I’ve always been independent. I flew across the Pacific Ocean alone at 8 years old, just a couple days after my eighth birthday.
I never made friends my age — most of my “friends” were my teachers. Making friends only became harder, and in leaving high school for college, I left without a solid friend group to look forward to returning to during the holidays.
My start to college was no different — I didn’t really make any friends, despite starting my first year with a five-week intensive program.