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Mike's suitemate CoreyMusic- Rap, Hip-Hop, Rock, Techno, Trance, House
Movie- Scarface
TV Show- Entourage
Food- Tuna Melt
Sport- Football
Team- New York Yankees

"Today is a gift, that's why we call it the present."



Mike with his roommate Jason

Mike with his roommate Jason

Kevin and Kevin

Mike's suitemates Kevin and Kevin


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Meet Mike:

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Who he is...

Bayside, Queens

High School: Benjamin N. Cardozo High School

Major/Minor: Undecided

Most inspirational person: My mom (who else?)


Great DaneDecember 6, 2005

Mike studying in his roomHey guys. Hope everyone's week is getting off to a good start. As most of you know, this is the last full week of classes. Next week is finals week, and then the winter break. I've got mixed emotions about the entire situation... anxiousness, relief, exhaustion! However, the most important thing for me to be doing now is studying, not worrying. I'm sure the biggest question on your mind right now is "How does Mike Pinto study?" No worries, I'll let you in on my techniques. First, I am extremely lazy and do not feel like walking to the library or study groups. I always study and write my papers in my own room. If you're one of those people as well, make sure you have a considerate roommate who won't blast his music or television while you're studying.

Mike studying in his common roomI also enjoy studying in my common room, because I have the opportunity to take a quick pause and watch my suitemates play Playstation 2 or Gamecube... which they are always doing! Each person has their own way of studying, and this way happens to work for me. If you need peace and quiet, or feel better studying with a group of people, then I definitely recommend going to the library or pursuing study groups. Otherwise, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy finals!


Great DaneNovember 29, 2005

Mike in the UAlbany RACC gymI hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving break. Mine was definitely relaxing. I got back to Albany on Sunday night and went straight to sleep. On Monday I went to my Language and Social Action class, then my survey of Jewish Civilization class. After my last class, I took an hour nap and headed over to the RACC (UAlbany gym) with 2 of my friends. I took pictures of my friends and me using some of the Mike's friend in the gymmachines. I was at the gym for about an hour and a half. After the gym, I went over to the Campus Center to grab a bite to eat, came back to my room, and watched a few movies. Since my first class is at 5:45 P.M. on Tuesday, I was able to sleep late, head back over to the RACC, do some work, and go to Business Law. Hmm... maybe I should get a job!


Great DaneNovember 11, 2005

I hope everyone had a good three day weekend. I know I did. I went home to Queens to visit my family, and then went to Manhattan for two days. I got back to Albany Sunday night, and went straight to sleep. On Monday morning, I had my advisor meeting at 8:30 A.M. My advisor gave me my AVN number, which enabled me to register for classes on Tuesday. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to enroll in the COM 203y class, because it is a sophomore level class. I am taking Exploration of Space instead.

In other news... I did pretty poorly on my Survey of Jewish Civilization Midterm. I need to improve drastically on the final to achieve a decent grade. I got an A on my Communication test, however. I am pretty relieved about that.

Besides finals, the only assignments I have left are two papers for my Survey of Jewish Civilization class, an extra credit assignment for my Language and Social Action (Communication) class, and a final paper for my UUNI 150 community service class (the class that I am doing these entries for.) I am going to do them during the long awaited THANKSGIVING BREAK! Just writing this gets me in a good mood.


Great DaneNovember 2, 2005

Midterms are almost over, and I am pretty exhausted. I had 2 midterms already... Business Law and Internet and Information Access. I think I did ok on both. I have a test next Wednesday in my Language and Social Action class, but I don't think it is considered a mid-term. My Survey of Jewish Civilization midterm is tomorrow, and I haven't had much time to study for it, and am pretty nervous. I am probably going to pull an all-nighter and review all of the material. I also have a paper due for that class at the end of November. I am going to start it soon so it doesn't get pushed to the last minute.

It's also that time of the year to pick my classes for next term. I can enroll on November 8th at 9:00 A.M. Before you enroll, you need to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to receive your AVN number. I scheduled mine for last week, and completely forgot about it. I just rescheduled another one for Friday, November 4th at 8:50 A.M. I am making sure that I wake up for this one! I've been making some model schedules for myself for next term, and have decided on the following five classes...

