Conquering Barriers in College

Barriers to Academic Success

  • Academic stress and pressures
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Test Anxiety
  • Procrastination
  • Depression, stress, anxiety
  • Family difficulties
  • Relationship challenges
  • Lack of self care

Depression: What to watch for?

  • Change in sleep patterns or appetite
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Poor hygiene
  • Frequent crying spells
  • Social isolation
  • Self-injury
  • Verbal or written statements of a wish or intent to harm oneself

Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviors: What to watch for?

  • Disruption in daily functioning due to any mind-altering substance
  • Attending class or employment while under the influence
  • Legal difficulties (DUI, drinking tickets)
  • Overuse of internet/computers for

Anxiety: What to watch for?

  • Persistent worrying
  • Agitation during stressful situations such as exams
  • Avoidance of social or other situations
  • One or a combination of physical symptoms
    • Rapid breathing
    • Increased heart rate
    • Shaking
    • Sweating
    • Headaches
    • Stomach aches
    • Muscle aches
    • Sleep difficulty

General Psychological Distress: What to watch for?

  • Trust your instincts!!
  • Any of the previous signs/symptoms/behaviors
  • Any behavior representing a dramatic/significant change from previous lifestyle
    • Attendance record
    • Task completion
    • Life circumstance concerns (recent family death, breakup, etc.)

The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provides the following services to help students live a more balanced life:

  • Initial Appointment/Consultation
  • Short term individual and couples counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Referrals for private therapy
  • Outreach and consultation
  • Alcohol and other drug assessment and counseling
  • Educational Services
  • Self-help brochures and materials

Location: 206 Student Service Building, 610 E John St.
Contact: (217) 333-3704

Making the Initial Appointment
To schedule an initial appointment at the Counseling Center, call (217) 333-3704 M-F from 7:50 am onward

  • Same day appointments are available
  • Sessions are kept confidential

Other Campus Resources

  • McKinley Mental Health (217) 333-2705
  • 24-hour Crisis Line: (217) 359-4141
  • Rape crisis: (217) 384-4444


This information was brought to you by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals.
Counseling Center at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
610 E John St. Champaign, IL 612820
(217) 333-3704