The final goodbye to Outreachy.

I knew that we would arrive here at some point. While I was was worried 3 months ago if I had what it takes to deliver good work during my upcoming Outreachy internship, the empty feeling on how my daily routine would look like without all this, has started to overwhelm me. What if this was a one-off thing? Maybe I was just lucky to have this and might not have the needed ingredients to continue such work in other environments. While I don’t think that any sign of an imposter syndrome might have caught up to me, doubts start to arise frequently when you have to think about “what do I do next?”.

So here I am, 3 months later, but the amount of experiences and skills I gained during this 3 months, would sum up to a much higher timeframe, would I not be part of Outreachy. And I am really grateful for this. Sometimes a small opportunity to get stuff done is all what it takes to have some impact on your life. While I do think that the world doesn’t revolve around Outreachy, the program has a special place in my heart, as it was encouraging to be working with likeminded people, where everyone is more or less on the same page.

Admittedly, my work at Diversity & Inclusion at Mozilla is rather unique, compared to the mostly technical positions most other Outreachy projects have. I do however feel that this was a refreshing change, which offers more Inclusivity for non-programmers contributing in open source project. I hope to see more of that in the upcoming editions, especially from Mozilla, which reflects a diverse culture of contribution opportunities. It would be great to see such culture adopted by more open source projects in the future. Judging from my own experience, there are a lot of non-technical people who are already contributing in open source, whose value is often not lesser than the one of a programmer. I’m looking forward to see projects coming closer to this mindset.

I hope to see Outreachy doing more efforts in the transition phase after the internship though. Mentoring interns in what they can do in their upcoming endeavours would be something which would have a great impact on them. In my example, I already had a few years of background in the Mozilla communities. Someone else might not be that privileged however. This is where mentoring would make a rather big difference.

I want to thank everyone who has helped me during the past months, regardless if it was for a Focus group, or actually a few nice reassuring words which are always great to hear on an adventure like this. I hope you will stick around, as I definitely will.