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Hi everyone! In this blog, I will be sharing my experience of my Outreachy internship. For those of you who don’t know what Outreachy is, let me first give you a brief introduction. Outreachy organizes three-month paid internships twice a year with free and open-source software projects particularly for under-respresented people in those projects. The program is organized by Software Freedom Conservancy. The internships can focus on programming, design, documentation, marketing, or other kinds of contributions. The internship intakes take place in May and December and I was selected for the May 2021 cohort. For this cohort, 71 interns were selected for various Free and Open Source projects.

Now, let me introduce myself. I am Dinithi. I just completed my Undergraduate degree in Computer Science few months back. (Just in time for the Outreachy internship 😀 ) Currently, I am an Outreachy intern at Common Workflow Language Lab. I have applied to Outreachy before in the December 2019 cohort, but my initial application was rejected due to the time commitments I had at that time. From that moment onward, I decided that I will apply to Outreachy again some day when I have proper time commitments. When I got to know about the initial applications for the May 2021 intake, I was at first hesitant to apply due to other commitments I had at that time. Then, a friend of mine who was also an Outreachy intern in the previous cohort told me to apply and I just applied without thinking too much. Hey! You have to apply to see how far you can get right? Due to the overwhelming amount of applications Outreachy received this cohort, the contribution period was pushed back and it worked out for the best of me. For anyone who is hesitant or doubting themselves to apply to Outreachy or whatever comes your way, I’d like to tell you to apply anyway, You have to take that leap of faith to see what your future holds!

Some core values I believe in are honesty, living without regrets and courage. Honesty is not just about telling the truth. It’s about being true to yourself and to all the people around you. Staying true to the person you are no matter what circumstances come your way. Living without regrets is also a value I believe in. Every decision we make in life should be taken so that you have no regrets and so that you won’t ponder on what might have happened if you took that decision in an alternative approach. Always, be courageous to embrace opportunities and face any obstacles that you may come across. Any difficult situation can be overcome with patience and courage. So believe in yourself!

Finally, I’d like to reiterate something I mentioned before in this blog post. If you are doubting yourself or hesitant to apply to any job that you think you are not competent enough, apply anyway. You’ll never know what your future has, without taking that step out from your comfort zone. Take that leap of faith and step out of your comfort zone. Live without regrets, instead of thinking of all the chances you missed because you weren’t confident enough to take that step.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outreachy

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