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Exclamation Making friends. - September 1st 2009, 10:20 PM

A very simple question, which has probably been asked on here at some point.
It's not that I don't have any, but I've moved to a new school where I don't know anyone. I haven't made new friends since 5th grade and I'm pretty sure the 'rules' and social norms are different now. What is appropriate to say? How do you know if someone likes you enough to become a friend?
Any tips would be great. I'm incredibly socially awkward (obvs, or else I wouldn't be making a thread like this) and even seemingly obvious tips would probably help.

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Re: Making friends. - September 1st 2009, 11:47 PM

I find the honest approach effective. During your first class, if you see someone you want to be friends with, just say you're new and introduce yourself. And since you're new, ask what the school is like, how to get to your next class, stuff like that.

What works for me when I want to start a conversation is to use your surroundings to your advantage. Like if I was a guitar player and the person in front of me is wearing a guitar pick around his/her neck, I'd ask if he/she plays ... and if they did or didn't, pointing out things like that initiates conversation. Surroundings are awesome.

What's important is to stay confident and don't worry about the social norms. Be yourself

You can lose yourself. Everything. All boundaries. All time.

And just when the sweet confusion is so intense you think you're gonna die... you kind of do.

Leaving you alone in your separate body, but the one you love is still there.

That's a miracle.

You can go to heaven and come back alive. You can go back anytime you want with the one you love.

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