How do I get this kid to leave me alone?!
I'm at a small painting school (8 students). There's two frosh, me and this other kid. He clings to me like an annoying needy puppy, will NEVER shut up (I don't like to talk, I love silence), is totally stupid (and yet uses words like taciturn, and then laughs at his ironic pseudo-intellectualism like he's truly intellectual. what?), and drives me up the wall. I always get annoyed and start acting like a huge *****, but then I feel bad (for him, mostly, but also for myself, because the other students see this and it ruins my chance at friendships). I always decline when he asks if I want to go eat together, wear headphones most of the day, etc, but our desks are right next to each other so I can't avoid him. Most annoyingly, he SUCKS at painting and takes up all the teacher's time, and then fails to learn anything on account of said stupidity. I never get a chance to ask my questions, and the teacher keeps both of us frosh at low-level assignments. How do I separate myself from him?!