No, I did it whenever I ate lunch but it was at a smaller college. Maybe someone did notice, but moe important I didn’t care. I was there to eat because I was hungry and I really needed just to eat and then maybe have a little time before my next class. In other words if I didn’t mind, it just didn’t matter.
Now forward many many years later and I’m an older lady who still 99% of the time will eat alone when I eat out unless I happen to have my grandson with me.My husband is always gone so it’s no big dea to him, he’d rather eat at home so I actually truly have learned to enjoy the experience.
If someone notices, and they may, who cares if I don’t? To me when I see someone else eating alone it just registers with me that they are eating alone. I don’t feel sorry for them or wonder what’s up. I think as somene else said, if anything, it says to others that you are okay with yourself and that’s a strength.
Now if it makes you sad or something , do something about it… try to actively find someone to eat with and change the situation… otherwise enjoy your meal and use the time to read or just think about whatever you want . In the scheme of life, this is one of those things that can teach you to comfortable in situations that require going t alone. It’s not a bad or sad thing on any level.