Danielle Fishel Graduates College: 'I'm Super Proud Of Myself'

Danielle Fishel attends the Comcast Entertainment Group Television Critics Association Cocktail Reception at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena Danielle Fishel attends the Comcast Entertainment Group Television Critics Association Cocktail Reception at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena

Topanga earned a diploma!

Former “Boy Meets World” star Danielle Fishel has accomplished her longtime goal of graduating college.

“I am officially a college graduate! I took my last two undergraduate finals today and I am so happy, relieved, and proud,” the 31-year-old actress revealed in a post on her Tumblr page titled, “Education.” “Yeah, I’m super proud of myself. :)”

Danielle, who recently signed on to reunite with Ben Savage for Disney Channel’s upcoming “Girl Meets World,” said going to college has always been a dream of hers (she’d “attempted to go a couple times”), but admitted fear kept her from tackling her schooling until she was 27 years old.

“I was too afraid of being the old lady in class, of being whispered about, and especially of not remembering how to do simple math equations,” she wrote. “After my 27th birthday, I made the decision to stop letting fear be a factor in fulfilling my dreams and living the life I wanted, so with a little encouragement from friends and family, I enrolled. And I went. I went every day and took copious notes and studied my little old lady heart out.”

Her studying paid off in more ways than one.

Not only did she successfully conquer her fear of math, she became a math tutor, which led to a proposal.

“Yes, I was sometimes the oldest person in class, I was whispered about many times, and I did forget how to do a few math equations,” she wrote. “But I persevered and sometimes I wasn’t the oldest person in class, some of the whisperers became good friends, and I did so well in math, I even became a tutor. And that is how I met my fiancé. :)”

The actress said graduating is “easily among” her “proudest achievements in life,” and encouraged fans hoping to go to school to make every effort to achieve their goal.

“You CAN do it. I know you have to work…I had to work too. For the last 7 months I worked 35 hours a week and took 8 units in summer school and 12 units in fall. For the 3 years before that, I was hosting ‘The Dish and could only take Monday/Wednesday classes,’” she wrote. “YOU CAN DO IT. Yes, it will be difficult, very difficult. You will lose a lot of social time (shout outs to all my friends I’ve barely seen in the last 4 years!) and you will wonder why you decided to do this whole school thing again. But you will gain so much more in the long run.”

Adding, “Stick it out. Persevere. You’ll be so thankful you did. I know I am.”

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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