I am single and looking right now, but it seems most girls I meet are fake, shallow, or just don't seem to care all that much. I can't find any girls I can really make a connection with or anything. People keep telling me that in order for me to get a girlfriend, I just need to ask a girl out. But I can't find any girl that I feel worthy of asking out! I just can't see anything coming from asking them out, I don't want to fake liking them, because that leads to awkwardity, and I've experienced just that in the past. However, there is this girl who is one of my close friends. Lately I've realized that I have developed feelings for her. She is smart, caring, funny, sweet, beautiful in my eyes, and best of all, GENUINE. She is the only girl I really, really like, especially among the general college demographic of fake, pretty on the outside only girls. We hang out a lot and we really connect on many levels, but I don't think she knows that I would love us to be more than friends and pursue a relationship. I don't know if she has feelings for me or not. I have been contemplating maybe talking to her about these feelings, but there are some other things that have been bothering me. I am still weary of the whole friend zone thing. I hear it's impossible to get out of, but at the same time, in the past year, two of my close friends have each found a mate whom they were friends with, one of them was friends with the guy she's going out with now since sixth grade. So, If I ask them, they say go for it. I don't want things to become awkward and have her and I drift apart, that would be terrible. Second of all, which is like a dark mountain lingering in the distance is that she is leaving in less than a month to study abroad in Ecuador until late May. This not only seems depressing becuase I won't see her for 5 months, but it also puts a time constraint on if I want to pursue the next level between us. Not only that, but I think that might hurt a relationship, unless it was deep rooted. She could also find someone else in ecuador, because she is not opposed to long term relationships. So what would you do and what do you think I should do? Should I just have a heart to heart and explain myself? Should I somehow find out if she likes me back? Or should I just try to find someone else because my chances of a relationship working out between of us is slim to none?