The room was not only a labor of love born out of her connection to Athena, but it also created a safe space for the 18-year-old to experience an important, transitional period in her life. “College [days] are formative years, and sometimes hard ones,” Alethea said. “Having a room you love changes your life: it sets your tone for the day, it gets you through a hard day, [and] it helps you define yourself.”
“College is amazing and weathering all at the same time,” she said. “It is important for her room to feel however she needs it to feel to have the best day she can, every day.
“I teach [my sister] how to go for her dreams and she teaches me how to be confident. So this room is a combination of both our strengths. [And] I will always do anything I can to help her.”