Working as an Outreachy intern with LibreHealth this summer has been a great experience! Needless to say, I had mixed emotions when it was time to hand in my final project. I am proud of what I’ve contributed, thankful to have worked with great mentors and a fabulous intern-mate, and saddened that it ended.

For those needing to catch up, you can read about the beginning of my experience. The rest of my journey links will be at the end of this article. For those of you who have been with me throughout this summer, I’ll just jump right in.


What comes to mind when you think of Hawaii? It could be: surfing the waves, walking sandy beaches, enjoying the lovely hula dance, sipping tropical drinks, or something even more personal to you.

Hawaii is widely known for it’s Aloha Spirit

This is one of my favorite songs — and I love the beautiful video:

According to the song, Aloha means “Hello”, “Good-bye” and “I love you”

The Hawaii State Legislature defines the Aloha Spirit as “The coordination of mind and heart … it’s within the individual — it brings you down to yourself. You must think and emote good feelings to others.”

It goes on to define…

The music was staged on the block just before the freeCodeCamp party site

I am proud to have been chosen as one of freeCodeCamp’s 2018 Top Contributors, and to have been invited to the celebration in New York. I am also very thankful that Outreachy sponsored my travel so that as an Outreachy Intern, I could attend this awesome event.

I arrived late the night before, and left early the following morning. So, I’d just like to share with you what happened on Saturday, August 18, 2018 — in Brooklyn, New York.

One of the plans I had for this visit included a live meetup with one of my LibreHealth mentors. Sadly, he…

I can’t believe this will be the last month of my internship at LibreHealth! 😢

Just when it was starting to all come together. But I still have a few more weeks to finish my projects, and I’m thankful for the time to work on them.

For those of you just joining me on my journey, I am an Outreachy Intern at LibreHealth for this summer. I was accepted on April 23 this year to begin my internship on May 23, lasting until August 14. You can read more about how it started here.

Since my last article, I have…

It has been an amazing few weeks. For those of you who have been following my journey, thank you for seeing me over half-way through the internship.

This is a remote position, and it’s been an excellent experience working with people from all over the world. Patience is a virtue when waiting for an answer, but it also is very exciting when we’re all online and working together at the same time.

For those who haven’t read the whole story, or missed a couple of articles, I’ll be happy to give you a quick catch up…

How I got here

In my first article…

This is the fourth installment of my Outreachy Internship articles. I’m writing one every two weeks to provide updates along my journey, and I have tried to stay on schedule. You can read my previous articles if you need to catch up or be reminded of what has happened so far.

In my first article, I shared how I beat the odds and got accepted as an Outreachy intern working with LibreHealth. The next article discussed my preparation to begin the actual internship after I was accepted. In the last article, I talked about a few of the technical challenges…

This has been an interesting couple of weeks for me. As a result, I was slightly delayed in getting this article out.

I was recently selected to intern at Outreachy. Outreachy is a program that organizes three-month paid internships with free and open-source software projects for people who are typically underrepresented in tech.

As an Outreachy intern, I have been tasked with writing about my experience every couple of weeks. This is unique for me, as I am used to editing instead of writing.

In my first article, I had just been accepted as an Outreachy intern working with LibreHealth

Today marks the first day of my official full-time Outreachy Internship with LibreHealth. If you missed my first story about how I got this wonderful internship, check it out here. It’s been quite a journey!

I’m thankful for the break between being accepted and actually getting started. It has allowed me to wrap up some of my previous projects, and I spent part of my time preparing for today. In this article, I’ll give a brief overview of what I’ve done — and learned — so far.

Getting started

I’ve been doing research on the clinical practice workflow and procedures through the…

At 9:00 pm on April 22nd, I was crying in my husband’s arms. I was so certain that I would not be chosen, even after all of my hard work, because there were so many other qualified candidates. Also, I thought I knew who would probably be accepted instead.

Twelve hours later, I received the email from Outreachy saying that I was the new Outreachy May 2018 to August 2018 intern at LibreHealth!

Shortly after that, I received a congratulatory email from the person that I expected they would choose as the intern. …

Toni Shortsleeve

I love being an editor for the freeCodeCamp! I have learned so much from working with Quincy Larson. And I’ve enjoyed the works of wonderful authors.

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