The school year has officially begun, and my tweed jacket and leather satchel are ready for the world. I am no longer in school, but I still enjoy pretending that I could actually be capable of learning new things. In my ideal world, I would attend a small liberal arts college in New England in the 20th century. I would have a never-ending supply of cozy sweaters, and I’d probably take up writing handwritten letters sealed with wax or learn Latin in my downtime.
This idealized academic world is often referred to as Dark Academia. Dark Academia is a popular aesthetic that revolves around a passion for knowledge, learning, classic literature, bookshops, tweed clothing, dead languages and much more. The world of Dark Academia is also often full of secrets. Think of students showing up dead, professors going missing, or a deep dark secret coming to haunt board school students years later.
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