Firstly, give up the linguistics. I mean. I’m a trained lawyer that lives of commas and currently I work as a translator mostly of legal texts (because it pays twice better than being a lawyer before bar admission), so I know something about analysing a message and I tell you to stop it. You’re never going to find out what she meant by, “as friends.”
So, if you care for her, go as friends, if you don’t, don’t. Here’s an observation: if you wouldn’t want to waste time on a girl as a friend, then why would you care to make her more than one? This is the sort of logic that most people master later in their lives. But it’s good to realise it early.
So, what you need to do is to get your act together and allow yourself absolutely no wallowing in misery. It isn’t cool, it doesn’t make you a bigger person, you are not a poet, you will be a big guy if you keep doing your job, i.e. living. Because living is a job. There’s a heckload of stuff to do - working, studying, helping people, repainting the garage, mowing the lawn, reading up on your work or hobbies, that you definitely can arrange the time so that you won’t be thinking about that girl up until the time comes. And don’t promise yourself too much because I promise to you rushed relationships aren’t good. One of the best things you can do for a relationship is take it slowly. And I may be wrong, but it’s probably not good to jump up with serious conversations too early (some women expect it, some frown on it, I don’t know which group is more numerous, but it only matters which group you’re compatible with or able to compromise with).
So all in all, be the man you want to be and look for the girl you want to find. Anything else (in the relationship area) is probably distraction. If you don’t “get” a girl because she’s not really your type or she doesn’t really want you so much after all, then all the better (10,000 times better now than after 10 years and you still get to keep looking!).
Cheers, dood, and remember that manly diversions, such as putting stuff together with a hammer and nails or having some screwdriver fun is a wonderful medicine for most of the emo troubles.