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Email to a teacher about reviewing my homework before I officially submit it.

Greetings Professor,

Attached are two parts of the first homework. I wanted to send them to you to see if you can provide feedback before I turn in the assignment. If you would rather I turn them in and wait for the grade, going forward I will directly submit without asking for feedback. From my experience, some teachers provide feedback before I officially submit the homework for a grade and others don’t.

Either or is fine, I figure I might as well ask because it’s a major advantage when professors give feedback pre-submit. Either way, I love this class and I can already tell I’m going to be a better writer by the end of the semester. Knowing that you are a professional journalist is making me want to enhance my writing because I know you can see right through my shortcomings as a writer. One thing I haven’t been doing enough is studying professional writers. I’m going to start reading more in my spare time so I can analyze how the pros construct articles.

Please advise.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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Email to a teacher at CUNY about privacy between students.

Greetings,

First and foremost, and most importantly, I treat all staff at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. I love CUNY. I have gained tremendously from being a student at CUNY. I understand everyone is doing their best under the circumstances. I am confident that you are a phenomenal teacher because all my teachers at CUNY have been outstanding. Thank you very much for the feedback. 

I like to live my life on the cautious side (that is the understatement of the century). It’s one thing to interact with students at school with the teachers supervising, no last names, and no contact information is shared. My issue is interacting with students without the teacher supervising. My other concern is the school sharing student’s personal information with me and vice versa. 

I’m 100% willing to go above and beyond to succeed in your class. I’m studying and doing homework today for 8 to 10 hours and the school hasn’t started yet. I’m studying for classes that I’m not taking for another semester or two in addition to all the schoolwork I have to turn in this semester (math and bio). I’m going to ace math and bio. 

To stay on the cautious side I have contacted various CUNY offices and staff to figure out how to continue to succeed at school and get past a few hurdles. Not just in your class. In all my classes. 

To illustrate: 

1. I’m trying to avoid any student’s personal information nor do I want any students having my personal information. If it happens, there is nothing I can do about it besides erase it. I’m going on the record that I don’t want it. 

2. I’m trying to avoid signing up for any group chats with students.

3. I’m trying to avoid interacting with students online.

I’m a 44 years young homeless person. If I have any misunderstanding with a student, I’m gone. I’m walking on eggshells to enhance my life. I don’t want to jeopardize the little I have left. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party at all. I don’t have a criminal record. I just want to get a diploma. I’m not looking to socialize with students. When I do interact with students at school, I treat them with the same respect that I treat the staff. 

I 100% respect your position. I’m not going to say I understand exactly how this class is going to unfold because I haven’t taken it. I am trying to figure out how I can function as a one-man play instead of a full cast and crew. 

If you look at CUNY first (attached), front and center it’s talking about sexual harassment between students. That is why I’m taking every precaution possible to not even put myself in a situation where there can be a misunderstanding. I was able to achieve a 4.0 GPA after 27 credits during my first year at school without any issues.

Before I started at CUNY people at HRA told us if we even look in a woman’s direction that it could be considered leering and we could have our public assistance case FTC. Fail to comply. Looking in a women’s direction can result in our food supply, SNAP, cash assistance, etc. being shut off. Then the staff at the welfare job office would tease us every day and yell FTC over and over. I do not want to go back there. 

Now I’m at CUNY and it’s a similar situation. It says right on the CUNY.edu homepage “combating sexual misconduct.” I’m combating it by staying out of any situation that puts me in direct contact with student’s personal information, online conversations, group chats, etc. 

I keep to myself. I make the best of all situations. I feel like at this point I have no choice but to explain myself. I am in such a delicate position in life, I can not be responsible for how other people act and focus on my studies. 

There are a lot of people at CUNY who are connected and have pull. I’m not connected and I don’t have any pull. If I don’t keep myself on the perfect path at school I can be tossed out of CUNY in one second flat. I don’t want that to happen. 

I signed up for extra classes so at the end of the day I can still earn 12 credits and be a full-time student if I drop this class. I don’t want to drop the class. I just wanted to let you know, it’s not a huge pressure situation. 

I have the utmost respect for you and all CUNY teachers. I can’t imagine how much competition there is to get a job at CUNY. Especially these days.

Hopefully, there will be a simple solution. If not I would be happy to take the class with you when school is back in person. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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Email to the sexual harassment office at my CUNY school. I’m steering clear of student’s personal information. I’m also avoiding private unsupervised online meetings with my classmates.

