Many times, schools will provide opportunities for students to mingle outside of the classroom. Take advantage of these activities when they come up. After all, the more often you cross paths with someone, the more likely you are to become friends with them, since you’ll have more of a chance to get to know them better.
Afterschool social events might include school dances, movie nights, mixers, and plays. If you attend sporting events, not only will you build a bond with the other students cheering on the team, but the athletes may appreciate the fact that you came out to support them, especially if it’s a team that doesn’t draw a huge crowd. It can sometimes help to invite someone else to go with you to an event like this, since sitting by yourself can be lonely. Just pick someone you’d like to get to know better and say something like, “Hey, Stephen, I was thinking of the baseball game tonight, do you want to go with me?” Even if they can’t go to that particular event, they’ll remember that you asked them, and they’ll be more likely to consider you as a friend.