School, Work, Bills
#film / Lead Artist Shabnam Nag

About the Project

School, Work, Bills is a 2-min commercial about the realities of being a post secondary student in the present day and in 5-10 years from now. The whole video is carried through three daily activities that is performed by the protagonist and they are; going to school, going to work, and paying the bills which includes student loans and tuition fees. The activities are repeated multiple times through the video. It shows the difficulties of managing those activities on the daily and it shows how the balancing act starts to take a toll on the protagonist. This is the reality that a lot of students face these days and many can’t afford post secondary because of the escalating tuition fees. I wanted to show the facts in a direct manner so that people can relate to it immediately.

I hope my commercial brings awareness to the struggles of being a student in this day and age. I hope this video can create a conversation on this growing issue and encourage people to tell our Premier to make a change. Education is valuable and everyone should have access to it.

Visit School, Work, Bills Facebook page here for behind the scenes footage.

Artist Profile: Shabnam Nag

I associate with the term visual artist because I work in various mediums. Although I am a painting major at Emily Carr University, I work with film and photography. I have always had a passion fore creating films. I am constantly finding new way to break the boundaries of film to incorporate my paintings in some way or form. I am most interested in telling stories of the every man and especially topics on family.

My Education Story

I enrolled in the journalism program at Kwantlen University right after high school. After completing two semesters in the program, I realized that journalism was not the right fit for me. I took some time to figure out my goals and I applied at Capilano University’s Digital Visual Effects program. I quickly realized in the first two days of my classes that the program was not how I envisioned it to be and it was not what I wanted to do with my educational career. At this point, I was losing hope in getting a post secondary education and I had already accumulated a large sum of student loan from my time at Kwantlen and Capliano. Capilano University only refunded 80% of my tuition even though I had withdrawn from their program after two days of classes. I had to start making money because I was getting the letters from student loan saying that I had to start repaying. I worked almost everyday and during that time all I wanted was to be in a university getting an education but I was also afraid of going into more debt. I finally decided that I was going to achieve my goals no matter how many attempts it took or how much money it would cost. I applied to Emily Carr University and I was ecstatic when I found out that I got in. I have been studying at Emily Carr for almost two years now and I can honestly say that this is where I want to complete my bachelors and graduate. Some people do find their calling immediately but for others it takes some trial and error before finding it. My debt has been consistently growing every year. Students should not have to be punished by paying high tuition fees for getting an education. Having a student loan debt as big as mine is disheartening and I worry about how I will repay my loan. I wish this won’t be a factor for the new generation. Students should be able to focus their time and energy on their education and not be in debt so early in their lives.

Dear Premier…

Education is our basic right. To make education inaccessible to the public with the incline of tuition fees is wrong. We should not be taking money from students. This only discourages people from getting a post secondary education. I know so many friends and family that are avoiding colleges and universities. Education costs should not be a burden on the student and their family. People work hard day to day to make a living and support their family and adding the escalating costs of tuition fees on their plate is not fair. We need to change the future of education so that students can excel in their studies and go on to do better things and not be buried in loans.



Sid Tan
6 years ago · Reply

Pointed to video by Rita Wong at Emily Carr. Viewed and seek permission to broadcast on Access Community Television on Shaw TV in Metro Vancouver.

    Sarah Hay
    6 years ago · Reply

    Hi Sid, I believe you’ve been connected now? Thanks so much for supporting the project!


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