Meet Sumaia Dahirow, a current student of Emerging Digital Academy’s Iwatani Cohort!


Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Kenya but moved to Fargo when I was 4 years old.


What was your occupation before graduating from EDA?

I worked as a Direct Support Professional in the healthcare field.


Why EDA?

I chose EDA because I wanted to increase my computer programming knowledge and skills. I was also looking for an in-person coding bootcamp and found EDA.


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

The support provided has been great!


Are there any companies you would love to work for?

I would love to work for Microsoft. I’ve heard some great things from people that have worked there.


What are your hobbies outside of EDA?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, and traveling whenever possible.


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

Yes. If they are interested in learning to code, I would recommend enrolling in EDA, but I’d encourage them to do as much preparation as they can before enrolling.


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

Shoutout to Kathryn! Her bubbly personality always brightens my day when we’re in class.


What are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for my daughter.

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.