The arts have been a part of Athena Cole’s life for as long as she can remember.
Cole, a Camas High School senior, has a mother who is a professional artist, and a musician father who plays 15 different instruments.
So, it’s not a huge shock that Cole enjoys art as well. But what is surprising in the number of ways she uses her talent: Cole, an avid “gamer” is considering programming video games as a career. At the same time, she also loves to create costumes, build props from scratch, paint, design backdrops, play the piano and sing.
“I have a lot of interests,” she said. “When I’ve gone for college interviews, they all want to know what I want to do with my life, and I have a hard time answering that question.”
Cole has applied at several universities, including Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.