College Opinion

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. 

College Opinion

Message to the financial aid office at CUNY. I’m actually not complaining about them if you can believe it. So far they have treated me like gold.

I’m complaining about everyone else.

Good Morning,

I just received an email showing my Tap has been removed for Fall 2020. Was that because of our conversation yesterday? I changed my mind and I’m going to try to earn 12 credits towards my major during Fall 2020. I’m signed up for 21 credits for Fall 2020. At least 15 credits count toward my major. All I need is 12 if I’m correct.

Also, the digital journalism class might count towards my major. I have to figure it out. If not I’ll try for 15 credits. For $700 it’s worth it. I’m working on school stuff every day during the break and studying. I’m not waiting for school to start. I have half of my books already and I’m studying for 5 hours or more per day now.

I appreciate all your help. The opportunity for someone in my position to go to school and get all the electronic equipment (laptops, phones, tablets, etc.) is amazing. I appreciate it as much or more than anyone. I want to maximize the opportunity and earn hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars before I graduate by doing marketing or creating a startup with crowdfunding. It might sound far fetched but I once sold an apartment at The Trump World Tower for $3.8 million that was owned by the President of the United States. I also recently got my New York State real estate brokers’ license back. Anything is possible, it’s still America. I believe in it.

I would love to show you and everyone at CUNY that I pay off all the debt in 1 check before I graduate and get a roof over my head. It would be a great story and I believe you would be proud of me after seeing how low I started from LOL.

Please advise when you are available.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

College Opinion

Questions for transfer services at my CUNY community college.

YouTube video: Understanding Transfer at CUNY from the OAA CUNY YouTube channel.

Questions for transfer services at my college. 

I am a community college student at the City University of New York. I’m not too concerned about earning an associate’s degree. I’m focused on obtaining a bachelor’s degree. I’m an all or nothing type of person. Also, I plan on starting my own companies so I’m not going to require an associate’s degree for a job. There are a lot of magnificent jobs that might require an associate’s degree. If you fall into that category it makes perfect sense to go for the associate’s degree before transferring. 

So far I have a 4.0 GPA after 27 credits. I’m not exactly sure when I want to transfer. Probably in the next 1 to 3 semesters. Now that I started to think about transferring I have questions about how to ensure the transition is seamless. I find it best to ask as many questions as possible as early as possible so I stay ahead of the game at college.

Because of everything that is going on all the appointments with transfer services at my school are being held via video call, chat, and electronically. Personally, I prefer to communicate with teachers and staff at my school via email. The following are a few questions I’m sending to the transfer services office at my community college. 

Greetings Transfer Services,

I’m thinking about transferring to a 4-year CUNY college in the next couple of semesters. I’m not exactly sure when yet. It might be either Spring 2021 or Fall 2021. I have a few questions regarding how to make the process as seamless as possible. Any information you can provide would be appreciated. Currently, my GPA is a 4.0 after 27 credits. Fall 1 starts in a month and I’m already studying 5 to 10 hours a day for my classes to ensure I maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher. 

  1. How do I sign up for classes at the 4-year college once I am accepted and am 100% ready to make the switch from community college to the 4-year school? 
  2. How do I move my financial aid over to the 4-year college? 
  3. Please provide any additional tips that can help make the transition as smooth as possible. What else should I look out for? 

Please provide any information you deem appropriate. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine