Encouraging students to try and make friends is incredibly important, but whether it’s an unprecedented pandemic or simply unpreferrable people, having a social circle is not inevitable. Your environment has as much to do with it as your actions.
In stories like Milane’s, it’s easy to blame college administrators. Universities employ administrators in disability services specifically to provide accommodations to students like Milane. Other student-facing administrators, such as deans and university presidents, influence the college experience on every level through the writing and implementation of policy.