Greetings,

I treat all CUNY staff with the utmost respect at all times, regardless if I agree with their policies or not. I love CUNY. I think it’s a great opportunity. The staff is amazing. 

I’m going full steam ahead with schoolwork so I don’t have hours to write a detailed email at this minute. 

Every class this semester is either sending me full contact information and full names of every student and wants me to confirm that I received it or is requiring me to have private internet meetings with students that are not supervised by a teacher. 

I don’t want personal information for any students, female or male. I don’t want to be in any internet group chats with students. I don’t want to be in any private groups with students.

I can get the work done for these classes without having the personal contact information of other students. It’s one thing to be in class but to be interacting with students without a teacher supervising, I don’t think it’s professional. 

I think CUNY is doing a great job with distance learning. The only issue I have is the sharing of student’s personal information between students. Also, I’m not a fan of forcing students to interact with each other online without a teacher supervising. 

I have proven I’m a respectful and serious student. At the end of the day, all the sharing of personal info and a few group meetings should not exclude me from an education because I don’t want to take part in it. 

There have been multiple CUNY teachers fired for inappropriate behavior and misunderstandings with students. I don’t know for sure but I’d imagine there have been students expelled from school because of misunderstandings or inappropriate behavior between students.  

I’m staying clear of interacting with students until I’m back in the bio lab when school opens back up. Even then it will be on a first-name basis and nothing outside of class. 

Please advise what the policy is. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward and respectfully, 

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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The follow-up email to my professor about privacy between students.

Greetings,

I’m cc’ing the Chancellor and sexual harassment office on this email. It has nothing to do with you. In my school of thought, there is an issue here that they might want to address at all the schools. I’ve emailed both offices about privacy previously. 

Thank you for the quick response. I appreciate the opportunity to remain silent during class. Thank you for understanding. Hopefully, we will be back in class in the next semester or two (or three). Once back, I’ll have my hand up every day as usual. I always participate in class. I love school.  

On to the issue of group chat. I don’t want to be in a web-based group chat system where I’m exposed to student’s personal information, full names, emails, phone numbers, etc. I don’t want to know the personal information of students and I don’t want them having mine. I treat everyone with the utmost respect. I also want my privacy. I know I’m being overly cautious but I’d rather be safe than sorry. 

From a strategy standpoint, I’m 10X better as a student now than I was 6 or 12 months ago. I sign up for extra classes every semester just in case I have to drop 1 or 2. I want to be in this class because the information looks phenomenal. I have the book, I’m ready to dig in. Worst case scenario, if I have to drop the class, it’s OK.

My question is this. You sent a syllabus with the whole class explained perfectly. I have your email address. I’m going to be online watching all the classes. Can I please be excused from the group chat?

I’m working on technology startups. I can make a big breakthrough at any time. I don’t want to jeopardize it. A big part of what is keeping me going and in the game is CUNY. I love CUNY, I’m going to graduate school at CUNY, who knows maybe I’ll work for CUNY one day. 

I have computer equipment, phone, bills paid, food in my stomach all because of CUNY. That is why I have a 4.0 GPA with a 100% attendance record and I treat all CUNY staff and students with the utmost respect at all times. Plus I’m a respectful person. The support staff at CUNY and the teachers are remarkable. 

I don’t want to know the student’s full names and email addresses in any of my classes. School is my number 1, 2, 3 priority. I’m not in a rush when it pertains to submitting quality schoolwork to teachers. If I have the occasional question, I’ll email you. 

I don’t feel comfortable with group chat between students. I just received the notification to join and there are student’s full names in the email. I don’t want that information. 

Yesterday I received an email from a teacher with every single student’s full name and email address that is in my class. Now I’m receiving an invitation to join a group chat which I can see from the invite has every student’s full name and maybe additional information. 

With social media and people looking each other up, I think it’s a potential liability that student’s personal information is being shared with classmates. It’s none of my business, it’s just my opinion. I keep quiet about my views at school. I have no choice but to explain myself here because I want to stay in this class. 

If there is any way to be a part of this class without being exposed to the personal information (full name, any form of contact) of the student’s please let me know. Last year I stayed clear of all student’s personal information. As I mentioned I earned a 4.0 GPA with 100% attendance and 27 credits earned. Even when my GPA drops, the main thing is to give college my all and enjoy learning. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. I live my life all the way on the cautious side. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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The first email of the semester to my politics professor.

