Danielle Fishel Graduates From College, Encourages Older Folks To Do The Same


Ever since we got wind of the upcoming Boy Meets World sequel (Girl Meets World), Danielle Fishel has been on our radar. The actress’s hilarious Liz & Dick parody is still one of my fave videos of the year, and PITNBR DaeDae had told us that he and Danielle were actually attending Cal State Fullerton together.Well, DaeDae was totally on point and congratulations are in order because Danielle is officially a college graduate! But the best part is that she took to Tumblr to share a really heartfelt message to other adults who might be considering going back to school. Click inside to read more.

Here’s Danielle’s message:

I am officially a college graduate! I took my last two undergraduate finals today and I am so happy, relieved, and proud. Yeah, I’m super proud of myself. :)

I went back to school 4 years ago at 27 years old. I had attempted to go a couple times before then, even going so far as to take my placement exams and sign up for classes, but I could never follow through and actually go. 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. 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. 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. 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. :)

I am a very fortunate person and have been lucky to do many exciting things and to fulfill so many of my dreams but graduating from college is easily among my proudest achievements in life. I hope that if any of you are in school or thinking about going to school, or have wanted to go to school for a long time but just keep finding reasons to put it off, you will listen to me when I tell you…go. Go for yourself. 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. My fiancé took 12 units every semester and worked full time for 2 and ½ years. 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. Stick it out. Persevere. You’ll be so thankful you did. I know I am. xoxo


Ummmmmmm. Did she seriously take time out of her day to write the phrase shout outs (a variation of my personal fave phrase shouts-out)?!?! OMG. I always knew Danielle/Topanga and I were kindred spirits!

But seriously, this is awesome. And I agree– irregardless of how you finish college (or how many babies you have prior to walking across that stage)– it is an awesome, amazing, awesome feeling. I think many people would even agree that older students sometimes make for  better students. I had fun and worked hard during my first two years of college, but when I came back with a whole different set of experiences (i.e. the baby at home and the baby in the belly), my work ethic was on a whole ‘nother level, lol! It was amazing. And exhausting. And then amazing again. I highly recommend it :)

What do y’all think of Danielle’s note? She’s kinda the best, right?



  • Zanne

    I got my Bachelor’s degree when I was a single, childless idealistic, naive 21 yr old. I got my Master’s degree as a married mother of two, a little more jaded and a whole more realistic at the ripe old age of 33, and I can honestly say that the Master’s degree was so much more special, so much more meaningful, than the Bachelor’s degree. So, yeah, if you’re thinking about going back to school or just wanting to for the first time, do it if you can!

  • pufinstuf

    Congratulations to Danielle! And I’m sure that at college she learned that “irregardless” is not a word : )

    • Jessica Leigh

      Yeahhh, I was wondering about that. ;)

    • maddie
    • Shannon

      maddie, lmao! Thank you! I thought everyone was already in on that joke ;)

    • pufinstuf

      Ah, well. I apologize for being an idiot. I’m old, and I went to a state college whear thay din’t teech us guwd.

    • Shannon

      pufinstuf, LMAO! They taught you just fine! I just like playing with some of Trent’s old jokes :)

    • Pufinstuf

      Oh, I have a day job and things, so I haven’t been able to read every single post every day. You know how it is. Sometimes you just have to go grocery shopping. Or sleep. LOL. To be on topic, I didn’t get my BA until I was 28. Completely not my choice. Due to illness. The last couple of years, I hung out with a lot of other “nontraditional students.” There was a general feeling of how deeply we valued our education and a hunger for knowledge that I don’t remember sensing when I started college as an 18 year old.

  • Juneh

    I have to agree with her! I graduated from beauty school and when I announced my future plans were college and not work, I got laughed at. By teachers, by friends, by a lot of people who thought that as a ‘beautician’ I was too stupid to get a degree. Three years later I graduated and I do agree it is one of the best accomplishments. College ended up being very hard, but it has earned me my wonderful job and my new friends who now think it’s cool to have a beautician -and- graduate in their social circle. Three cheers for the underdogs!

  • Megan

    I have to agree with her too. This last year has been the best of my life. It has given me more confidence and opened many more doors for me. I do not regret once second of being back.

  • kendra

    I went back to school..And I effing HATE it! It had been about 14 years since I last stepped foot into a classroom..It was fun at first, but the shine has definitely dulled..I wish I was one of the older students who threw themselves into school, but I’m just not..I’m just trying to float through and get a degree so I’m not a gd receptionist for the rest of my life..Not that there’s anything wrong with it!! I just know I want to do more and, if it takes a lame piece of paper to get me there, I’ll get it..Damn it..

    • Shannon

      kendra, I’m glad you wrote this. Because at 4 am when I was, like, breastfeeding and trying to do my reading and thinking about how I had to get up and do it all again the next day I effing HATED it too (I try not to remember those times, lmao)! But in the end, totally worth it. I think you’ll feel similarly when it’s all said and done :)

  • Dezden

    As someone who works in higher education, I have people from every background come in my office who want to come back for school. For “non-traditional” students, it can be very difficult, but I greatly admire their devotion. It is always exciting when they graduate. Congrats to Danielle and any other December 2012 grads!

  • Nikki

    Cheers for her and everyone whose in the non traditional group. I’m 22 and I can’t even imagine having kids and a full life ON TOP of a full load of classes. I struggle w/ a job and school. (and I still have 2 more yrs until my bachelor’s degree). My mom has been wanting to go back to school, but she hasn’t made it there yet. *fingers crossed* Much respect!

  • DaeDae

    Shannon!!! Thanks for the sex change! Hahaha im a dude but thanks for the shout out! 8-) Congrats are in order for Danielle who finished this semester! I’ll be done in May so Yay to collegiate accomplishments! woot woot! lol

    • Shannon

      DaeDae… OMG. My apologies, lolololol! But wait. You have no idea how long I sat there reading and re-reading your comment, trying to figure out which pronoun to use (based on, like, no leads)… LMAO! I KNEW I was gonna fail. Womp, womp, I’m editing it now :)

    • DaeDae

      Epic Fail!!! Hahaha! No worries, Shannon! Then again who really puts their gender on a comment? Lol it was honest mistake; I’m not trippin’. 8-) Peace and blessings girl!

  • Jayne

    Takes forever part time, but it is so worth it – I am finishing up grad school this spring and did that one class at a time while working full time and being a wife and mom. Congrats to Danielle!