Nootropics for Life After College

The internet is a vast source of information. You can watch days of your life vanish as you click on one BuzzFeed test after another, convincing yourself that you really do need to find out which mythical creature you are (and then retaking the test when you don't get the answer you want).

However, believe it or not, there is more to life out there than meaningless tests on the internet. In fact, if you're a college graduate or busy professional there are numerous hurdles that far outrank BuzzFeed in importance, if not in entertainment. For instance, if you are hired for a position and the leading factor was your knowledge of another language, but you actually haven't spoken it in years, you may have a slight problem on your hands.

BuzzFeed cannot save you now. 

horse tornado

Horse tornado, carousel, does it really matter? To your boss, probably. 

Nootropics for Learning Languages

  • Piracetam for auditory learning
  • Choline to improve cognition and to work synergistically with piracetam
  • DMAE to improve cognition, memory, and focus
  • Idebenone to improve reaction time to visual and auditory stimuli

If you want to avoid this catastrophe, you could always brush up on your foreign language skills. This thread over at longecity suggests trying out a combination of piracetam, choline, DMAE, and idebenone. 

Piracetam is a well known brain booster but it can improve how your brain processes auditory input. 

CDP Choline is an obvious choice as it works synergistically with the racetams and has cognitive benefits of its own. Plus, many racetams increase acetylcholine uptake within the brain; as acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter responsible for learning, not having enough of it is detrimental to mastering a language. 

DMAE also increases acetylcholine within the brain as well as improves learning, memory, and focus.

Anecdotally, Idebenone improves reaction time to visual and auditory stimuli. Plasticity also plays a large part in cognition and learning a new language, so a supplement such as noopept may also prove helpful as its mechanism of action modulates AMPA receptors which directly increase synaptic plasticity.

Nootropics for Focus and Energy

Do you find yourself day dreaming in the office when you should be working? Or perhaps you find your work so mentally draining that all you want to do is take a nap? Falling behind on your work and sleeping on the job are not exactly foolproof ways to be promoted. They may, however, get you fired.

The days of schlepping your way through college courses in your pajamas are over. As much as being a gainfully employed real adult can be a pain, there are perks, such as not having to live in your mom's basement for the rest of your life. 

sleeping on the job

If you struggle with focus and energy, there a few nootropic combos you can try. The most popular combination by far is theanine and caffeine. Caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant in the world, but you can't just chug coffee all day and hope for the best. Combining caffeine with theanine, however, works wonders. Theanine is able to boost concentration and smooth out the caffeine jitters to provide a calm, focused energy. 

Adrafinil is a powerful nootropic that boosts mental and physical energy. This is a great nootropic to take when you are losing focus due to lack of sleep. Adrafinil prevents fatigue without the side effects of common stimulants.

Individuals looking for a less subtle boost could try a stack containing oxiracetam, ALCAR, and Alpha GPC. Oxiracetam is not only a great cognitive enhancer, it also has mild stimulant properties that provide cognitive and energizing benefits. ALCAR is great for mental energy, improving your concentration. Alpha GPC is a choline source, which works synergistically with racetams and can also enhance cognition. 

Nootropics for Motivation

Sometimes not even the fear of total failure is enough to motive you to get your work done. When you finally do decide to stop wasting your time by doodling, playing Minecraft, or surfing the net you realize what was once a manageable agenda is now an impossible task mountain.  

procrastination cycle

The life cycle of procrastination. From hyperbole and a half.

Panic is not the most conducive tool for great work output. Sure, you might actually succeed in getting all of your work completed, but the quality likely suffered. A lot. To avoid this procrastination cycle and subsequent unemployment, try some nootropics for motivation instead. 

The caffeine + theanine combination above coincidentally works for motivation too. Another nootropic that boosts motivation is sulbutiamine. Sulbutiamine can improve your mood, energy, and mental alertness as well. 

Life after college does not need to be one big snooze fest. If you are miserable in your work, you will likely be miserable in your free time. Work life transfers to home life, so be sure to make the most out of your work day and improve your skills for a good work-life balance. 

About Samantha Bookwalter


Samantha Bookwalter is freelance writer and social media specialist. She specializes in web editing, copy editing, copy writing, social media management, HTML, CSS, and other web-related acronyms. Samantha has an affinity for health and fitness; in her free time she enjoys working out with her husband and researching recipes that are not only healthy but delicious too.


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