Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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figure out what I want to major in
So much backtracking and confusion.

When I was little, I always assumed that I would be a doctor. It was so engrained into my little Asian kid head, that there didn’t seem to be any other option. The funny thing about this is, at the time, I didn’t mind. I liked science and the thought of rummaging around in another person’s insides was exciting. Of course, when you’re a little kid, you don’t consider the type of hard work and dedication that will be required to reach these kinds of goals. You just think about the fun factor .. which, like I said in my case, was making squishy sounds with other people’s internal organs.

As I grew up, I stayed on the bio track. Biology was even my concentration in high school. And, up until the day when I started my first university application, I just assumed that I would end up in medical school.

It was only when I started to apply to colleges and universities that I considered my future. I didn’t really like biology anymore. I applied to be a history and anthropology major at every school I applied for… except UMBC. Ironically, I won a full scholarship at UMBC which dictated that I pursue a science or technical major.

Oh … shit. :|

With my head hanging a bit low, I sunk back into the biology track I seemed destined for. My first semester revealed to me though, that I couldn’t force myself to like something I just did not like. So… I’m just in a confused jumble right now.

I really enjoy social sciences and the humanities, but they don’t apply to my scholarship and there’s virtually no other way I’d be able to pay for school. Lately, I’ve been thinking about doing an interdisciplinary major.

As much as I despise math and most technical courses, I’ve started to get attached to computer science. It’s hard and frustrating at time, but it’s a lot like cracking a code or solving a puzzle. It gnaws at you and you find yourself dedicated to finding the solution above all. It fits with my scholarship and .. I guess if I work at it, I can see myself really enjoying it.

At the same time, being a social sciences junkie, I’ve also started to latch on to linguistics. Reading about it gets me fired up. I can talk about it for hours and, at the same time, whereas many social sciences can be abstract in their usefulness, linguistics can take on an applied usage that makes it practical in almost every facet of society.

So, how about some computational linguistics? :’D



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