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Medical school is next for the USC Dornsife graduate, with a side hustle that has so far raised nearly $15,000 for charity.

Shreya Daniel is one of USC’s 2022 Salutatorians. (Photo: Gus Ruelas.)

There are few people who could say they have done more in their four years of college than Shreya Daniel.

She is a Student Ambassador at the USC Admission Center, Director of Camp Programming for Troy Camp, Research Assistant at the Neurodevelopmental and Sensory Processing Innovations Research Lab, and Undergraduate Physics Tutor. Not to mention, she started her own nonprofit, More Good Ahead, while on her pre-med path.

To top it all off, this week Daniel graduated from USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences with his Bachelor of Arts in Health and Humanities and a minor in Labor Sciences – and as one of two salutatorians of the class of 2022.

“At USC, not only is it possible to do all of these things, but it’s encouraged. It’s the culture and the norm, and what makes USC so special,” says Daniel.

Originally from Chicago, Daniel initially thought she was destined for a university on the East Coast, but she eventually took a closer interest in California. For her, the real selling point of USC was the interdisciplinary experience it offered. From music lessons to dance, theater and film, Daniel was able to explore all of his interests at USC while pursuing his career.

“It’s not just that you like other subjects, or that you like when they intertwine, but it’s a real approach to education,” she says. “It’s important to look at things from different angles and explore all of your interests.”

Daniel took this to heart outside of the classroom, throwing himself into every group of students that piqued his interest. As someone with camp counselor experience, Daniel asked about Troy Camp when she spotted the group’s social media posts.

“It looks like it’s just a summer camp, but the real philosophy behind Troy Camp is long-term mentorship,” says Daniel.

Eventually, she wants to become a developmental behavioral pediatrician, a specialty that works primarily with children with disabilities. Daniel recognizes that the field is a niche even for the medical community, but that’s the only reason she wants to become a doctor. Growing up, her elementary school had a curriculum for the deaf and disabled, and she befriended many of her classmates in those classes, learning sign language in the process.

One night early in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel decided she needed a project. She was looking for an excuse to revisit her artistic side, so she started making jewelry, clothes, and other pieces to pass the time. Seeing how the world reacted to the pandemic, as well as the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, she decided to start selling the items and donating money to various charities, and before a long time More Good Ahead was born.

“It felt like the biggest passion project of my life, and I never would have done it if I was completely in school,” Daniel says. “That year really helped me develop courage, and I never thought of myself as a courageous person.”

So far, More Good Ahead has raised nearly $15,000 for different charities – The Arc, People Assisting the Homeless, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective.

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