The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of work with my application process for Outreachy taking my full attention.
When I got to know about Outreachy, I was intrigued as well as dubious. I had many unanswered questions in my mind. Honestly, I had that fear of failure which prevented me from submitting my partially filled application form. I kept contemplating if the application was ‘good enough’, if my answers were ‘perfect’ and had the right balance of du-uh and oh-ah!
In moments of doubt, it is important to surround yourself with people who believe in you more than you believe in yourself. I’ve been fortunate enough to have two amazing people, my sister Anjali, who is an engineer at Intel and my friend, Pranav Jain who completed his GSoC 16 with Debian. They believed in me when I sat staring at my application and encouraged me to click that final button.
When I initially applied for Outreachy, I was given a task for building Lumicall and subsequent task was to examine a BASH script which solves the DNS-01 Challenge.
I deployed the DNS-01 challenge in Java and tested my solution against a server.
Within a limited time frame, I figured things out and wrote my solution in Java and then eagerly waited for the results to come out. Going through a full cycle of :
I was elated with joy when I got to know I’ve been selected for Outreachy to work with Debian. I was excited about open source & found the idea of working on the project open source fun because of the numerous possibilities of contributing towards a voice video and chat communication software.
My project mentor, Daniel Pocock, played a pivotal role in the time after I had submitted my application. Like a true mentor, he replied to my queries promptly and guided me towards finding the solutions to problems on my own. He exemplified how to feel comfortable with developing on open source. I felt inspired and encouraged to move along in my work.
Beyond him, The MiniDebConf was when I was finally introduced to the Debian community. It was an overwhelming experience and I felt proud to have come so far.. It was pretty cool to see JitsiMeet being used for this video call. I was also introduced to two of my mentors , Juliana Louback & Bruno Magalhães . I am very excited to learn from them.
I am glad I applied for Outreachy which helped me identify my strengths and I am totally excited to be working with Debian on the project and learn as much as I can throughout the period.
I am not a blog person, this is my first blog ever! I would love to share my experience with you all in the hopes of inspiring someone else who is afraid of clicking that final button!