STORY BY ANNA ZAVELL
One person is sitting at a table for six in the dining hall. This person could be seen as friendless or pathetic, which could lead to them feeling uncomfortable.
An article on Huffington Post article called “For College Kids: How to Eat Alone in a Dining Hall” by Meg Schneider talks about how these feelings are nothing to worry about. And, there is no reason to skip a meal completely.
It’s a common fear for college students to worry about eating alone. Sometimes, class schedules may not match up with your friends’ schedules, which doesn’t allow for the same free time to grab something to eat. Or maybe your friends just don’t want to eat at all, but you do.
“I think it’s weird eating alone because I’m so used to always eating with other people,” said first-year Madison Schwarz. “At home, I’d be with my family, and in high school I would always eat with the same friends each day.”
In the article, Schneider says that these thoughts of how others perceive you are only in your head, and only your thoughts, not other’s.
To Schneider, it’s best to walk in looking happy, keep your head up and occasionally glance around and smile at anyone you may make eye contact with.
Some other suggestions Schneider offers for making eating alone less stressful are to bring a magazine, your computer or if you’re really ambitious, homework and study materials to keep focused and occupied instead of thinking about what others think of you.
“While it’s nice to eat with other people, sometimes eating alone is nice too,” sophomore Nick Bianchina said. “Having a roommate and all, it’s hard to find any alone time.”
An article by Lyan Wong titled “Students Skipping Meals Can Lead to Fatigue” stated that the most commonly skipped meals are breakfast and lunch.
“I rarely skip a meal, if I can’t find anyone to eat with, I instead get food from Quad and bring it back to my room,” Schwarz said. “I’d rather eat by myself in my room than not eat at all.”
Wong writes how skipping a meal will eventually lead to a drop in blood glucose levels, which leads to fatigue, making a student constantly feeling tired.
This feeling of tiredness results in a student depending upon energy enhancing drinks or food. After some time, a student’s learning ability may decrease.
“I would never consider skipping a meal. A dude has to eat,” Bianchina said. “Sometimes you have so much studying to do it becomes necessary to eat alone. I typically do this when I eat alone to maximize my work time.”