My Summer with Outreachy!

Hello Everyone, This is my first blog post on medium and I’m very excited to start this new journey. I am a graduate student and the president of Computer Networks Society at UT Arlington. I love dogs, food, technology and gardening (exclusively in that order). This blog is about on one of the most exciting moments in my life and I am very happy to share this milestone with you all!


It was April 23rd, 2018 and a very beautiful day. I was looking forward to this day as it was the day of the internship application results. Needless to say, I was very anxious and nervous as I worked very hard over several weeks. After refreshing my mail client about a million times, the moment finally arrived! I got the email which read “Neerja Narayanappa accepted for Outreachy…”. I cried my eyes out! I was beaming with happiness! My world turned around and I literally jumped out of my bed screaming out loud YES! I MADE IT! It is by far one of the happiest days of my life. I was accepted as an intern for OpenStack Qinling project!


Qinling- is a function as a service for OpenStack. It lets you run your code without requiring you to provision or manage servers, pure awesomeness! It provides a platform to support server-less functions, which will take over the server world pretty soon.


To be an Outreachy intern I knew I hard work hard and start early. I started as soon as the applications for the internships were opened with a single goal in my mind — to get this internship and make it one the best learnings in my career. I thank my mentor Lingxian Kong for guiding me through my internship so far. He is a wonderful person and one of the friendliest people I have ever known. He is one of the best mentors I have ever worked with. I am positive that these 3 months would definitely create a lasting impression on my career. I also thank the Outreachy organizers and all the companies who participated in Outreachy this year.


I love networking with fellow OpenStack enthusiasts, you can find me on Twitter @neerja_narayan. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the application process or OpenStack.

Cheers to New Beginnings!

“Dog sways in a child seat on a swing set” by Marion Michele on Unsplash