I have this guy friend/acquaintance at school that I occasionally talk to, but I really want to build a (stronger) friendship with this guy. Now before anyone asks, yes I have a crush on this guy. I don’t mind being just friends with him but I want to build our friendship to the point where I can come out to him without him looking at me weird because I told him something personal. And hopefully then I can get him to reveal his sexuality to me (but that's not for now, first the friendship!) The thing is, our interaction is somewhat limited. We see each other nearly every day (he follows almost the same classes as me), but we have our own circle of friends that we always hang out with during school so we don’t talk much. I got lucky though because his friends occasionally skipped classes without him so then he’d come sit next to me and we got to talk a couple of times. Now comes the real problem: I’m not sure if our friendship if is getting stronger (in my eyes it is but I don’t know about him). Every time we talk it’s about school stuff and most of our conversations have been really short. We both have exams now and he likes to work until the last minute like me, so after the exam is over, we get to see each other without our other friends. But then we end up talking about our exams till we get to my bus stop. Is this a bad thing? Can you have a friendship built on this kind of chatter? I’d love to talk about other stuff but I just don’t know what to say so we always end up talking about school stuff. I don’t think he really minds though because sometimes he brings up previous exams that we had. Or maybe that’s because he also doesn’t know what to talk about I’m just afraid that he just sees me as an acquaintance or that he thinks I’m boring. And now that I get to see him more often, I want to get the most out of our time together so we can become (closer) friends and maybe talk more often during the rest of the year. Anyone have some tips for a socially awkward guy?