Charitha Bathala

Electrical Engineering
Master's Candidate


Hey there! I’m a first-year graduate student at Viterbi School of Engineering and I’m currently enrolled at the Ming Hsieh department of Electrical Engineering. On campus, I’m involved with Viterbi Graduate Student Association as a Vice President of Communications. I send out weekly newsletters to the Viterbi students to update them about events happening on campus, volunteering opportunities, information sessions etc and I manage the social media accounts of VGSA. I also work at the Office of International Services.
In my spare time, I like cooking with my roommates or if we’re too lazy then we go out looking for some cool food joints. I also love exploring places and I’m currently on a mission to check everything off my LA bucket list.
This blog is my way of reaching out to all the students out there who are going through their graduate college application ( I know the pain! ) and I hope that my experiences here at USC will guide you better.

Coldplay Concert, Rosebowl 2017

October 6th: That night was the most magical night of my life! I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend Coldplay’s concert in Pasadena. Exactly a year back, when Coldplay had their concert in Rosebowl stadium, a lot of my seniors had attended this concert. That’s when I had decided that if this concert were to happen again, I … Read More

3rd Annual Alumni and Student Mixer

Viterbi Graduate Student Association organized their 3rd Annual Alumni and Student Mixer yesterday!!! The event was successful and students had a such a positive review about the panel discussions. I had an amazing time inviting our Viterbi Alumni to this event and coordinating with them. We’re so grateful to our alumni who showed up yesterday even though it was a … Read More

First Summer in LA!

This was the best summer of my life! I visited a lot of places in LA while I was enrolled in what was probably one of the toughest courses I’ve gone through, while at USC. Like I always say, it’s very important to stay motivated in grad school and my way of rejuvenating is by going out and visiting new … Read More

Frequently asked questions by incoming students

Posted: April 24, 2017, 9:45am I’m so pumped that some of you new incoming students have been reaching out to me with queries that even I had when I got admitted to USC. To make things a little easier, I went through the tons of emails and messages that I sent to my seniors a few months back asking all these … Read More

Fun times before finals!

Posted: April 16, 2017, 10:10am To be honest, I’ve been having little too much fun lately. But it’s good because I’m now motivated to get back into form and start hustling because it’s finals season. This week was so fun. We organized a bowling night in collaboration with the ISE department. We had a great turnout and everyone had a … Read More

VGSA hikes to Los Leones

Posted: April 10, 2017, 12:07pm Yesterday, we organized a hike for the EE department students to Los Leones canyon. We left the campus at 8 AM and reached Los leones around 9 AM. We started the hike at 9:15 AM. It was a 7.6-mile hike and it took us a little over 3 hours to complete the trail. Some of … Read More

Holi at USC

Posted: March 31, 2017, 5:50pm This year has been full of firsts. Surprisingly, this year was my first holi. Though it’s a popular festival in India, I never had a chance to celebrate holi. When I was young, I always had exams during holi. Then when I got older, I stopped caring about it. But when I heard that one … Read More

Treat yo’ SCelf day!!

Posted: March 30, 2017, 12:13pm Last Friday was an amazing day. The USC Residential student government hosted this event called Treat yo’ SCelf day. It was a health and wellness fair. We needed this day so badly. We had a midterm the previous day and we seriously needed a way to de-stress and rejuvenate. We decided to chill out the … Read More

Personal Branding event by VGSA

Posted: March 24, 2017, 10:05am As an international student coming from a university that has a crowd of around 1000 students, USC is like an ocean. Because now I have to make myself stand out among around 25,000 graduate students. And these are not just any graduate students. USC picks out the best and brightest students from around the world. So … Read More

St. Patrick’s Day celebration in DTLA

Posted: March 24, 2017, 7:36am Last Friday, I and my friends celebrated St. Patrick’s day for the first time. One of the student campus cruiser drivers suggested to me that I should definitely go check out the St. Patrick’s day street festival that happens in Downtown. So I pulled along my friends to be part of this. It was a … Read More

What am I doing this spring break?

Posted: March 14, 2017, 5:32pm That is one question that almost everyone seems to be interested in. And my answer to that is … nothing. Honestly, I don’t even think that spring break is a “break” in the case of graduate students. It’s not that nobody made any plans for this break but it’s just that it takes some courage … Read More

A trip to Venice beach

Posted: March 12, 2017, 7:41pm On Friday, we decided to make a trip to the Venice beach because we really needed a break from all the studying and assignments. So we packed our bags with snacks, sunscreen and a frisbee. A lot of the students, at least the spring admits, are not aware that USC has a bus that travels … Read More

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