Are you one of those students who is always catching up on academics, struggles to squeeze out time for extracurricular activities, procrastinates even on tasks of moderate difficulty, thinks that s/he is not capable of matching the feats of their illustrious classmates, chokes at crunch moments, finds it difficult to overcome failures, gets dejected easily, or performs below their potential despite effort?

If you’re one, then you’ve some of the characteristics of a Lemon Grad.

(No disrespect to anyone by using the word lemon. In fact, I was one. That too for long time.)

When you refer someone as lemon, you mean they are imperfect, unsatisfactory, or dud. A Lemon Grad specifically refers to a student who displays one or more of the characteristics mentioned in the first paragraph. Though the word Grad (in Lemon Grad) may suggest that a typical Lemon Grad is a student who’s in college and will soon get a degree or diploma, the term Lemon Grad encompasses students right from middle school to college.

Bottom-line is that if you don’t improve and continue to be a lemon, eventually you’ll graduate from college and face the real world as a Lemon Grad setting yourself up for a below-par career and life.

It’s not that you end up as a Lemon Grad because you lack any quality that the ‘blessed-few’ have. Far from it.

Benjamin Bloom, an eminent educational researcher, says (quoted from the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success) this:

After forty years of intensive research on school learning in United States as well as abroad, my major conclusion is: What any person can learn in the world, almost [barring those with severe impairments] all persons can learn, if provided with the appropriate prior and current conditions of learning.

In most cases, it’s because you’re blissfully unaware of the interventions required to make the difference and end up as Lemon Grads.

You need not.

Who wants to be, anyway?