Sept. 23rd, 2021
Knowing that I was about to start doing the thesis project always made me excited and anxious. I am excited to create some great and interesting stuff. However, the reason that causes anxiety is that I don’t know what exactly I want to do. I start to run a self-analysis to see if anything is sparking. So currently, I have some very vague ideas/topics that I’m interested in.
Even though I haven’t figured out my thesis topic yet, I always know that I want to be a designer who can have some impact—no matter how negligible it is—on the world. I want to participate in the community finding solutions for many wicked problems we are facing today in my future design career.
One area I just started to dive into is personal health. This topic caught my eyes pretty severely in the recent several months. Since the summer begins, I have been going through many sub-healthy conditions, both mentally and physically. It forced me to realize how bad I have been treated myself. At the same time, I did notice that there are many young adults not treating themselves well. Sometimes it is the beginning go a sad story. I want to help these young adults, mostly college students, and me to take better care of ourselves. Also, I find that being an international student made it really difficult to seek professional treatment. There wasn’t a person who would inform me where and how to get such help while I didn’t feel well.
On the other side of this topic, I have begun to pay more attention to mental health since this summer. According to my own short life experience and stories I heard from folks my age, Chinese parenting is doing a terrible job of supporting mental health. What is even worse is that most parents ignore their own mental health. Most of the time, a conflict between parents and their children cannot be negotiated without the help of a third party.
With these initial ideas, I have several narrow down directions:
• HMW inform young adults to take good care of themselves and form a healthier lifestyle?
• HMW make healthcare services more approachable for international students in the US?
• HMW build awareness of mental health crisis for adolescents and young adults in China?
Please help me out with...
• Do you see a good amount of potential in this topic?
• What are some examples/videos/articles that I should definitely check out?
Hey Alice I love the ideas that you started forming here! The image clusters are very representative of the ideas you've listed out. Mental health is a trans-generational topic that is relevant to a lot of us - I think it might be helpful for you to