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10 December 2020

Farewell 2020! To get you in the festive spirit, we’re giving away some gift cards

Who’s happy to see the end of 2020? What a year it’s been – full of challenges, hardship and stress, but also a shining example of how our University community can pull together to get through difficult times. We’re so proud of all of you for persevering with online study, and for showing your resilience, adaptability and spirit.

Now’s the time to start feeling those #SummerVibes and to celebrate the holiday season, however you and your family observe it. With Victoria now in ‘COVID-Normal’, let your hair down a little and enjoy the weather, gatherings and freedom that summer brings.

To help set the festive mood, we’re giving away seven Coles Myer gift cards, ranging in value from $50 to $150. See below for your chance to win.

But first, take a moment to think about how you can look after yourself and others, and make the most of the break – while still having loads of fun.

Wine glasses iconParty smart

We’ve all got a lot of catching up to do! But remember: drink alcohol moderately to avoid harming yourself and others around you, and to avoid a bad hangover. Download an app like DrinkCoach to track how much you’re drinking and don’t forget the simple trick of making every second drink a glass of water.

You may come into contact with other legal and illegal drugs over the summer. Remember you can say no and that it doesn’t take much to become addicted. If you’re having trouble with drug use, contact the Alcohol and Drug Foundation for support and resources. 

Make sex a positive experience
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Whether you’re in a long-term relationship, you’re dating or you’re open to casual experiences, always practise safe sex and be in control of your sexual health.

Any sexual encounter you have must involve enthusiastic consent – each person must clearly and willingly agree to engage in sexual activity in that moment and be able to verbally give consent. Someone who is significantly affected by alcohol or drugs, is unconscious or is underage doesn’t have the capacity to provide consent. Basically, if it’s not an enthusiastic ‘yes’, then it’s a ‘no’.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual harm, or domestic or family violence, contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Safer Community. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Support iconForm new connections 

The festive season can be quite a lonely time for many people. Feelings of isolation or sadness may be even stronger this year, especially for international students unable to return home due to limited travel options. If you’re facing some time on your own, are feeling homesick or aren’t sure how to cope with a changed routine, consider these ways to connect. You might even make some friends for life!

Meet other Deakin students online

Our [email protected] Facebook Group is a space that’s all about connecting, sharing and supporting. Introduce yourself, share your story and see if others are keen to meet up for a group meal, sporting activity or community event. We also have dedicated Facebook groups for international students and Cloud Campus students, as well as the Deakin Buddies app for Cloud students. Or follow Deakin Life on Facebook or Instagram to stay up-to-date with uni news and events.

Get involved with community organisations

If you’re an international student, contact Study Melbourne, Study Geelong or Connect Warrnambool for helpful information and resources on local clubs, groups and events. The Salvation Army runs free Christmas events across Australia, including meals, carols and more. They can also help if you need support with food hampers or gifts this Christmas.

Try volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to meet amazing people in a safe and supportive space. There’s heaps of different ways to volunteer, so check out the Volunteering Victoria website for opportunities, including details on volunteering as an international student or if you’re on a visa, and volunteering during the festive season.

Enter to win

Win one of seven Coles Myer gift cards!

Kick off your festive season by scoring one of seven Coles Myer gift cards – valued at $150, $100 or $50! To enter, submit the below form by noon on Thursday 17 December. Only one entry per student is permitted.

We’ll notify the winners by email on Friday 18 December, and publish their names in our next #SummerVibes blog on Monday 4 January.

And congratulations to Duyen Tran, winner of the $200 Deakin summer pack!

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