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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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College Government Opinion

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. 

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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.

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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 

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Email update to the CUNY EDGE office from me.

CUNY EDGE is my bridge between The City Univerity of New York and The New York City Human Resources Administration / Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS).

YouTube video: CUNY EDGE at Hunter by Cesar Perez. Video from the Hunter College Journalism YouTube channel.

Greetings, 

I started studying at least 5 to 10 hours a day for MAT 115. I have PDFs, downloaded the textbook, and subscribed to 3 different video tutors in addition to YouTube. I’m studying as if the final is in a week and the class doesn’t start for a month.

I want to have studied at least 200 hours for MAT 115 between now and when school starts in September. I contacted all my teachers and asked if I could buy the textbooks so I can read them during the break. One of my teachers in addition to math told me what textbook to buy and I rented a digital copy for less than $20. 

I earned a 4.0 GPA with a 100% attendance after 27 credits. I’ll always have above a 3.0, hopefully, higher. One thing I know for sure is that I’m a 100% better student now than I was 12 or 6 months ago. I know how to stay ahead of the game and keep learning fun. 

The key for me is to obtain the information for classes as early as possible and get moving on assignments the minute they are assigned or earlier. I’m getting help from the library, writing center, and several additional sources. I treat everyone with the utmost respect at all times and I can’t wait to see what doors open up for me when I have a college education.

I visited the Waverly Job Center last week and updated my information so they have my new mailing address. They might start paying my storage again which would be magnificent. I’m making the best of my situation and I have my eye on the future. 

Please let me know if you require any further information from me. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.