Meet Sebastien Zasada, a current student of Emerging Digital Academy’s Iwatani cohort!


Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Fargo.


What was your occupation before graduating from EDA?

I was a sophomore at NDSU and I ran a window washing business in the summer.


Why EDA?

Technology has always been fascinating to me. I enrolled in a coding bootcamp in 2021 and loved it. The more I learned about development, the more I wanted to dive deeper. It clicked. I found an area that I was both interested in and passionate about. I enjoyed the challenge immensely and decided to put my finance and computer science degrees on hold in order to take a deeper dive into coding. That’s when I enrolled.


What has been the most intesting or suprising part about EDA so far?

The most surprising part about the program so far is the amount of information we have learned in the short period we’ve been here. Blaine and Mason have done a great job teaching and helping us through the process.


Are there any companies you would love to work for?

I want to work as a full-stack developer. I want to gain as much experience as possible during my first year of employment. I love the challenge of learning new technology so working at a place that challenges me everyday would be ideal.


What are your hobbies outside of EDA?

I am very interested in personal finance and video games. If I’m not coding, I will be playing Call of Duty or reading a depressing report from the Fed.


Is there any advice you would give to somebody thinking about joining EDA?

If you’re truly interested in web development there is no better place to learn than EDA.


Give a shoutout to somebody in your cohort. What have they done that has wowed you?

Shout out to all of them – they all left jobs to become web developers, which was not an easy decision to make.


What are you grateful for? 

I am grateful for my girlfriend Abigail and my friends Dylan and Jackson for being supportive of my decision to go to EDA.

Kennedy Fields

Kennedy is a Minneapolis native who came north to NDSU in 2020, where she double majored in English and International Studies with a certificate in Professional Writing. While at NDSU, she traveled to eight countries and was co-president of the Entrepreneurship Club, and today, she is passionate about contributing to the contagious environment of innovation and connection that Emerging Prairie fosters. When she's not reading or drinking coffee, you can find her cross country skiing, planning game nights, learning to make new foods, and dreaming up her next travel destination.