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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that there was an uncontrollable amount of excitement that overcame us when we found out that Boy Meets World was getting a spinoff. There was never any doubt that Cory and Topanga would be together forever and even give birth to kids as awesome as they are. As wonderful as it is to see our favorite couple steer their daughter Riley in the right direction on Girl Meets World, we can’t help but to look back on some of the greatest lessons that Cory and Topanga ever taught us about love.

Lesson #1: Don’t try to change for a guy

Remember when Topanga had frizzy hair and was sort of a flower child? And when Cory and Shawn made fun of her every day for it? Eventually, even through the rain dances and random pieces of advice, Topanga won Cory’s heart. By sticking to her hippie roots and choosing not to change over other people’s opinions, Topanga not only proved the importance of being yourself, but also that eventually, even the strangest people can find love. Never make yourself feel like you have to be something you’re not just to please a guy.

Lesson #2: Love takes time (and a lot of work)

Every power couple has its issues, like the time Topanga almost had to move to Pittsburgh with her parents. Or when they were forced to live in that awful apartment (the one where a guy was shot over a salad) in family housing after tying the knot. Cory and Topanga definitely hit some rough patches, but after painting the apartment yellow and Topanga agreeing to stay in Philadelphia with her aunt, everything always seemed to work out in the end, and the saga of Cory and Topanga continued. Relationships are never easy, but they always seem to work out when two people can prove they want to be with each other.

Lesson #3: It’s okay to give second chances

Who could forget the first time Cory and Topanga broke up? Cory got a little too close to Lauren on the school ski trip and ended up cheating on Topanga. It was hard to watch our favorite couple trying not to be together, and a lot of us hated Lauren for not backing off, but Topanga forgave Cory in the end, their relationship turned out better than ever. Knowing that Cory and Topanga had their happy ending should be reason enough for you to stop giving your friends the side-eye every time they forgive their boyfriends for the mistakes that they make; you may not know the whole story.

Lesson #4: True love requires faith

Some of the greatest lessons we could have learned came from the two-part episode when Topanga called off the wedding after learning of her parents’ impending divorce. Topanga couldn’t stand to risk her relationship with Cory ending the way her parents’ marriage did. But one thing Cory continued to make clear the entire episode was that if a relationship is meant to be, it will work out no matter what. As long as two people put in work and have faith in the fact that they love each other, the relationship will never falter.

Lesson #5: It’s possible to meet your soul mate at a very young age

Okay, so maybe not all of us will be lucky enough to meet our future husband as toddlers as opposed to at a frat party, but Cory and Topanga proved that it’s possible.

Lesson #6: There’s a Cory/Topanga out there for everyone

Cory and Topanga are living proof that it’s possible for two people to be soul mates. Your Cory/Topanga might not be as easy to come by as they were for each other, but you’ll know when you’ve found the right person eventually, and all of the hard work and waiting will have been worth it.

Of course, Cory and Topanga weren’t perfect. However, they proved that even though we might not all be lucky enough to meet the person we’re going to marry as toddlers, love can exist at any age, and it can definitely last a lifetime!

Danielle is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in English and minoring in Sociology. You can usually find her dividing her time between being Campus Correspondent of Her Campus UGA, binge-watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix and daydreaming about being one of Beyonce's backup dancers. If you want to know more about Danielle, you can follow her on Instagram (@danielleknecole_) or Twitter (@DanielleKnecole).
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