I can’t believe that it has been four years since I got accepted to the Reps program. As such, I would just like to reminisce about my time so far with the program. If you are allergic to people talking about themselves I advise that you proceed with caution.
I was a student when an orgmate, who is also a member of the Philippine Web Designers Organization, referred me to this program endorsed by the PWDO Community Manager back then who happens to be one of the pioneers in the Reps program. I was majoring in a non-IT related field and the only tech rep/ambassador program that I knew of back then requires being an IT or electronics engineering major. So when I knew about the Reps program having no requirements whatsoever, I immediately applied.
The program was very young back then so I was very pessimistic that I will get accepted because I’m not majoring/ working in IT and I haven’t really been a contributor to the Mozilla project other than being a loyal Firefox user since its release. Hence, I really appreciated it when I got in despite those doubts.
On my first year, I kept a really low profile. I am just organizing events on my own, especially as I am affiliated with a university-wide org, so I just ensure Mozilla presence there. I do not interact with the local community because… THEY ARE ALL MEN! To add to that. they all live in the south (whereas I live in the east) and how creepy is it that I will ask for permission from my parents to go to a far place to meet with a bunch of men I have just met online? Not to mention that they are all IT professionals, so I was afraid that I won’t fit in.