How to Make the Most of Your Lunch Break If You Don't Have Friends on Campus

When you don't have friends on campus, your lunch break can make you feel even more alone.

While everyone else is meeting up with their besties to chat about their day, you're left to eat your meal in solitude. For some, that might be perfectly ideal. For others, it may seem feel like the longest block of time.

Whichever group you belong to, we're here to help by offering a few ways you can make the most of your lunch break. Find out what they are below!

Join a Club

If you don't want to spend your lunch hour alone, join a club. Heck, join as many clubs as you want. For the most part, they tend to meet during your lunch break, as they know you have way too much going on after school. Not every club meets every day though, so if you want to fill up your lunch hour with places to be and people to see, you'll definitely have to join quite a few clubs. Know that if there's ever a day you don't feel like attending a meeting, you don't have to go. As most of these clubs are run by your peers, they'll likely be pretty lax about attendance and all that jazz. Just be sure you know the rules before you break 'em.

 

Get Ahead on Homework

Have a lot of work assigned this week? Why not use your lunch break to get ahead on it as much as possible so you don't have to do it when you get home? You don't have to complete everything on your to-do list during your short break, just knock out as much as you can.

And if you didn't finish your homework for your periods after lunch (hey, it happens), go ahead and use your lunch break to get that done. If you already had a long enough night and didn't get to something, don't feel bad using your lunch break to finish some work. We've all been there and we will all continue to do that.

Spencer looking at some old documents in a scene from Pretty Little Liars

(Pretty Little Liars via Freeform)

 

Make New Friends

Not really a fan of the idea of working through your lunch break? Why not try to make some new friends? If you really want to eat with people, but don't know where to start, try reaching out to some of your classmates you already share a bond with. Chances are they'll welcome you to their lunch group with open arms. Just because you don't have any of your closest besties on campus, doesn't mean you don't have some acquaintances you can spend your lunch break with.

 

Use It as a Study Power Hour

Just as you can use it to catch up on homework or complete assignments that you didn't have time to finish the night before, you can (and should) use your lunch break as a study power hour. Refresh your brain for a test you have next period or one you even have the following day. The more you can study, the better off you'll be.

Now, we want to make it very clear here that we're not suggesting you use your lunch hour to cram in all the studying you should've done for a huge test weeks ago. Cramming doesn't work for anything or anyone, no matter how much you may believe it. Use lunch as a refresher, not as means to get in all the studying you missed out on.

Harvey, Roz and Sabrina all eating lunch together in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

(Chilling Adventures of Sabrina via Netflix)

 

Do Something for Yourself

Your lunch break is exactly that, a break. So take those few minutes you aren't required to be taking notes or participating in a class discussion to do something for yourself. Whether that's reading a book of your choice, going for a walk around your school's track or even meditating, find something to do that's some form of self-care for you. You could allow yourself to get artsy and creative. Heck, you can even give yourself the chance to nap, if you can find a place to do it. Whatever it may be, do it because you want to and not because you feel the need to.

 

Try to Earn Extra Credit

Some teachers are kind and are willing to offer extra credit for students who use their lunch break to help them in some sort of way. That could be by grading papers, making copies of an assignment, whatever the teacher decides on. If you need some extra points to boost your grade in a class, see if any of your teachers would be willing to let you help them out for some extra credit.

Even if some of them don't, it doesn't hurt to see if you can spend your lunch hour in their classroom getting on their good side in case they need to round up your grade at the end of the semester. We're just saying…

Ms. Norbury grading Cady's exam in a scene from Mean Girls

(Mean Girls via Paramount Pictures)

 

Eat Your Lunch in Peace

At the end of the day, we really suggest eating your lunch in peace. We all deserve a bit of solitude in our lives, but are rarely ever given the chance to appreciate it. That might scare some of you, but it's a sign you need it more than anyone. Take your time alone to get to know yourself better and just be for a minute. Relax, enjoy your food and sit in silence while you contemplate life for a moment. It's more exciting than it sounds.

 

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