Hello forum people, I am a high school student and I will be entering my final year of compulsory education this fall (yay). Academically speaking, I have been quite successful in my high school career; unfortunately, the same cannot be said with regards to my social life. To start things off, I don't have any friends at school. I had a 'friend' once, but she was a Russian exchange student who barely spoke English... and the only mode of contact we had together was sitting relatively close to each other during lunchtime because we both had no friends to sit with. I get really anxious and have trouble breathing when people try to talk to me and I think that sort of creeps them out. I don't think teachers like me very much either, particularly my French teacher. For the past three years, my French teacher has just referred to me as "the girl who hates talking to people" (I hope she knows my real name by now, but my expectations are null). She would yell at me everyday for being disrespectful because I wouldn't answer her questions during class. It's not that I was trying to be impudent, but I can't speak in public. I know that this may be difficult to understand, but I physically cannot get myself to speak in public even though I want to (I think my larynx is trying to sabotage me). When I open my mouth, the only thing that comes out is an odd hiccup-like noise. The only teachers who I think didn't dislike me were my freshman year English and junior year AP U.S. History teachers. However, my U.S. History teacher is doddery and nice to everybody, so I don't think she really counts; and I think my English teacher only liked me because I had the highest average in her class. Basically, I would really like to get through my last year of high school without weirding anyone out and make at least one friend. Can any of you teachers give me any advice? What qualities do you like in your students? My freshman English teacher will be teaching AP Literature this year, and there is a large chance that I may have her. What can I do to get her to like me as a person?