Ms. Murni Marisa

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Marisa is presently a fourth-year Tembusu Resident majoring in Political Science, specializing in the sub-field of Comparative Politics. She finds great interests in the interplay of global affairs and politics, and how it affects the world today. Along with Singapore politics, she also focuses on East Asian politics and history. 

Apart from her academic interests, Marisa is fascinated with all things Korean. Where she enjoys reading non-fiction books on North Korea, she hopes to eventually visit North Korea one day (cross fingers she doesn’t get stuck somewhere else in the journey). Marisa also enjoys the winter season where she could freeze it out in the cold while enjoying a hot cup of beverage!  

Marisa enjoys participating avidly in the student community in Tembusu as she sees deep value in the need to forge bonds and build understanding among one another. Having been part of the Tancho House Committee for two academic years, Marisa finds a great sense of belonging to the house. She is also an active member of the Tembusu Ambassadors. 

As a Residential Assistant, she hopes to continue contributing to the community through her active participation in the College’s activities. Marisa also enjoys spontaneous conversations so do come up to her at anytime of the day!

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.