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Rowan Blanchard isn't your average teenager.
Already an acclaimed author, social activist and teen advocate, the Girl Meets World star has become a leader of her generation.
And although she grew up on television screens in family rooms around the world, her passion for social issues goes beyond that of most of her peers.
The actress' future looks brighter than ever as she celebrates her birthday today. And while she may only be turning 17 years old, this young woman is proving to be wise beyond her years.
Here are eight ways that the actress has wowed fans with her intelligence, maturity and wise words.