard anything further about it.
I understand that people are busy and they have to prioritize issues.
I’ve had a small number of Baruch College staff and professor treat me negatively.
Security guards trying to crash into me in the lobby of the library building for some reason.
I documented the time and date somewhere if you want to look at the security video.
I moved out of the way.
It’s no big deal.
A lot of people, not me, play that crash-into-people game in Manhattan.
It’s nothing new.
I always treat all security guards with the utmost respect at all times, regardless of how they treat me.
Apart from that one incident, they are all very nice.
Anytime I speak with a Baruch College security guard, on the rare occasion, I audio record the polite and respectful conversation with my phone to be safe.
I navigated the situations professionally, politely, and respectfully.
I’ve dealt with much worse than any abuse I’ve received at Baruch College, so I’m used to it.
I’m optimistic and in good spirits, as always.
I’ve proven myself to be a serious, polite, and respectful student at Baruch College, and I’m continuing on the same path.
I have a 3.8 GPA with approximately 8 classes to go.
Regardless if I graduate with a 3.8 or a 2.0, the important thing is that I will continue to treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times, and I’ll graduate.
I’ll respectfully report things occasionally to cover myself.
I’m going to utilize the Baruch College opportunity to elevate my life.
I started a little business while I’m here called Mark Pine Opinion.
I’m working on additional entrepreneurial ventures in my spare time.
I’m giving my little side entrepreneurial ventures my all and trying to turn them into money, so I have a career before graduation.
Of course, schoolwork is the number one priority.
I’m studying for Spanish every day, and the class doesn’t start for 3 weeks.
I wanted to mention something regarding documenting my polite and respectful behavior at Baruch College.
My polite and respectful behavior and treating people respectfully is the most important thing at Baruch College.
I’m always concerned about Baruch College students or others making up lies about my polite and respectful behavior because of how many times I’ve been harassed at Baruch College by people I don’t know.
Baruch College is very valuable to me.
I’m guessing the Baruch College students that are harassing me are trying to get me in trouble with the school.
Why else would they be harassing me?
The same thing used to happen at the public assistance job program.
There were people trying to pick fights with people to get them kicked out.
Most of the individuals at Baruch College are here to help each other and elevate their lives.
As is life, when there are tens of thousands of people in one organization, there are always going to be some looking to start trouble.
That’s nothing new.
It’s nothing I haven’t dealt with for decades.
I’m almost 47.
I don’t drink.
I don’t smoke.
I don’t party.
I don’t date.
I don’t have a criminal record.
I don’t do anything illegal.
That’s how I choose to live my life.
I’ve had many Baruch College students harass me in classes, inside the buildings, in the bathrooms, and off campus.
I have no idea who the students are, and even if I did, the best thing to do to someone harassing me is to be polite or ignore them.
I ignore anyone at Baruch College that is harassing me or act professionally or politely if it’s a situation I have to endure.
Life isn’t perfect.
I make the best of all situations.
I’ve had Baruch College students verbally attack me during mandatory in-class student groups.
I just take the abuse and act politely.
One time I sat down in a student group with 4 Baruch College students and me.
Within a minute of sitting down, the 4 Baruch College students started verbally attacking me.
I never spoke with any of the Baruch College students in the group before in my life.
I don’t know their identities.
Of course, it bounced right off me.
I’ve been physically attacked and robbed outside of Baruch College.
Words bounce off me.
I keep my cool when I’m physically attacked and robbed.
I’m used to it.
I don’t like it, although it’s nothing new.
I have so many police reports for being robbed in Manhattan from the NYPD I lost count.
My phone was stolen 3 times last semester.
I was robbed in Manhattan approximately 4 or 5 times last semester, Spring 2023.
I just get back up and keep trying to elevate my life.
Another time I was in a mandatory student pair with one Baruch College student.
The Baruch College student was verbally attacking me as usual.
At one point, the Baruch College student told me not to go to the bathroom so the student could continue verbally attacking me.
I went to the bathroom and acted politely and respectfully.
It seemed like the person was trying to pick a fight or start an argument with me.
My focus is treating people politely and respectfully, plus my career.
I have a few new strategies to document my polite and respectful Baruch College behavior that I wanted to mention that I’m excited about for Fall 2023 and beyond.
I purchased new laptops on the web with my student loans for a great price before the cost went up.
Now I have a little more ability to do more on the web.
I use 2 types of software to record my polite and respectful behavior at Baruch College.
I’m using them now.
They are called screencast and loom.com.
Anytime I’m at Baruch College, without exception, I alternate back and forth from screencast to loom.com
I may add a 3rd software into the mix now that I’m thinking about it.
Screencast and loom.com are recording my face at all times from my laptop camera.
Screencast and loom.com also record my laptop screen at all times.
I stop and start both screencast and loom.com every 10 to 20 minutes.
Therefore even if I lose a video clip, I have hours of polite and respectful behavior videos from every day at Baruch College showing that I’m acting professionally, respectfully, and politely at all times.
Screencast and loom.com can also record audio.
I’m not going to use screencast and loom.com to record audio at Baruch College.
I will only record video of myself and my laptop screen.
I hope that’s enough evidence to prove that I’m polite and respectful at all times at Baruch College.
I also create tons of little selfie videos of myself for social media that I’m constantly posting on the web.
Of course, when I create selfie videos, it’s just me.
There are no Baruch College students in the videos.
I could spend hours working on this email, although I’m going to stop now.
The most important things at Baruch College:
1. Treat all Baruch College staff, professors, and students with the utmost respect at all times, no matter what.
2. Never cheat.
I would never use Artificial Intelligence to cheat.
I’m not an expert in AI, although I think students are going to be getting kicked out of schools a lot trying to use AI work as their own.
This email is over 1,000 words.
I don’t need AI to write or cheat.
3. Plagiarism of any kind is an immediate disaster.
Don’t need it.
Would never do it.
It can be easily detected.
4. Dating is one of the quickest ways to get kicked out of college.
I wouldn’t date anyone at Baruch College if someone offered me $10,000,000 for one date upfront in my bank account.
There are millions of people in Manhattan.
I’m not dating anyone.
If I were, it would be someone not connected to Baruch College that can go to Title 9 and get me kicked out of school in the blink of an eye.