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Email to CUNY English Department about how to improve classes [opinion].

Greetings Professor and English Department, 

I would like to provide quick feedback, including my opinion on how to improve all the English classes. 

I feel many of the decisions are up to the school, state, federal government, etc. Nonetheless here is my view on how the classes can be elevated. 

There are several digital resources on the web about how to write essays, how to improve grammar, how to be a better writer, etc. As a student, I have no idea which of these resources are credible and apply the English class I’m taking. 

The English department, the school, and the professors can’t replicate all that content. In my humble opinion, they should make use of it. For example, YouTube videos, articles, websites, mobile apps, etc. 

Regardless of what English class it is, the professor, department, and anyone else who is involved should spend a few days, weeks, months, going through the various resources and filter out the quality ones. 

If there is an assignment to write an analytical essay for an English class, provide a dozen additional resources available for free on the internet that would allow students to dig in deeper and write it better. Even if only 3 to 5 percent of students use the digital resources, that will make it worthwhile for the ones who are going the extra mile to learn the material and go for the A. 

I have a feeling the percentage will be higher than that. To illustrate, if you recommend YouTube videos people will watch them. If the school wants to create the content themselves, that’s great, in the meantime, it’s sitting on the web right now. The issue is, we the students need professionals to filter out what’s real and what’s not applicable. 

The professors can share a PDF with all the links at the beginning of the semester. That way students can spend their time productively and learn the information for the whole semester immediately if they take the initiative. The links can also be given as an attachment with each assignment. 

[Opinion] Grammarly.com should be recommended to all students. 

The school should make a deal with them and provide the premium version for free. I’ve become a much better writer because of it. It’s not fair for some of the students to have it and not others. I’m homeless and I have the premium version purchased with student loan money. 

I have a lot more ideas but those two would be a game-changer. I’m confident the powers that be have thought about everything I’ve written, regardless these are my ideas. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine 

I love CUNY. 

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College New York City Opinion

Email to the CUNY Chancellor about a remarkable professor.

Greetings everyone,

Professor X is as sharp as a tack.

I’ve been a student at LaGuardia Community College for 3 semesters. I’m transferring to Baruch College next semester.

I’m going on the record right now that the way Professor X set up Blackboard is the most organized I have ever seen it. Regardless if you stick with Blackboard or use another system everyone should see how it’s supposed to be organized. When it’s not organized students miss important information and fail.

I give Professor X a 4.0 for organizing Blackboard, being an awesome professor, and making learning fun. If we were in school I would have had my hand up in every class asking questions.

Furthermore, the preliminary review Professor X provided for my term paper shows how seriously she/he takes the job of teaching.

We need more professors like Professor X.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

Disclaimer: I have been homeless for about 5 years. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t have a criminal record. I treat everyone with the utmost respect at all times.

Long story short, there are some people I know who are harassing me. I’ve contacted the proper authorities and hopefully, they will be arrested one day.

The reason I mention this is because people keep going into all my online accounts, email, etc. They sabotage the accounts and impersonate me to try and get me in trouble. I don’t understand why people are harassing a homeless person who minds his business 100% of the time and doesn’t owe anyone anything.

Regardless, I’m not giving up. I’m working 7 days a week to try and get an apartment and succeed at college.

If anyone ever receives an email from this email address that isn’t 100% respectful please alert me so I can forward it to the NYPD. Thank you for your consideration and have a great day.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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Email to a CUNY professor about my grades.

Greetings Professor,

Thank you very much for the generous grades and feedback on how to improve my research project. You allow students to learn without putting them in a pressure cooker.

Currently, I have 349 out of 365.

The only score I see that is less than one hundred percent is the 60 out of 65 for the research paper. It’s no big deal, I was just curious how did I lose the other 11 points?

Please advise.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.