Meet David, a current student of Emerging Digital Academy’s Gosling cohort!


Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Austin, Texas. As for where I grew up, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. I moved from Texas to Indiana, from Indiana back to Texas, from there to Minneapolis,
from Minneapolis to a farm in South Dakota, and from there to Fargo.


Why Emerging Digital Academy?

I chose to enroll at EDA because I was tearing my body apart at my last job.


What were you doing before joining EDA?

I was working as a warehouse employee at a furniture store.


What’s your ideal occupation after graduating from EDA? Are there any companies you would love to work for?

My ideal occupation is a backend developer initially, with a dream of going to work on embedded systems. My dream job would have to be Facebook, Google, or Amazon. After spending some time in EDA, I learned just how innovative those companies are and the ability to learn from those engineers would be a dream come true.


What’s the most interesting or surprising part about your time at Emerging Digital Academy so far?

I am surprised by how much I can learn in such a short amount of time!


What are your hobbies outside of the coding academy?

My hobbies outside of EDA are reading sc-fi, fantasy, and horror books.


Is there any advice you’d give to somebody thinking about joining Emerging Digital Academy?

I recommend learning vanilla javascript. And don’t skimp out on learning CSS – it will save you hours and hours!



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Madi Simpson

Madi is a lifelong creative and lover of the Fargo-Moorhead area. She's gained real-life experience in the worlds of entrepreneurship and marketing by starting her own sustainable upcycled clothing business in 2018. In her free time, Madi can be found hanging out with her mini poodle Georgie, baking delicious pastries, tending to her jungle of houseplants, or enjoying an iced vanilla latte from one of the downtown cafes.