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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Karyo's Life List

  1. 1. survive my long distance relationship
    229 people
  2. 2. learn to make delicious desserts
    1 person
  3. 3. study abroad
    2,532 people
  4. 4. draw something everyday
    26 people
  5. 5. cry less
    209 people
  6. 6. get a sensible amount of sleep
    1 person
  7. 7. stop feeling guilty
    256 people
  8. 8. Become less afraid of failure and allow myself the room to make mistakes
    75 people
  9. 9. do more extracurricular activities
    6 people
  10. 10. manage my eating habits
    1 person
  11. 11. feel confident about my appearance
    1 person
  12. 12. stop caring about what stupid people think of me
    1 person
  13. 13. stop being indecisive
    76 people
  14. 14. provide for my parents
    18 people
  15. 15. resist temptations to skip class
    1 person
  16. 16. lose weight
    42,100 people
  17. 17. be a good programmer
    20 people
  18. 18. be ridiculously witty
    1 person
  19. 19. smile more
    3,618 people
  20. 20. learn to paint
    1,290 people
  21. 21. donate blood
    2,847 people
  22. 22. stop wasting time
    3,652 people
  23. 23. talk to my professors
    2 people
  24. 24. develop a thicker skin
    1 cheer
    19 people
  25. 25. study on a schedule
    1 entry
    1 person
  26. 26. write something daily
    10 people
  27. 27. get a 4.0
    422 people
  28. 28. learn to read Thai
    3 people
  29. 29. get on the Dean's List
    36 people
  30. 30. get a driver's license
    308 people
  31. 31. earn a bachelor's degree
    2 cheers
    56 people
  32. 32. speak up more in class
    0 people
  33. 33. become an internet celebrity
    53 people
  34. 34. get revenge by living well
    27 people
  35. 35. update my website regularly
    3 people
  36. 36. be comfortable around my boyfriend's family
    1 person
  37. 37. make my parents proud
    1,616 people
  38. 38. visit an Interfaith Center
    1 entry
    1 person
  39. 39. get engaged
    1 entry
    625 people
  40. 40. write in my journal more
    150 people
  41. 41. figure out what I want to major in
    1 entry
    107 people
  42. 42. tell my parents about my boyfriend
    11 people
  43. 43. get an internship
    300 people
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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

study on a schedule
Oh, roommate.

Sometimes I feel like I’m ridiculously lazy. ...But, this might just be in comparison with my roommate.

We’re both on the same full-tuition scholarship at our school. When I first met her, she was sick. That is, she was actually not feeling well. So, for the first week of our acquaintance, she was tired and not getting too much work done. I empathized a lot with her, but cheered her on through out the summer.

We liked each other, so when fall semester came, we decided to room together. I expected her to be laid back, like me. To my surprise, she would always be up studying. ALL of the time. :O I knew she was a hardworker, but I never expected that she would study day and night, barely ever going to sleep.

It horrifies me sometimes. I’m pretty lax when it comes to studying. I do fine in school (otherwise I’d never have nabbed my scholarship), but I barely study. I’d feel much more confident if I kept a schedule and devoted more time to going over my work, rather than sitting around reading comics and doodling all day. (..Even if the last option is more fun.)

get engaged
Maybe, eventually.

I’ve been dating my boyfriend for over a year and a half now. Our relationship is extremely serious and we’ve discussed our future together—married, comfortable, 2.5 kids, and an adorable doggy. In all seriousness, though, we’ve looked at our educational and financial situations and we’ve thought about all of our possibilities. Staying together for the rest of our lives is definitely a possibility that hangs in the air constantly.

Realistically, we’re still young, so I know that we have a lot of time to go before we can reach this goal. But, I’m still wishing and dreaming for the day when we’ll eventually take the leap together. :D

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