As a teen, Maria Sorensen took every art class her school offered. She was passionate and creative, but still wondered how to use her skills post-graduation. When Maria learned she could be an architect, she knew it was the way to go. After all, her dad was a carpenter and construction was almost second nature to her. Now a graduate of Ball State University, Maria channels her creative energy into her profession. “As an architect, I’m able to incorporate artistic elements that can help a community, or can make a difference,” she says.