I should preface this post by saying that I have have the same core group of friends my entire life dating all the way back to elementary school. The same core group of maybe 9 or 10 guys have been ride or die with each other. I have never had to really make friends in my life, they have just always been there. Ive just now began my Freshman year in college and am find difficulty in forming meaningful relationships with others. I sit with a group of people in the dining halls or in class and have an ok conversation of small talk but nothing ever escalates past that. Im starting work at the rec. center pool as a lifeguard and am planning on joining the political media outlet and am hoping that i can meet people though that. But don't know where to go if that fails as well. Its been really jarring to go from being around your closest friends that you grew up with for several hours a day in the summer to being totally alone in a massive crowd of strangers and having no meaningful conversation. I should also note that i have only been here for 5 days, but they have been quite lonely. I feel like i am doing all of the right things to meet people but am not seeing any results. any advice? Thanks.