So I don't exactly know where to start. I'm naturally a quiet person and have a hard time making friends. I changed schools a few times and did make friends but the last two years in high school were miserable to say the least. I basically thought that trying to be more outgoing and cheerful, getting out of my comfort zone would help me get friends easily so I started doing things which I never did before. I started initiating conversations with random people, smiling at others, making eye contact, greeting them. In short, I kinda faked my persona. I I made a lot of friends but most of them started leaving me out as my true personality began revealing itself after a while. I fell out of my whole group in the last year and was always lonely and pathetic. I enjoy my company but also crave for real and meaningful friendships. But it feels like I would have to fake parts of my personality to make friends because people don't like my natural and quieter self but I don't wanna fake myself and feel like someone else, someone who I am not. I'm in college now and don't know what to do. If someone has similar experience or advice please do share, it would be really helpful.