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I'm just a lowly Film MFA who likes science a lot, alas.
We love science enthusiasts here! <3
BS in Communication?
Yep, we'll give that
Q: How about Economics?
A: Economics is not a science and never will be.
We absolutely will give flair to indicate an expertise in econ!
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