I am aware of how terrifying it might be, but sometimes you have to take the initiative. You can’t expect your crush to be able to read your mind and realize that you’re seriously crushing on them. Invite them over for a movie marathon, ask them out on a study date, or make an extra effort to speak with them. They might just reciprocate your feelings once they sense your attention, at which point everything will fall into place. Make things happen instead of waiting years for your crush to notice you. The subtlest of expressions might catch your crush’s eye. If you pass them in the hallway, compliment their attire or just smile and say hello. Keep things flirtatious over text after school. Asking them a question, sending them a funny joke or meme, or, if they play sports, congratulating them on a recent victory are all simple ways to do this. Try to be around your crush as often as you can without coming off too strong. It can sound quite apparent. Ask them to be your gym buddy, sit next to them at lunch, or even offer spending the weekend with. You two will get an opportunity to engage and connect during your one-on-one time, which may lead to a mutual attraction. Although it’s enjoyable to chat about oneself, your crush definitely isn’t interested in the time your BFF accidentally fell in front of everyone at the mall (even though it was hilarious). Of course, you should inform others about yourself, but you also need to pay attention to your crush (not on your phone while they tell you about their siblings). Keep an open mind, participate, and pay attention to what they have to say. When you wish them luck on the test they casually mentioned a few days prior, your crush will be really grateful.