Hi, my name is Eva and I’m an 18 year old Devine student @ Howest. Together with Tjen, Laurens and our coach Sander I’m working on the VIAA project (if you want more information on our project you should check their blog posts here and here). I’m pretty sure I’m the youngest participant in open Summer of code 2016 (#oSoc16) and I must admit, I was a little bit scared in the beginning. I had never done something like this and thought I would be an outsider because of my lack of experience. But luckily for me open Summer of code wasn’t a disappointment, in fact I learned almost more in these four weeks than I did in a whole year and soon I wasn’t a scared outsider anymore, I became an insider. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in coding, designing, communication … To convince you all, here are five good reasons why you should participate and why it was such a great experience for me.
1. Don’t be scared of the nerds
I was prepared to be in a room for four weeks with a bunch of asocial nerds (sorry guys 😊) but it was nothing like that! Like really, I’ve never seen so many social and kind people together. It’s like one big happy family, not only inside the building but also after hours there are many things ‘the family’ does (for example the Gentse feesten was the place to be for the party animals among us).
I have laughed a lot. There are always a few really crazy people who make you laugh, even if you’re really tired and don’t want to (and you will be tired at the end, believe me). GIFs are like everyone’s best friend during these four weeks so be prepared!
3. Escape from your comfort zone
If you’re just like me and just finished your first year, you can’t expect to be able to do as much as someone who is doing the same only he/she is doing it for three years already. But that means you can learn from them (and you earn money at the same time, who doesn’t love that?). You have to observe and try some new things, don’t stay in your comfort zone (like I did at first) and even if you want to stay in that easy zone, they won’t let you. Now I see that’s a good thing even though it took me some time to see that.
If you participate at #oSoc you have the privilege to work with a bunch of talented people. These people can be very handy for later, so make some connections with people.
5. food Food FOOD
I must warn you, if you want that summer body, you shouldn’t participate at #oSoc, I repeat do not participate. But who doesn’t love (free) food and drinks and won’t sacrifice their hot body for that? Not only we had coffee coques but also free pizzas, fries, free water, chocolate milk, and also the coffee lovers among us couldn’t complain.
Thanks for reading and I hope I convinced you all of the awesomeness of open Summer of code!