Hello everyone!

I’m Manisha Kanyal, a sophomore B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering student from India. I’m passionate about open source and software development. The project for which I’ve been selected as an Outreachy intern is “Improve Fedora QA dashboard” and I’m enthusiastic and grateful for this opportunity. It’s going to be a great learning experience for me.

My core values

My core values are optimism and faith.

The optimism in me makes me positive, whatever I do whether it’s related to my field or not, I do it by thinking the best possible thing will happen and hope for it even if it’s not likely. My optimistic attitude reflects a belief or hope that the outcome of some specific endeavor, or outcomes in general, will be positive, favorable, and desirable. That is what keeps me believing in good things most and is very helpful to me.

 I tried to get my application accepted twice but didn’t make it for the first time but the faith in me never really got demotivated by that fact. I kept learning after that, kept putting in the efforts, and finally, this year came with what I was hoping for. Yes, I got selected, I made it. That made me believe that no matter what, even if you are a beginner, if you have faith in yourself you can reach great heights.

What motivated me to apply to Outreachy?

Outreachy is a great opportunity for me to prove myself worthy enough to be in this industry. When I heard about this for the first time, I got really excited to know about it, as one of my friends told me how helpful this opportunity is for people like me who are underrepresented in their fields.

 I wanted to clear my application for Outreachy because I was excited to connect with other females in computing fields and to share my experience and be exposed to open source. This is a great opportunity for me to know other women in my field and to hear their stories, as well as to share my own during and after Outreachy. This motivated me a lot to grab this opportunity asmeeting inspirational people figures at Outreachy will be a great boost for me to try harder and have faith in myself as a woman in tech. Part of me regrets not knowing about Outreachy enough in my freshman year, but now I have this opportunity and I can’t be happy enough.