Get out there and meet people and be able to have something to bring to the conversation. More importantly, if you are a needy person and you want to date a loner, you will have problems getting to a comfortable intimacy level. If a girl is known around campus as a cheater or if a guy's reputation is less than angelic, don't think that you will be the one to break the mold.
Try to find someone that you think you can relate to - socially and mentally. Nothing is worse than being the one who 'shoulda-seen-it-coming' when a person's old habits repeat themselves. Separate your relationship from your school responsibilities.
You may find someone to date that is part of your circle of friends; this is fine, just keep your relationship separate from them.
You can do this by not including your friends in arguments you and your boyfriend/girlfriend have or being overly affectionate while in the group.
Nothing is less attractive to the opposite sex than a person with no confidence, hobby or personality of their own.
Also, if something goes wrong, you'll need your core group of friends to hold you up and be there for you. Having middle men and friends that like to interfere ('help') only makes problems worse. Whether you're 15 or 55, keeping open communication with the person you're dating is absolutely essential.
High schools are full of rumors and drama - don't get sucked into arguments caused by something a friend of a friend might have seen. Most of bad break-ups and horrible fights of high school dating could have been avoided if the couple had made an effort to talk to one another about problems instead of jumping to conclusions. Don't push your boundaries, and don't let anyone else cross them.
In elementary school, friends often become inseparable.
Here’s how one ten-year-old describes the process: “A best friend is like you love her; she’s like your sister or something.