Despite the busyness that comes with the start of a new school year and a fluster of fall activities, our Orientation Team has taken a moment to “press pause” and welcome the incoming freshmen and new students to this campus community. They’ve even slowed down enough to take the time to share with us what Press Pause means to them. Here’s what Caleb, Kayla, and Sara have to say.

“I think that for me, Press Pause is important because it is a reminder of the importance of self-control. It means knowing when and where to set your boundaries. I also believe that it can go even further from self-control to the idea of integrity, which means staying true to the beliefs each individual person has. Press Pause means taking a second to stop, think, and evaluate whether a decision you are about to make holds up with who you are and who you want to be. It’s not about saying no to everything either. Press Pause can mean seeing something wrong and deciding to confront the problem. Ultimately, it is this consistent intentionality that creates the largest positive impact in our lives and the lives of those around us.” -Caleb

“Throughout my lifetime, I have always done things based on my gut reaction. I have found that more often than not, my gut tends to be right. Press Pause reminds me to take the time to stop and listen to my gut. I have found myself in situations where I felt like I knew what was going to happen. I sometimes find myself sometimes saying, ‘I should have listened to my gut.’ I think typically we know what the right thing to do is but it’s easy to get wrapped up in whatever is going on in front of us. It is extremely important to stop, take a minute, and think about what is best for you.” -Kayla

Press Pause is a really important concept to me because I think people, including myself, sometimes make decisions without thinking about potential consequences that can follow. Press Pause is about taking a second to examine all the choices a situation can offer and allowing time to think through each choice and make the one that is most beneficial to oneself and others around. I think “press pause” also has to do with maintaining integrity and character in all circumstances. “Pressing pause” allows an individual to make decisions that they will not later regret and decisions that hold true to their character. “ -Sara

We appreciate the wisdom and heart that Caleb, Kayla, and Sara have shared with us in the way they have incorporated Press Pause into their lives and are sharing this with our new Hope students. Let us continue to be intentional and full of integrity as we press pause in our everyday lives.

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