Science Students Secretly Love The Arts

I’ve been around science-y types in a university setting for 7 years now. If there was one thing that’s been nearly constant during that time period it has been, as terrible as it seems, the patronization of the arts by science students. Terrible catch phrases like “Artsy fartsy” or “Good luck getting a job!” are thrown around in study rooms and offices while science students gripe over how much more apparent work they have to do over their colleagues majoring in the arts.

One might then think that science-y types despise much of that the arts has to offer. ‘S’ is for science and that’s good enough for me! Well, someone’s probably said that.

Well, that somebody was wrong. I was charged with reselling 30+ books for my girlfriend – a recent history graduate – yesterday at the bookstore. They wouldn’t take back 12 of them, so I did what many people do: put up a “free book sign”, and hope they get taken away after a few days. I put up the following at the T-intersection of the 2300 and 2400 wings in the Bioscience building:

Would they be taken away? Would an introduction to German, or a history of heroines, or a children’s literature book, or obscure classical Norwegian novellas be snatched up by a science student? Apparently, yes – after 4 hours:

…and this morning:

So there you have it: science students are secretly interested in learning German on their own, reading obscure classical Norwegian novellas, learning about the history of heroines, but are not the least bit interested in Children’s lit or global politics.

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Dave Semeniuk spends hours locked up in his office, thinking about the role the oceans play in controlling global climate, and unique ways of studying it. He'd also like to shamelessly plug his art practice: