Hello! I'm Maryam Yusuf from Nigeria. I have been selected as one of the 61 interns of the Outreachy (December - March) '21 round.
I will be working on Improving the Unified Kernel Test Result Database System ("KCIDB") a package for submitting and querying Linux Kernel reports. KCIDB is a KernelCI project. The goal of KernelCI is to use an open testing philosophy to ensure the quality, stability and long-term maintenance of the Linux kernel.
As part of my 3-month internship, I'll be blogging to share my experiences with Outreachy and KernelCI. I hope this will help anyone who is interested in applying to Outreachy, or interested in tech.
Outreachy is an initiative that provides paid remote internships with open-source software projects to the underrepresented groups in Tech. Their aim is to bring diversity and inclusivity to the tech industry.
My core values are adventure, community, and growth.
Adventure: I consider myself an adventurous person and value being adventurous. I love trying new things and taking risk on improving myself and helping the world to be a better place. I have a lot of exciting ideas piled up that I would try one day.
Community: Community engagement brings drastic change and impact to the world. Imagine a world without the the open source community, we would not have achieved what we have today.
Growth: I used to be so scared to step out of my comfort zone especially after rejection. I was scared to reapply for Outreachy when I got rejected in the last round, but I realise rejections are also part of growth.
I came across Outreachy while I was exploring the Open source community after graduating from the University. I tried applying in 2020 but got rejected. One of my friends got the 2021 round for May, and encouraged me to apply again. I am definitely grateful to Hasana who encouraged me and helped out through my initial application process.
The second stage of the application was pretty easy as I am familiar with Python and the project I planned to contribute on (KCIDB) was also in Python. Although I had to learn a lot of things like the Google Cloud Platform(GCP) but it was interesting as learning new things is something I love.
I’m glad I didn’t let rejection stop me or else I wouldn’t be writing this blog post today.