How to Make an A in Biology

“Dr. Ylostalo, how can I get an A in your Microbiology class?” A question I often get asked early in the semester by students who seek to succeed in my course. Here are some of the main points of the discussions I have with the students asking this question. These approaches will not only help...
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Fragile or Sturdy?

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, full of wonder, anticipation, and the celebration of the coming Savior. I love Christmas as much as anyone, but when it’s over, I’m ready to pull down the decorations and resume my normal schedules related to faith and work. As I was taking the decorations off the tree...
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Worship

Does your church do worship right? That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?  We have been through a bit of “worship wars,” and I’ve read any number of posts about why hymns are good or why modern choruses are good or why we need to use hymnals or why we need overhead projectors. Frankly, most of...
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Kinds of Counseling: How Theoretical Orientation Shapes Your Counseling Experience

Many factors influence your experience in counseling including the theoretical orientation of your counselor. A theoretical orientation is a counselor’s philosophy about how problems develop and how these are resolved or treated. It also informs the counselor’s focus in each counseling session, goals of counseling, and interventions you will experience in counseling sessions. Below are...
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Faithful Steps

The old saying goes, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.” How many times do we find ourselves paralyzed because we had too many options for that first step? Or even worse, it looks completely barren and empty with nothing on the horizon. My big journey of how my South Asia mission trip started,...
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Not a Morning Person…

I have never been a morning person, or really attempted to be one, as the idea of constantly waking up at 5:00 AM sounded like a terrible idea. However, as I have experimented this fall with waking up, I have discovered three things about being up and going before the sun rises. Quietness In a...
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Nibble, Don’t Gobble

Surprise! Just a couple of weeks until final exam season begins. Are you ready for them? If you are a planner, you probably prepared for Final Exam Week the first week of the semester. Kudos to you! If you are not a planner, that’s okay; you are not alone. Many people do not plan their schedules...
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Why Give Up Control?

My mom likes to tell a story about my older brother on his first day of kindergarten. She woke him up early on this monumental first day of school, got him dressed, and made breakfast. She drove him to school, and like any other mom, parked to walk him into his first day of class...
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