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Posted by on 2012/09/24 under Friends

I am having a hard time dealing with the whole “friend” situation. I graduated from high school about 2 years ago and in high school, I had a huge main group of friends. We were always going out doing things together, getting dressed up for football games together, you name it. After I graduated high school, most of my friends went off to college and made their own friends and got new experiences meeting new people. I do go to college but I still live at home and commute an hour away to college. It has been hard making friends and living that far away. I can’t really stay on campus too late because I have a long drive home. Also, it’s hard taking part in student organizations and activities because I would have to drive an extra 2 hours out of my day to go up to campus just to do something. It’s exhausting. Lately, I’ve been super depressed about having no friends and not going to do fun college activities. I feel like I’m missing out every single day that I am at college and see other people. I’m not a loner, I do make friends and I do make an effort to talk to people in my classes but let’s face it, making a brand new friend is a lot of work. Getting to know someone for who they truly are is even more hard work and it takes time. Time that I do not feel like I have being so far away. I’ve talked to my parents but they don’t seem to understand how truly depressed and upset I am about this part of my life. I’m not used to not having a ton of friends. It’s been a big change for me, and I do not know how to deal with it. I’ve thought about going to see a therapist or getting on anti-depressant drugs. Does anyone have any suggestions? I do try to pursue further friendships, but I always feel like I’m the one putting more effort into it. It seems like the other person just doesn’t really care about becoming closer friends. I’m really struggling to find happiness here….HELP!

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