Sebastian pictured above with staff members Gretchen Elliott and Kent Hainsworth along with Year 7-8 boys, L-R Jett, Lachlan, Malachy, Jimmy, James, Oscar, Lachlan, Rick and Harry
Sebastian has fond memories of Wellesley. The boys asked him what he loved most about his time here and he recalls relishing the freedom of the open spaces and the feeling of independence in and out of the classroom. He also reflected on the strong foundation he received in coding from Ross Hampton whilst at Wellesley. At the age of 10, Sebastian taught himself simple computer programming and by aged 15 he had developed several critically acclaimed free Mac apps including MacDropAny which lets users sync any folder on their computer to the cloud. Over the years, Sebastian has received donations from satisfied users for the use of his free apps and this helped him save for his university education. “I really like the creativity of developing apps. You can take an idea, iron out the wrinkles, and then bring it to life. “
Sebastian spent four years at Princeton during which time he worked as a software engineering intern on MongoDB‘s Node.js Driver team in New York City; did an associate product manager internship at Google; was an Entrepreneurship Teaching Assistant on the Princeton campus, and continued to develop numerous web and Mac apps. The Wellesley boys were very keen to hear all about Sebastian’s degree, life at Princeton (and of course Google) and his interest in software/app product management. It was pretty clear to them that Sebastian was strongly motivated to succeed in the IT industry, and this inspired many of them to share stories about their own tech interests. In the STEM room, the boys showed Sebastian the Makey Makey and LEGO robotics kits and were also very interested to know about Google’s parental control software, comparing options to the Family Zone software used by Wellesley. This group of boys clearly have a keen interest in computer science and, along with the staff that also joined the session, gave Sebastian a positive welcome back to his old school.