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Neil O’Donnell is a Senior EOP Counselor at Buffalo State College where he provides personal, academic and career counseling for students during and after their undergraduate journey. Neil also devotes time to educating communities about Obsessive-compulsive Disorder through discussion of his own battle with OCD. Additionally, Neil is an author of books including The Career-Minded Student and Bellwood, OCD and Me. You can find more of his career and stress management advisement at

  • Arthur O. Eve Opportunity Programs: Personal Support for Student Success

    Apr 27, 2017
    Arthur O. Eve, retired New York Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker of New York State's Assembly, fought for the implementation of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). This year, SUNY Buffalo State, where Eve's efforts were first realized, is beginning its celebration of EOP's 50th Anniversary, the program (the program beginning in 1967) and its sister programs throughout the state now referred to as 'The Arthur O. Eve Opportunity Programs'.
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  • Managing the Stress– Notes for Helping College Students Prep for Midterms

    Sep 21, 2016
    While still early in the semester, I am already envisioning the level of stress that surfaces in the coming weeks for the first tests and those dread ‘mid-term’ exams. Yet, as usual, students seem somewhat relaxed as the tail end of the ‘beginning of the semester’ energy is still holding on.
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  • Developing a Personal Stress Relief List

    May 31, 2016
    Everyone encounters stress. I think that goes without saying, but I am surprised at how many individuals don’t prepare for life stressors they encounter repeatedly. For anyone, I think it is critical to know which situations are most stressful AND what methods of release best help in relieving the stress.
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  • Deep Breath. Fresh Start

    May 23, 2016
    We’ve all been there. That moment when stress builds to a point where we shut down. A point when our focus is gone and we seek to separate ourselves from everything. Unlike any number of computer programs, it’s not like we can just hit a ‘reset’ button and focus returns.
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  • Woodland Therapy

    May 17, 2016
    I love woodlands. Between hiking, bird watching, and just sitting on a cliff face in Acadia National Park listening to the collective sounds of nature harmonize, the woodland settings always put a huge dent into the stress my OCD induces. Certainly others have likewise noted that the “ambience” of woodland environments can serve a stress-reliever (Milligan 2007:32).
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