Greetings Professor,

I’m looking forward to learning about politics. I would like to be president of the United States one day, Governor of New York or Mayor of New York City. 

Is the slack channel mandatory? Is there going to be information in there that isn’t anywhere else? Please advise.

Also, regarding zoom, if it’s OK with you I like to watch and listen but not speak. I have been homeless for about 5 years and I use the internet in the subway. There is a lot of people yelling and background noise and things like that. Also, I’m not big on video calls. 

I’m a serious student. I have a 4.0 GPA after 27 credits. More importantly, I have a 100% attendance rate and I treat all CUNY staff with the utmost respect at all times. I love CUNY, it’s an amazing opportunity. It’s helping me in the real world. 

I tend to keep to myself as much as possible at school. Especially regarding the students. I’m 44, I’m not really looking to socialize with the students. I prefer to network outside of school for business. I’m working on startups to pay for my political campaigns and next apartment. 

One thing I would love to see one day is voting from our computers. I believe a company like Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc. could create a system that would allow people to vote from their computers, verify identity, etc. 

Furthermore, people could be notified about future elections via email and become more involved in the political process. Independents who aren’t on the ballot could have a code to vote for them in the web-based system. I can also imagine people voting on issues, not just for politicians. 

People can say there would be voter fraud. My answer to that is we bank online and that’s money. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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Email to the Chancellor and sexual harassment office at CUNY.

Greetings,

One of my teachers sent an email with the whole class’s emails. I’m not saying which teacher. I copy and pasted the message and erased the email.

Between you and me I don’t understand with all the sexual harassment messages and warnings on the CUNY websites why teachers don’t keep student’s emails private?

You don’t have to worry about me because New York law enforcement made me never want to date again. I think emails should be private and every student should not have other student’s emails without their permission.

A few of the staff members at CUNY have shared the emails freely. I erase it every time.

I treat all the staff with the utmost respect at all times. I just wanted to mention it to you because you’re in charge of the whole school.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

Am I right or wrong, what do you think? Here is the follow up email.

Greetings,

I’m not sure why I was just sent an email with every girl in my classes email and full name? I see sexual harassment warnings posted all over the CUNY websites. The first email I get coming back to school contains every girls email in my class? Isn’t that against privacy rules? Why aren’t teachers being told to b’cc everyone? I treat all the teachers and staff with the utmost respect at all times. That doesn’t mean I can’t respectfully report something.

This class is very important to me. I do not want to upset the teacher. Maybe all colleges do this. I don’t know. I don’t want any students to have my email. People I know pay the top former NYPD private detectives to harass me. They had so many girls try and set me up I lost count. I don’t mention that at school to anyone besides the group on this email.

One more time. I treat everyone at the NYC Comptroller’s office, HRA, and CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. I just don’t understand why CUNY staff keeps emailing me female student contact information, names, emails, etc. in bulk. This has been going on every semester.

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t do anything illegal. I keep to myself. I treat everyone with the utmost respect. I don’t talk about the NYPD torturing me at school. Last night I was robbed and beaten for the 1000 time in NYC. The NYPD covered it up like they always do.

CUNY is all I have left. I don’t understand why I have been emailed 100’s of female students’ email addresses and full names? I don’t want it. If it’s mandatory to attend CUNY as a male student part of the process is the CUNY staff will email you hundreds of girls full names and contact information, I guess I have no choice. I’m reporting this to any college association I can if there are any out there. I’m not saying a word about this to my teacher. You can say anything you want I’m not saying a word.

Please advise.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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Email I’m sending to the financial aid office of every college in New York City about my 2020 HRA public assistance case recertification.

Greetings,

I’m a student at CUNY. I’m trying to find out the rules regarding student loans and public assistance. I’ve already gone through all the proper channels and I still don’t know.

This year my HRA public assistance case recertification was moved from November 2020 to December 2020. My student loans are going to land into my Chase Bank account a few weeks before my HRA public assistance case recertification. The amount is about $5000.

I was told by staff at CUNY and HRA Waverly Job Center that I can receive student loans and public assistance at the same time. No one at CUNY or HRA is certain if having thousands of dollars in my bank account or a large student loan deposit at the same time as my HRA public assistance recertification is going to affect my case.

