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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Jane is doing 31 things including…

get into an ivy league school

8 cheers


Jane has written 3 entries about this goal


So.. I got a call in mid May. Well.. callS. When the first call came through, I wasnt home. Second call, I was home. He asked me if I was interested in getting off the waitlist and I said yeah. And he said that tehre was a high chance that I am accepted off the waitlist. and I said coolies..

But after Penn making me wait that long, I came across becoming in love with the school I sent my deposit to (carnegie mellon)and realised that CMU > Penn in most aspects of my college life – aspects that I find important, maybe not to the general public, such as major, department (engineering), job prospects, flexibility in course work and departments, etc… and so I’ll be attending CMU in the fall.

I havent told many people of my acceptnace to Penn but to the ones I have, they told me I was crazy for rejecting an ivy. But what is more important to me is the FIT of the college relative to the student and I just feel that CMU is the better fit for me.

Good luck for everyone that’s applying to Penn or any other ivy for Fall 08!

Neither rejected, nor accepted

I was so surprised when I read that I was put on the WAITING LIST (Penn).
I mean, I thought I was a definete reject!!
I’m putting down my name for the waiting list :)

Change of mind.

Initially, I did not want to attend ANY of the ivy leagues because I just didn’t like them. Reluctantly, I put one on my list of colleges because… well i don’t really know.

I talked to my friend at Princeton and I asked him about Penn (the school on my list). He told me lots of great stories about Penn (because he goes there all the time for basketball games and what not) and now I loove penn!
My dream Ivyleague was Princeton and the more I’ve found about it, the more un-dreamy it became.

I’ve applied to Penn in december and the essay I wrote for Why Penn is by far, the best college essay I’ve written. I hope I hope I hope I get in – I’m their below-average applicant in regards to stats and ECs but I hope they see something in me!

Jane has gotten 8 cheers on this goal.


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