To move a relationship into something deeper, try sharing small amounts of more personal information and seeing if the other person reciprocates. Don’t share your darkest secret, but start with something a little more personal to deepen the friendship. If the other person doesn’t reciprocate, then perhaps this person isn’t a good friendship candidate for you.
Extend an invitation to someone you think could be a possible friend, and see what their response is. Start with something easygoing, like coffee or a movie, or meeting up after class. If they say no, remember that there may be a lot of other factors involved, such as their own stress and experiences.
Be a good friend
Part of making friendships is about being the friend you’d like to have. Listen to what people are saying, and take a genuine interest in them. Support others, and put in the effort to have empathy, connect with and understand how others are feeling.
Give people space
When you’re socially isolated, it can be easy to come on a little strong when you’re making new friends. Remember to give people space, so that you’re not seen as needy or clingy.
Just like any skill, meeting new people and making friends takes practice. If something hasn’t worked out, rather than simply blaming yourself, think through what didn’t work out and why. There may be many reasons why things don’t work out – the person might be busy, or they may be stressed or be going through a difficult time.