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Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga on the 1990s series Boy Meets World, appears on a promotional photo for the Style Network show The Dish in 2011. - Provided courtesy of NBC Universal / Style Network

'Boy Meets World' star Danielle Fishel graduates college, met fiance while tutoring

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12/20/2012 by Nichole Hamilton

Danielle Fishel, also known as Topanga Lawrence from "Boy Meets World," has earned her college degree - and met her fiance in the process.

"I am officially a college graduate!" she wrote on her official Tumblr page. "I took my last two undergraduate finals today and I am so happy, relieved, and proud. Yeah, I'm super proud of myself."

Fishel, 31, returned to school four years ago at age 27, according to her post. The actress and television host elaborated on her highly positive experience, and gushes that through tutoring, she met her fiance.

"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," she said. "And I went. I went every day and took copious notes and studied my little old lady heart out."

"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 continued. "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 fiance."

While Fishel doesn't reveal her alma mater, according to California State University, Fullerton's Associated Students, Inc. website, Fishel is currently enrolled at the school. She has not confirmed this. The actress' Twitter biography reads "Student of psychology," though it is unclear if that's the degree she obtained.

On December 16, Fishel shared how she prepared for her finals.

"This is how I study. Books, notecards, and notes. Not pictured? Sweats and two dogs next to me. :)" she Tweeted on December 16, with a corresponding photo of her books.

In November, it was announced that Ben Savage and Fishel had officially signed on to reprise their beloved roles in the new Disney channel pilot, "Girl Meets World." The show, which is still in the "very early stages of development," is set to be a spin-off from the pair's long-running 1990s hit series.

While the original actors have officially signed on to the project, there's currently a nationwide casting search for the starring role of the couple's daughter in the show, Riley.

"Big day today! Joining @BenSavage in casting sessions to find our daughter! I'm so excited and can't wait to meet the girls," Fishel Tweeted on December 6.

Fishel also took to her Tumblr account to write a post about the upcoming series, saying: "I promise with the entirety of my heart that we will make GMW with the same honesty, innocence, and intelligence that you learned to expect from BMW."

"GMW is a new show," she wrote. "It isn't BMW brought back to life but in current day. It will have familiar faces, familiar themes, and familiar messages. It will also have new faces, new themes, and new messages. BMW never spoke down to the audience and we are going to do our best to never do that with GMW."

Savage, younger brother of "Wonder Years" star Fred Savage, captured the hearts of viewers as the charming prankster Cory Matthews, while Fishel portrayed the over-achieving hippie Topanga. Rider Strong portrayed Cory's bad boy best friend Shawn Hunter and Will Friedle portrayed his dim-witted brother, Eric Matthews. "Boy Meets World" ran for seven seasons between 1993 and 2000.

From 2006 to 2007, Fishel was a correspondent for "The Tyra Banks Show." Fishel is also known for dating former 'N Sync band member Lance Bass, who revealed he was openly gay in 2006, and for being the spokesperson for NutriSystem. From 2008 until 2011, Fishel was the host for the Style Network's pop culture show, "The Dish."

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