Campus Confidence Culture

Health & Wellness

Campus Confidence Culture tried to understand what the causes of stress are and how measures can be taken to mitigate them. Through their research they had insight into the fact that stress is often caused through self-confidence issues. Thus, they looked at ways to increase student motivation and confidence.


Team Lead: Christian Manaog
Other Members: Umang Bhatt, Christie Chang

Community Partner



Spring 2016

Final Design

Human-Centered Design Process


define target problem spaces

How Can We's that define problem spaces to research

  • How can we encourage students to seek help if they need it?
  • How can we better help students handle their stress?
  • How can we encourage students to engage in a healthier lifestyle?
  • How can we expand awareness about stress culture?
  • How can we help students manage their time better?
  • How can we help people de-stress in a healthy way?

Initial knowledge and assumptions

  • Students who are stressed are overworked with school/solely school-related things
  • Stress interferes with daily activities
  • Every student has a way to handle their stress
  • Stigma against people seeking help (therapy)


understand your problem spaces

Empathize with stakeholders through personas or stories

Personal Experiences

  • Christie: When I didn’t use a planner in high school, I found myself getting overwhelmed with both academics and extracurriculars. By using a planner now, I am able to organize/manage my time.
  • Christian: Athletics helped get me through high school; If I ever got stressed from tests or deadlines, I would always feel better

Key insights from additional research

  • 80 percent say they frequently or sometimes experience daily stress
  • 34 percent have felt depressed at some point in the past three months
  • 13 percent have been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as an anxiety disorder or depression
  • 9 percent have seriously considered suicide in the past year