CDU law student off to France on exchange program 

CDU third year law student Marisa Whitington

Charles Darwin University (CDU) third year law student Marisa Whitington will be heading to France later this month as part of an exchange program to study international law for one semester.

Originally from Sydney, Marisa moved to Darwin three years ago to study Law at CDU and says she has fallen in love with the Territory lifestyle.

“I came up to Darwin because my brother lives here and I was attracted by the flexible study program offered by the CDU law faculty,” Marisa said.

“I applied for the exchange program as a way of gaining more experience in international law as there is growing demand for expertise in this area and it is a fabulous opportunity to get some overseas experience which I can bring back to the Territory,” she said.

Like many students, 23 year old Marisa has been living on a tight budget over the last three years. She says she is currently selling her car, a 1998 Toyota Camry, and what other assets she has to finance the trip.

Marisa has been working part time in a range of jobs to pay for her studies including as a Pilates teacher, child care worker, Paspaley pearls seller, dance teacher and travel agent.

Marisa still needs some additional funds to cover living and travel expenses for the trip to France. Fellow students and friends have organised a special fundraising trivia night at the Parap Hotel on Wednesday 21 June beginning at 7pm. All welcome to attend and a $5 pp cover charge for the event will include a welcome drink, games, prizes and a raffle.