Chaotic Academia is an aesthetic that involves haphazard routines, messy habits, unusual or banned literature and studying with a passion.This subtype of academia promotes the acceptance of messy or seemingly uncomposed traits some students may have.


Chaotic Academia can be defined as:

  • An academia movement that welcomes the disconnection between appearance and personality. The aim is to normalise and humanise the academic aesthetic and reclaim it from the elitism of days gone by.
  • This aesthetic intends to focus on the process of learning instead of stressing over looks and trying to perfect one's secondary aspects like fashion of.


The idea is to accept and stop judging the less visually pleasing or perfectly performed tasks and processes. Furthermore, unlike some other genres, it doesn't inherently agree to follow the rules and implies some form of visual or behavioral variety from the all-accepted idea of the prim and proper academics. Be yourself, have fun and enjoy studying. For some the floor is the best place to study, people can lack of time management, scrawl poetry on a napkin and not in a notebook, use vandalism for help on an exam, and have anarchism quotes all over notes. And it's fine!



Banned literature, listed by author surname.

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lord Horror by David Britton
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Bauvert
  • Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • The Catcher in the Rye by Jerome Salinger
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Stowe
  • 1984 by George Orwell


There are endless ways in how academic chaos can be performed in one's lifestyle. Some activities it's associated with are:

  • Performing rituals in class with books etc.
  • Spending days on the grounds of school
  • Handing in homework at the last minute
  • School uniforms getting torn or being dirty
  • Food fights
  • Study parties at 1 am
  • Sneaking out of school or skipping class
  • Reciting useless facts
  • Drinking cold tea
  • Reading banned books
  • Leaving annotations in the margins of library books
  • Always losing your pens
  • Covering your bedroom wall in sticky notes
  • Collecting books written in languages you don't understand
  • Intense and quick obsessions that consume your soul
  • Spacing out in class
  • Swearing and slang while discussing deep academic topics
  • Emptying your pockets at the end of the day and coming to a total of four pens, a pocket notebook, two receipts, and a highlighter
  • Using a rubber band to tie your hair back
  • Taking a "quick break" then waking up at the middle of the night
  • Drinking energy drinks from vintage teacups
  • Going out during breaks in the rain deliberately to get wet
  • Putting your feet up on the desk while you think with your pen behind your ear
  • Sneaking into the library after hours to "borrow" restricted fiction
  • Writing too many unorganized and uncoordinated annotations


The style doesn't have to be strictly formal and proper. Uniform should be fun! Messing with a shirt a bit, altering it to one's liking, cutting and fixing in different places. Convenience and comfort are prioritised. Anything school related or quick and easy will do. Be yourself!

Some of these examples are:

  • Button downs open over logo tee shirts
  • Messy eyeliner
  • Heavy boots
  • Mismatched socks
  • The same hoodie every day
  • Patched or torn clothes
  • Too many cardigans and sweaters
  • School uniform but worn incorrectly; neckties around heads, ripped stockings
  • Large blazers
  • Sandals (when you’re too lazy to put on boots)



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