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Hi,
I've been like a year at my school, but because I'm so quiet and shy I haven't made close friends yet. I really want to change that and want to be more open to my classmates. What should I do?

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Hi Hanna!

You seem like a nice person, all you have to do is be friendly!  You don't necessarily need to be really proactive and out there, but be open to your classmates, smile a lot, basically just show that you're not a closed person.  It doesn't matter if you're quiet or shy, as long as people can see that you're a friendly, warm person, they'll come to you.  Sometimes people misread shyness for disinterestedness, so just be smiley and happy and you'll be making friends in no time!

Hope this helped,

Regards,
Dan

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I began this profile in 2007 after a bad breakup with my girlfriend at the time. I was a junior in high school then and the breakup left me pretty heartbroken. I found a reprieve in offering advice to others experiencing similar high school traumas and I began writing here. Almost eight years later and I am still a part of AllExperts. Since then I have gone to university, moved to China, begun working an actual job, and experienced many more dramas. I have had wonderful friends who have supported me through all of it, and I am happy to give back whatever I can. Feel free to send me a private or public message and I will respond as soon as I can =)

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