Everybody knows it really shouldn't matter, but sometimes entering a school cafeteria without a lunch mate can seem like walking the plank. Here's how to survive the stroll.
You Will Need
* A thick skin
Survey the room and decide if you want to try for the popular crowd and risk being rejected, make a beeline for the loser table where everyone is accepted, or jump in somewhere in between.
Approach the chosen clique with your head held high, but not your nose in the air.
Politely ask if the seat is taken. When they say no, reply, "Cool, thanks."
Make sure to smile when you ask about the status of the seat. Don't grin like a maniac; just smile enough to seem confident and friendly.
Introduce yourself. Ask their names, and make a point to remember them so you can drop them into the conversation. People love the sound of their own names almost as much as they love the sound of their own voices.
Don't eat anything gross or smelly. No one will want to sit with you.
Ask some questions. What's their favorite band, or how do they feel about the new gym teacher? Break the ice with a few inquiries that invite them to chat about Numero Uno.
If you are confident in your ability to be funny, by all means tell a joke or make a crack. Just don't push it—it's better to stay low-key than to fall on your face trying to be witty.
Be generous with the compliments, even if they're insincere, and offer praise that's unexpected. The head cheerleader is used to being told she's pretty; tell her she's smart and she'll think you're one smart cookie for noticing.
As lunch comes to an end, evaluate your progress. Have you won them over? Or were they polite but cool? If it's the latter, forget them and try a new group tomorrow. Clearly, they are not worthy of your company.
Fact: According to one poll, 70% of students said the cafeteria was the school setting where social boundaries
Want to master Microsoft Excel and take your work-from-home job prospects to the next level? Jump-start your career with our Premium A-to-Z Microsoft Excel Training Bundle from the new Gadget Hacks Shop and get lifetime access to more than 40 hours of Basic to Advanced instruction on functions, formula, tools, and more.
Other worthwhile deals to check out:
- 97% off The Ultimate 2021 White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle
- 98% off The 2021 Accounting Mastery Bootcamp Bundle
- 99% off The 2021 All-in-One Data Scientist Mega Bundle
- 59% off XSplit VCam: Lifetime Subscription (Windows)
- 98% off The 2021 Premium Learn To Code Certification Bundle
- 62% off MindMaster Mind Mapping Software: Perpetual License
- 41% off NetSpot Home Wi-Fi Analyzer: Lifetime Upgrades