If anyone has the answer please let me know.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

Some of the schools responded and said to contact my financial aid office. This is the email I responded to them with:

Greetings,

I’m confident CUNY has a lot of people who are on public assistance and financial aid. I asked them if receiving a $5000 cash deposit from student loans a few days or weeks before my HRA public assistance case recertification will affect my recertification and they said they weren’t sure. 

That is why I’m contacting every college in New York City to try and find a staff member who might have experience with this specific situation. I mentioned in my initial email that I already went through all the proper channels and I still don’t have an answer. 

I’d rather spend the time now to figure out the situation than wait and have an issue in the middle of the winter when I need to be focusing on my studies. My current GPA is a 4.0 after 27 credits and I’m doing everything in my power to maintain it. 

My school said they haven’t had a student with this specific issue so they can’t provide a definitive answer. They are as helpful and friendly as can be, they just don’t know. If it wasn’t for the awesome support at CUNY I wouldn’t have a 4.0 GPA. 

I guess no one on HRA public assistance has taken a direct loan of $5,000. 

If there is anyone else at the school who has experience with student loans and HRA public assistance please forward this email to them. My thought process is there has to be someone at one of the NYC colleges who has the answer. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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How to potentially succeed in math and other subjects at college and high school.

In addition to your current studies, always study for the next year or next semester’s math in advance. Contact your school, math department, get videos, and books. Find out what information you can find out about the math you are going to have to learn next. 

The earlier you start, the more time your brain has to digest the material. You should be studying for high school math in middle school, college math in high school, and keep staying ahead of the game. Take your time, relax, and start absorbing the information at your own pace. Instead of following celebrities, playing video games, drinking, and vaping; spend time learning the next math you are going to have to face and studying for every subject early.

It’s August 2020 and my school doesn’t start until September 14, 2020. I contacted all my teachers, the various departments, and advisors at the CUNY college I attend in New York City. I gathered information about what math I’m going to be required to learn, and some of my teachers told me what textbooks to buy a month or more before class starts. 

Do you know how good it feels to be this far ahead of the game at school? It feels amazing. I like to keep school drama free at all times. I have a 4.0 GPA at college after 27 credits. Even if my GPA drops down to 3.5 in the future the main thing is I’m always ahead of the game and I’m never stressing. I can’t be as creative when I’m racing a school deadline at the last minute. 

When I’m assigned any type of homework, essay, etc. I jump on it immediately. I don’t care if it’s not due for a month or months. I’ll knock it out in a few days or a week. Then I will email it to the library, writing center, and my teacher. I always ask for the teacher’s permission if I can utilize the library and writing center before I send it to them. 

After I get the feedback, I upgrade the paper and submit it for an A. When people see you focusing on schoolwork and applying yourself, doors might open and you will have momentum on your side. I enjoy school and it’s definitely helping me become a better entrepreneur. In my humble opinion, nothing is difficult when you have extra time to spend with the material. There might be a lot of memorization in certain classes. Again, the more you forge ahead the better. 

I’ve been studying for Algebra and Trigonometry for more than a year before I signed up to take it. I’m not showing up for class and having the teacher drop the whole world on my head the first day and playing catch up the whole semester. That’s not how you succeed. Start studying now for everything and position yourself for success. 

More tips:

  1. When writing essays, I Google the phrase synonym for X. That way I don’t keep repeating the same words in my papers. To illustrate, I got the two words to forge ahead from that method. 
  2. If you don’t want to use a million pieces of paper when practicing math, you can use a tablet, or you can write in pencil and have a big eraser. That’s what I’m doing instead of writing in pen and going through loads of paper. 
  3. One final trick is when I write essays in Google Docs or Microsoft Word, I make the font size 14 or 18 so I can actually see what I’m writing. I have 20/20 eyesight. Regardless, the 12 font size is too small for me when I’m writing. I’ll change the font to 18 and then convert it back when I turn it in. Usually, teachers ask for a size 12 font. I find it more pleasurable to write in 18. 
  4. Research everything early, stop waiting until the last minute or when things are even close. 
  5. The world is not coming to an end. Position yourself for success. 
  6. I think everyone should obtain a real estate salesperson’s license. That’s is my humble opinion. 
  7. Research companies in your state, the US, and the whole world. See what people are doing to earn money. You might find something you like. 
  8. If you want to make a positive change in the world one idea is to land a job working for the government. 

Disclaimers: Use this information at your own risk. Results are not guaranteed. All information is subject to change.