I never imagined that one day I will be sharing my MLH Fellowship experience. I feel so proud to be part of the MLH Fellowship. It really helped me to build my portfolio and connections. In this blog post, I will share how I get into this program, how exactly it helped me with my career, and what I learned?
I'll not cover program details such as the recruitment process, program timeline, etc because I already made a Podcast 🎤 on it. You can check it out HERE 🎤🎤🎤
My Major League Hacking Experience
When I heard about Fellowship for the first time, I visited the website, took a look, and closed it thinking I am not good enough to apply for this program. Yes, I actually thought that. A week later, I saw a Facebook post about it in the Facebook Developer Circles group, which excited me and I thought let's give it a try. Surprisingly, I was selected for the program 🎉🎉
Before starting my Fellowship journey, I had no idea how can I contribute to a project. I had no guts to even look at a project's source code. Here's the improvement
MLH Fellowship gave me the confidence to contribute to any open-source project. I now love to take a look at source code, report issues, or fix them by Opening Pull Requests.
Not only this but it improved my Portfolio as well. I recently received a job offer from a company without even applying for it. They were looking for Nextjs Developer and my contributions to Nextjs helped me appearing on their search.
In the Fellowship program, I worked on Nextjs, an open-source ReactJs based Framework that I'm in love with. Most of my contributions were in the form examples, I added new examples that users can use as boilerplate, modified existing ones, and improved some performance by modifying Nextjs Prefetch Function.