COM 203Y- Speech Comprehension and Presentation
MAT 108- Elementary Statistics
SOC 180- Social Problems
LIN 100- Understanding Language
MUS 293- The Music Industry

I've decided to declare myself as a Communication major and minor in Sociology. I figured that I might as well get a head start on the pre-requisite classes as early as I possibly can. I am taking statistics because it is the only math class that I need to take at UAlbany, and I also need it to be a Communication major. I am taking the linguistics class to improve my writing skills. Last but not least, I am taking music industry because I have always loved music and see myself doing marketing or something along those lines for a music corporation one day. I think this will be a beneficial schedule for me --I just hope there aren't a lot of papers!


Great DaneOctober 23, 2005

Sidney Albert Albany JCCToday was a very interesting day. I woke up at around 11:00 A.M. to a phone call from my friends who were going to the Sidney Albert Albany JCC to help out at something called "Kinderfair..."

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FREE and open to entire community
Free Medical screenings, Entertainment by Radio Disney's Phil N Good, Free Child ID Cards, Channel 9's Storm Chaser, Kosher Food at a nominal fee and much more.

I decided to go, because I figured it would definitely be worthy enough to be posted on here. Boy was I right! Even though it was intended for 6 year olds, my friends and I had a lot of fun. When we got there, our job was to basically help ouMike changing into the McGruff costumet as much as we could. One of my friends got to stand in front of the green screen and read the weather from the monitor. We have it on video.

Of course, I got the "privilege" of wearing the McGruff costume. After spending a little over an hour in it, I can truthfully say that the person who wears the Great Dane costume is my new hero. You couldn't pay me to wear something like that again! As excruciating as it was, seeing the little kids' expressions when they saw McGruff was worth it.


Great DaneOctober 13, 2005

First off, I would like to apologize for not updating the site. These past 2 weeks have been pretty crazy...

Mike sickA few days before the Rosh Hashanah vacation, I came down with some sort of virus. I was barely able to make it to my classes, let alone type a coherent sentence. I did have enough common sense to take a picture of myself when I was sick... so you all could see. I had to go home a few days early to get medical treatment. For those of you wondering, I am all better now.

Mike's hard driveWhen I got back to school on October 5th, I discovered that my hard drive had fried. Everything on my computer was gone. I have no idea how or why it happened, but I do know that it took until yesterday for me to get it fixed. You can all see a picture of my broken hard drive that I am sending back to Hewlett Packard.

I am starting to get back on track, however. The vacation was very well needed, and I'll admit that I did not get much done. Transitioning back to UAlbany after a week of basically sleeping has been a little difficult, but I am managing. I have been very busy catching up on my work, which is why I do not have many pictures this week. I promise my next update will be much better...


Great DaneSeptember 20, 2005

Since this is my first entry, I'll start off by saying that my transition to UAlbany has been an emotional one. From move-in day until now, I've had more highs and lows than a Six Flags' roller coaster. When you've spent 18 years of your life being protected and nurtured by your parents, and are one day suddenly sent to fend for yourself, it is quite a shock.

I've actually watched myself mature over these past few weeks, and it is pretty remarkable. Three weeks ago, my mom was doing my laundry for me. Now, if I don't do it, it doesn't get done. At least my meals are still cooked for me!

In high school, I was forced to go to class or there would be a call home sayingJason and Brian that I was cutting. In college, if I don't go to class, nobody will know except for me. It is a scary feeling knowing that it's up to me - that nobody is on my back pushing me to do my work and go to class. It is actually a bit ironic when you think about it. During high school, you begin to despise your parents and your teachers for forcing you to succeed. Once you're in college, you actually start to miss the "torture."

The thing I'm struggling with most is time management. There are so many distractions and I'm learning that "too much of a good thing is not always a good thing."

Mike's DeskI also see how I need to be really organized. Take a look at my desk (photo)... this is a definite "don't." I'm still trying to find my planner....

I never knew how to budget my money either. I came to school with about $700 in my bank account. After two weeks, I was at negative $140. Luckily, I had my mom to lean back on. In the real world, I would have been in a lot of trouble. Here's what I've learned:



Don't go to the mall if you don't have to... 99% of the time you'll get sucked into buying something you may not even need.



Don't eat out every night.



Save socializing for Friday and Saturday nights. Reserve your other nights for studying and relaxing.

I'm learning that college is what you make of it. I had no idea what to expect when I got here; but so far, it has been a positive experience for me. 

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