An authority figure will help guide you through a difficult situation.
It's not unusual for things to start slowly and build up to a rapid finish. This will be one of those times. Things may seem to take forever to get moving, but once things are up and running, there will be plenty of momentum to carry you forward and over the finish line. Just remember to enjoy the ride as you pick up speed.
Don't force a connection with someone in an artificial way. Find common ground, or a common interest, and take it from there.