I'm a freshman, and I'm going to an out of state school (to be fair I'm from California and I'm going to school in Nevada so it's not TOO far from home). This is my first semester of college and I've gotta say, so far I haven't been enjoying it socially. Classes aren't too bad, it's just it's a month in and I really haven't met or connected with anyone outside of my suite mates (and even then I wouldn't say I'm good friends with them yet). Back home I was a pretty shy guy mostly because I had self-image problems (I'm a husky dude).
I eventually came out of my shell and made some good friends, and I thought that going to college would be even better (I was thinking "lotsa new friends minus knowledge of me originally being a shy loner" like my old friends did). But nope, it's like high school all over again. Tight cliques on day 1 really put me off, and the clubs I've tried running with have been less than stellar (first there was a fighting game club that was in a bowling alley a couple of blocks away that turned out to be 3 guys and a 1998 TV playing smash bros with no extra controllers and then there was an anime club where everyone was screaming or arguing in between watching episodes). It's like I'm going back in to my shell while I'm up here.
I haven't had the chance to go to parties cause I don't know where any of them are (another **** thing about not knowing anyone here). All this causes me to feel depressed, and my parents are starting to worry about me because they can hear it every time we talk (which makes me even MORE depressed). I haven't given up hope, it's just I don't know where to start improving my situation. Any suggestions?
TL;DR : 1 month into first semester in out of state school. No friends outside of suite mates, can't find parties and clubs haven't worked out.