Taylor Sibala is a model for student involvement. Academics, sports, music and campus activities all combine to make life at PSU special for this enthusiastic senior.

SENIOR TAYLOR SIBALA is the starting second baseman on the Gorillas baseball team. He’s also a member of  the Honors College, majoring in mechanical engineering technology. He’s highly involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where he serves on the outreach/worship team. Taylor sings in a band and plays guitar and piano. And in 2010, he was picked Homecoming King.

It’s a full slate of activities that would test just about any student, but Taylor seems relaxed and says he’s enjoying his Pitt State experience to the fullest.

“It’s been a great fit,” Taylor said of his choice to come to PSU. He said he likes the tradition he feels on campus and the small classes.

“I love the fact that my professors know my name. That one thing says so much about Pitt State,” Taylor said.

He even has high praise for life in the residence halls.

“It’s really a cool experience to live in the dorms,” Sibala said. “It was one of my favorite years at Pitt State.”

The key, he said, is getting out of your comfort zone.

“Get to know people. Get out of your shell and start meeting people,” he said. “Especially in the dorms, when you start meeting all these people, this carries over through the next three years of your career at Pitt State.”

Now, with his senior year coming to a close, Sibala is thinking ahead. He’s looking forward to his last season of baseball on a team well stocked with both senior leadership and enthusiastic freshmen. He’s thinking about  going to work for the Kansas City firm where he interned or possibly getting a master’s degree.

Wherever his path leads, Sibala said he will look back on the past four years fondly.

“I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of great people while I’ve been here,” Taylor said. “It’s a great campus and a great community.”